Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei
Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz was born in Paris on October 27, 1944, in a Spanish family exiled in France due to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). He is a consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and has been a member of the Pontifical Theological Academy since 1989. He was elected and confirmed by Pope Francis as Prelate of Opus Dei on January 23, 2017.
Letter from the Prelate (15 November 2023)
The Prelate of Opus Dei informs us that, throughout 2024, Work Weeks will be held in all the regions, in preparation for the Ordinary General Congress in 2025.
Pdf: Letter from the Prelate (15 November 2023)
My dear children: may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!
We are of course keeping very much in mind, in our prayer, the current wars, especially in the Holy Land, and between Russia and Ukraine. Let us continue, also here, being closely united to the Pope and the entire Church.
In several previous messages, I have mentioned the …
From the Prelate: Enlarging the Heart
Considerations about Christian social action in light of the message of St. Josemaría, from Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei.
Homily of the Prelate of Opus Dei in the Basilica of Guadalupe
We offer the homily given by Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz in the Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, on the first day of his pastoral trip to Mexico.
Closing of the Year of the Family: Audio of the Prelate
A 3-minute audio in which Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz reflects on the Year of the Family that ends today, which is also the feast of Saint Josemaria.
25 June Homily in Warsaw
Homily of the Prelate of Opus Dei at the Mass celebrated in the Church of Divine Providence for the feast of Saint Josemaria.
Homilies of the Prelate of Opus Dei during Holy Week
We offer a translation of the homilies preached by Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz during the Easter Triduum.
“The Gospel can help us rest in God”
On 23 January 2017, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz was elected Prelate of Opus Dei. For this anniversary, we offer an interview recently published in the Italian newspaper “Avvenire.”
Video and Stories: the Prelate of Opus Dei in Portugal
Video and stories from Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz's time in Portugal. He met with families, got to know educational initiatives, listened to stories from the recent World Youth Day, and spent time with the people of Opus Dei in the country.
Video: The Prelate in Indonesia
Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz spent a few days in Indonesia before travelling to Australia at the beginning of August. Here is a written summary of the trip, together with a video and photo gallery.
"How far can we go in love for our Lady?"
Photos and stories from Mons. Fernando Ocáriz's pastoral trip to Mexico.
Mons. Javier Echevarría
Bishop Echevarria served as head of Opus Dei from 1994-2016. He worked closely with St. Josemaria Escriva as his secretary from 1953 until the founder's death in 1975.
Blessed Alvaro del Portillo
In 1975, Alvaro del Portillo succeeded St. Josemaría Escrivá as head of Opus Dei, carrying on his work with fidelity and dedication.
About the Role of Prelate
The Prelature of Opus Dei is governed by a Prelate, in accord with canon law and its own statutes. The Prelate and his vicars always carry out their work assisted by councils, made up largely of laity. The council for women is called the Central Advisory and the council for men is called the General Council; both are based in Rome.