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 (13 September 2023)
The Prelate of Opus Dei writes about several upcoming feasts and informs us that work is continuing with the Dicastery for the Clergy to revise the Statutes and send them to the Holy Father for approval.
Pdf: Letter from the Prelate (13 September 2023)
My dear children: may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!
The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which we will celebrate tomorrow, reminds us that “in the Passion, the Cross ceased to be a symbol of punishment and became instead a sign of victory. The Cross is the emblem of the Redeemer: in quo est salus, vita …
From the Prelate: Enlarging the Heart
Considerations about Christian social action in light of the message of St. Josemaría, from Mons. 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.
Mary Magdalene: A Great Disciple of Christ
An article by Bishop Javier Echevarria written in 2016 when Pope Francis made the liturgical memorial of Mary Magdalene a feast, like that of the other apostles. Her feast day is July 22.
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.
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.
"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.
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.