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 (12 August 2022)
On the occasion of the renewal of the consecration of the Work on August 15th to the Most Sweet Heart of Mary, the Prelate of Opus Dei invites us to keep alive our desires for holiness and apostolate, expressed in a daily, joyful and hope-filled fidelity.
Pdf: Letter from the Prelate (12 August 2022)
My dear children: may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!
As we do every year, on August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, we will renew the consecration of the Work to the Most Sweet Heart of Mary, which our Father made in Loreto in 1951.
Following Saint Josemaría’s example, let us keep very much alive …
“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.”
"I would like the Work to be a great ‘catechesis’ for many people"
We offer an extract from the interview given by Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz to the Croatian newspaper "Večernji list." “Criticisms, when they are well-founded, help us to be better,” he says.
Homily of the Prelate in Torreciudad
Homily given by Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz on August 20 in the shrine of Torreciudad. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination on August 15, 2021.
Monsignor Ocáriz: "The Lord is guiding our boat"
Homily given by the Prelate of Opus Dei on 26 June 2021, the feast day of Saint Josemaría, in the Basilica of Saint Eugene (Rome).
The Work of the Future
An article by the Prelate of Opus Dei about International Workers’ Day that was published recently by "Aleteia."
Audio of Monsignor Ocáriz: "The Gift of a New Christmas"
A meditation by the Prelate of Opus Dei about the season of Advent and the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Most Holy.
"One Year Ago": the Prelate's Trip to the United States
The production company Beta Films has produced the 24-minute documentary ‘One Year Ago’ about the pastoral visit by Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz to the U.S. in 2019.
A summary of the days spent in Montreal with Monsignor Ocáriz during his pastoral visit to Canada.
A summary of the days spent in Vancouver with Monsignor Ocáriz during his pastoral visit to Canada.
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.