Since his death in 1994, thousands of people have testified in writing to the memory of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo: his kindness, the warmth of his smile, his humility, his supernatural courage, and the peace of mind his words inspired in them.
While still quite young, Montse (Spain, 1941-1959) received God’s call to serve him in ordinary life. During the sickness that led to her death, she gave exemplary witness to all who knew her of the peace that comes from being close to God.
Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri was born in Madrid in 1916 on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. One of the first women in Opus Dei, she began its apostolic work with women in Mexico.
Dora del Hoyo was the first numerary assistant in Opus Dei. St. Josemaría found in this spiritual daughter of his a faithful and dedicated woman with great human gifts, who always said yes to God.
Toni Zweifel was born on February 15, 1938 in Verona, Italy. His mother Antonia was Italian and his father, Giusto Zweifel, was a Swiss textile manufacturer. He was baptized on February 26.
Dr. Ernesto Cofiño was born in Guatemala City on June 5, 1899. He was a strong defender of human life, right from conception, and inspired organizations that work for the good of future mothers, street children and orphans.
José Maria Hernández Garnica was born in Madrid on 17 November 1913. He obtained doctorates in Engineering, Natural Sciences and Theology. On 28 July 1935 he joined Opus Dei. He died in Barcelona on 7 December 1972.
Faithful to the spirit of Opus Dei, the couple passed on to their children and to many other people their example of Christian life and marriage, of a “bright and cheerful home,” as St. Josemaria used to say.
Eduardo, a doctor and university teacher, put all his knowledge and skill at the service of God and the sick. Laura, who studied pharmacy, built up with her husband's help a large and cheerful Christian family.