St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
Opus Dei founder emphasized universal call to holiness
Feast: June 26
Born in Barbastro, Spain, Josemaría was ordained a priest in 1925. In 1928, he founded Opus Dei, Latin for “God’s work,” as an apostolate in the ordinary circumstances of life, especially work, focusing on the universal call to holiness. It includes laypeople, priests and seminarians. Msgr. Escrivá died in 1975 in Rome, where he had lived, directing the international organization, since 1946. In 1982 Opus Dei was given the status of a personal prelature, the equivalent of a nonterritorial diocese. Its founder was beatified in 1992 and canonized in 2002.
- Catholic News Service
Northwest Catholic - June 2017