First ordination of faithful of Opus Dei to the priesthood

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

The first three priests ordained from among the faithful of Opus Dei, on June 25, 1944 by the Bishop of Madrid were Father Alvaro del Portillo, Father Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica, and Father Jose Luis Muzquiz. All three of them were qualified civil or mining engineers. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

In the hospitals and poor districts

Salvador Bernal

So I went to all those places to find the means to do the Work of God. Meanwhile I worked and formed the first ones whom I had by me. There were people of almost every kind among them. There were university students, working-men, small tradesmen, artists… They were very intense years, in which Opus Dei was growing on the inside almost without our realising it. Tags: Sickness, Opus Dei, Poverty

September 7, 1931 in Madrid: anniversary of a divine locution

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

In the face of the almost revolutionary upheaval all around him, the founder stressed to his followers the Work’s supernatural origin, helping them see that this was no temporary institution or apostolic organization brought about as a response to the religious persecution in Spain at that time. The Work had not come to answer the need of a moment and then disappear once political and social peace was restored. Tags: Contemplation, Faith, Opus Dei

Opus Dei founder’s devotion to the Holy Cross

Salvador Bernal

The founder of Opus Dei always had great devotion to the crucifix, and he expressed this, among other places in n. 302 of his book The Way. Tags: Cross, Jesus Christ

Prehistory of the founding of Opus Dei (1917-1928)

Opus Dei was founded by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer on October 2, 1928. At that point he was a 26-year-old priest. Up till that moment, there is no history of Opus Dei as such. There was a prehistory, which was the story of its Founder’s life and which had different stages. Tags: October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, History, Footprints in the Snow, Vocation

The Rose of Rialp: November 21/22, 1937

John F. Coverdale and François Gondrand

Moved by his devotion to the Blessed Virgin he prayed that our Lady would show him which way he should go by means of a specific sign that he laid down for her. Tags: Spanish Civil War, Crossing the Pyrenees, Our Lady

Death of Don José Escrivá, November 27, 1924

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

On November 27, 1924, Josemaría received a telegram from his mother asking him to come to Logroño because his father had come down with a serious illness. Tags: The Escriva family, Death, Vocation

The joy of being with the Founder of Opus Dei

José María Casciaro

The joy of Saint Josemaria and the other members of the Work also impressed me deeply from the time of my first contact with Opus Dei. What I saw was not something merely natural. Tags: Joy, cheerfulness, Charity

An eleven-year-old’s chance encounter with the Founder of Opus Dei

Rafael Poveda

Rafael Poveda Longo was one of the first people to ask for admission in Opus Dei as an Associate, in 1950. His childhood had one small point of contact with the history of the early years of Opus Dei. Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contemplation, Patience, Poverty, Associate

February 14, 1930 and 1943: New lights on founding Opus Dei

From October 2, 1928, when St Josemaría clearly “saw” the mission God was entrusting to him, his life had only one meaning: to fulfill God’s Will, to be a faithful instrument for opening up the way to holiness in the middle of the world that God showed him: a path of holiness for ordinary Christians, through their work. Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross