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Early Days in Madrid

In mid-April 1927 Father Josemaria moved to Madrid, to study for a doctorate in law while working as assistant priest at the church of St Michael. Having almost no contacts there, he first stayed in modest lodgings, but soon transferred to a residence for priests [...]
Tags: October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, Madrid, Prayer, Poverty, Priesthood

How did Father Josemaria exercise his priesthood during the Spanish Civil War?

Throughout the three years the Spanish Civil War lasted, Father Josemaria exercised his priestly ministry in different ways according to the different circumstances in which he found himself. From the outbreak of the war on July 18, 1936, until he found refuge in the Honduran [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Priesthood

Is it true that another priest was killed by mistake for Father Josemaria Escriva?

Hard facts about this episode are difficult to find. In August 1936, the month after the Spanish Civil War started, some women told Dolores Escriva, Father Josemaria’s mother, that someone looking very like him had been hanged in a street in Madrid. Father Josemaria heard [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Opus Dei, Priesthood

Francis Cardinal Arinze

"If any priest takes offense at this use of the figure of the donkey, then may I advise him to read the following remarks by Saint Josemaria Escriva: Jesus makes do with a poor animal for a throne. I don't know about you; but I am [...]
Tags: Donkey, Retreat, Priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI, Christ Is Passing By

The Pope speaks to more than 15.000 at the closing of the Year for Priests

About 15,000 priests participated in the Vatican in a special ceremony to end the Year for Priests. The pope has answer questions presented by five of them about priesthood, celibacy, vocations and theology.
Tags: Priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI, Rome

Christ’s Faithfulness and the priest’s faithfulness

Dear brother priests, In the time in which we live it is particularly important that the call to participate in the one Priesthood of Christ in the ordained Ministry flourishes in the “charism of prophecy”: there is a great need for priests who speak of [...]
Tags: Faithfulness, Jesus Christ, Priesthood

Videoclips during the Year for Priests

For the Year for Priests proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, this website featured a series of videoclips showing St Josemaria in encounters with priests from different countries. In one of them, St Josemaria said, “I can tell you that I am overjoyed to see you, my [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Get-together, Catechetical trips, diocesan priests, Video-clip

Love our Lady!

Father, could you tell us, more than ever in times like these, what genuine devotion we should have for our Blessed Lady as her sons, what our relationship with her should be as priests, to stay faithful to our priesthood?
Tags: Faithfulness, Priesthood, Holy Rosary, Our Lady, diocesan priests

To be tranquil and serene

How can we be really tranquil and serene? What we can do is be Christ. I remember a secular diocesan priest – a secular priest like us. He lived in Valencia. He was a beneficiary of the Cathedral, that’s all. He lived a holy life and died with a [...]
Tags: Jesus Christ, Peace, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, diocesan priests


In the homily “A Priest Forever” St Josemaria reflects on the Holy Mass; the nature of the Catholic priesthood, its dignity and necessity; and the relationship between priests and lay-people in the Church. The following are some excerpts from it. The full text can be downloaded [...]
Tags: Order, Priesthood, Sacraments, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross