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Opus Dei’s First Steps in Madrid

On finishing the spiritual retreat during which he had received the light to found Opus Dei, St Josemaria returned to his many activities in Madrid. At the same time, he started to look for people with whom he could begin the new apostolate that God [...]
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St Josemaria Escriva in Madrid: the founding of Opus Dei

Fr Josemaria Escriva moved to Madrid in April 1927. He once said, “It was in Madrid that I received my mission, and for that and other reasons I feel that I have full right to call myself ‘a person of Madrid’.” Download this article and a [...]
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February 14: A new anniversary

"February 14, 1930 and 1943: Historic dates for Opus Dei"An historical account of A. Vazquez de PradaSpeaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and [...]
Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women
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February 14: Surprised and delighted. A new anniversary

"February 14, 1930 and 1943: Historic dates for Opus Dei"An historical account of A. Vazquez de PradaSpeaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and [...]
Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women
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What kind of people did Father Josemaria Escriva work with in Opus Dei’s early years?

As a priest, Father Escriva ministered to all sorts of different people. He was chaplain to the “Foundation for the Sick”, a religious institution for women who dedicated their lives to the poorest of the poor in the slums of Madrid. One of these women, [...]
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What difficulties did Opus Dei meet with at the start?

Difficulties arose from different directions. There were Catholics who couldn’t understand Opus Dei’s message that holiness was for everyone, including ordinary lay-people. Some people judged Opus Dei according to their own criteria, unable to recognize its members’ freedom and personal responsibility. There were certain anti-Christian [...]
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1928-1930: The birth of Opus Dei: social, economic and political background in Spain

Father Josemaria Escriva, born in Barbastro, north-east Spain, in 1902, was ordained a priest in Saragossa in 1925. In mid-April 1927 he moved to the capital, Madrid, to study for a doctorate in law while working as assistant priest at the church of St Michael. [...]
Tags: Founding of Opus Dei, Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Isidoro Zorzano, Opus Dei name, Opus Dei's foundational charisma
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The founding of Opus Dei

Tuesday, October 2, 1928, feast of the Guardian Angels, was the second day of a week-long retreat for diocesan priests being given in the house of the Vincentian Fathers in the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. The six priests attending the retreat had celebrated Mass, breakfasted, [...]
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St. Josemaría´s life

St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902, the second of six children of Jose and Dolores Escriva. Growing up in a devout family and attending Catholic schools, he learned the basic truths of the faith and practices such [...]
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Historic dates for Opus Dei

On the morning of Tuesday, October 2, 1928, feast of the Guardian Angels, after celebrating Mass, Father Josemaría was in his room, reading the notes he had brought with him. Suddenly an extraordinary grace came over him, and he understood that our Lord was responding [...]
Tags: February 14 , October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross