Statement of the Catholic Prelature of Opus Dei in response to the ABC Four Corners program of 30 January 2023
We have a deep respect for the women and men who featured in the ABC Four Corners program of 30 January 2023. We were saddened to hear of their experiences and of the way they felt about them.
Opus Dei wishes to respond to the issues raised about study centres.
1. Opus Dei does not in any way condone the practice of “recruitment”. Individuals freely choose to join Opus Dei …
The message of Opus Dei
Work, family life, and other ordinary activities are occasions for spiritual union with Jesus Christ.
Celebrating 20 years since St Josemaria was canonised
Aussies celebrate 20 years since the canonisation of St Josemaria Escriva by sharing their memories
Serving the community in Alice Springs and NZ
High schoolers, university students and young professionals tell their stories of two recent community service workcamps for young men: to Alice Springs in the heart of the outback and to the district of Kāeo in New Zealand.
Young Aussies at UNIV 2022
Last month in Rome, university students from around the world gathered to partake in the annual UNIV Conference. Held during Holy Week, this initiative was launched by St Josemaria in 1968 to encourage young people to reflect on, discuss, and address significant world issues facing humanity. This year the topic of the forum was “Rebuilding Together: The Strength of Human Relationships." Three young attendees from Australia write about their experience - Gerard Rajakariar, Carina Rodrigues and Joshua Lay.
An encounter with St Josemaria on the Camino
As we celebrate St Josemaria’s feast day in 2021, his worldwide impact is evident. Tens of thousands of members, apostolic initiatives aplenty, beatified members… the list goes on. But at the heart of these numbers is what is most important – a personal encounter with God. And for many, this involves a personal encounter with St Josemaria.
Seven Stories about Faith and Family
A compilation of first-person accounts of the adventure of family life, for the feast of the Holy Family on 30 December.
Finding God in Medicine
Xochitl Donis, a pediatrician, teacher and mother of a family in Guatemala, recounts how finding a prayer card of Dr. Ernesto Cofiño at the beginning of her university studies led her to find God in her daily work and life.
Pedro Ballester: "I have never been happier"
Pedro Ballester (1996-2018) was a numerary member of Opus Dei in Britain who died of bone cancer aged 21 with a reputation for holiness. This documentary includes footage and photos from his early life plus recent interviews with his parents, brothers, friends from university.
“I count my joys instead”
Chidinma describes how she found happiness through a friend and a three week internship at Wavecrest Students Hall, Surulere, Lagos.
"I'm retired... How can I help?"
After 33 years as a teacher in a school in Bogotá (Colombia), Joaquín entered a new phase of life.
"What I was needing"
During the 75th anniversary year of Opus Dei coming to Britain we are posting a number of videos telling stories of lives changed by faith. This is Mary's story.
Motu Proprio “Ad charisma tuendum”
Motu Proprio “Ad charisma tuendum” by Pope Francis
Letter from the Prelate regarding the Motu Proprio “Ad charisma tuendum”
Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, Prelate of Opus Dei, writes about Pope Francis' Motu Proprio “Ad charisma tuendum” ("To safeguard the charism").
Motu Proprio “Ad charisma tuendum”: Questions and Answers
We offer some questions and answers prepared by the Opus Dei Information Office regarding the Motu Proprio “Ad charisma tuendum.”
Letter from the Prelate (6 October 2022)
The Prelate of Opus Dei informs us that he will convoke an Extraordinary General Congress in the first half of 2023 in order to make the changes to the Statutes indicated in "Ad charisma tuendum."
Statutes of Opus Dei
The Statutes of Opus Dei were promulgated by Pope St John Paul II in 1982. Written in Latin, they define precisely the juridical configuration of the Prelature, its organization, and its aims.
Apostolic constitution "Ut sit"
The English translation of the apostolic constitution, Ut sit, by which Opus Dei was established as the Catholic Church's first personal prelature.
“Renew your joy for the struggle”
Sometimes you feel that you are beginning to lose heart and that everything is getting on top of you. This kills your good desires, and you can hardly manage to overcome this feeling even by making acts of hope. Never mind: this is a good time to ask God for more grace. Then, go on! Renew your joy for the struggle, even though you might lose the odd skirmish. (Furrow, 77)
There are many who repeat that hackneyed expression 'while there's life there's hope', as if hope were an excuse for ambling along through life without too many complications or worries on one's conscience. Or as if it were a pretext for postponing indefinitely the decision to mend one's ways and the struggle to attain worthwhile goals, particularly the highest goal of all which is to be united with God.
"Working on Trust": On Family & Parenting
This series of videos is intended to help parents in the education of their children. The videos draw upon the teachings of Saint Josemaria, who was passionate about freedom and the educational role of parents.
The Adventure of Marriage: 6 Episode Series
In this series of six videos, Sole and Juampi, an Argentinian couple, share the story of their joys and sorrows, struggles and victories in their married life together. These six videos could serve as a resource for pre-marriage courses and for young couples.
Just Start. Ways to Help People
The eleven videos in this series on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, offered each month during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, can now be accessed on a single page.
"The Heart of Work": Saint Josemaria's Vision
A short video with selections from Saint Josemaria's preaching that illustrate what he means by "sanctifying our work" and striving to find God in our work and daily life.
The Creativity of Charity
How can I help assist those in need? Where do I start? This short documentary shows creative ways in which Catholics from various countries have responded to the needs of those around them.
What Faith Means When You're 20
A video-series featuring young people from various countries talking about how their faith influences their daily lives. In this first video, some of them say a few words about what faith means for them.