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 (25 November 2021)
The Prelate of Opus Dei invites us to foster our hope when confronting the reality of death, trusting in God's love and having recourse to our Lady.
My dear children, may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!
During these weeks of November we are praying especially for all the deceased. Our remembrance goes particularly to the many faithful of the Work who have left this world, the deceased members of our families, and all the people we have known while they were alive.
Nevertheless, we know …
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.
Prelate's Homily for Feast of Saint Josemaria
The Eucharist, the aspiration "omnia in bonum" (everything is for the good!), and the sense of mission are the three topics of the homily at the Mass in the Prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace in Rome (26 June 2020).
"Holiness Through Work": A Book With Reflections By The Prelate
Edited by Maria Aparecida Ferrari, it includes a discussion between Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz and scholars regarding St. Josemaría’s teachings on work.
The Work of Caring for the World
On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and International Workers’ Day in Europe, "Aleteia" has published an article by Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz about the true meaning of work as service to others.
Meditation of the Prelate on the Third Anniversary of his Appointment
On the third anniversary of the appointment of Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz as Prelate of Opus Dei, we offer an audio and English transcript of a meditation he gave on 27 October 2019 about the central role of prayer in our life.
"Study and prayer should be fused in our heart"
Homily and Address of Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz at the inauguration of the 2019-2020 academic year at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, of which he is Chancellor.
"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.