The apostolic activity in Catalonia was initiated personally by Saint Jose Maria Escrivá in 1939. The first center was opened on June 23, 1940. Nowadays the apostolate of Opus Dei extends throughout the territory and reaches all strata and types of people.
Saint Josemaría Escriva de Balaguer made thirty-seven visits in Catalonia, and two in Andorra. The first time he visited was in 1913, where he travelled to Lleida to pass eleventh grade, and the last time was in 1974, where he also spent a few days in Castelldaura (Premiá de Mar).