Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei

"Generously support the Pope’s petition to pray the Rosary in October"

The Prelate encourages "all members of the Work, cooperators and those who take part in its apostolic work to generously support this desire of the Pope, and to extend this invitation to many other friends, beseeching our Mother Holy Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel to protect the Church."

Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to recite the Rosary daily during the month of October, and at the end of it to pray the Sub Tuum Praesidium ("We fly to your patronage...") prayer and the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel (see press release from the Holy See Press Office, September 29, 2018). These prayers will help us to spread Christ’s peace and to pray especially for the ...

Previous Prelates

Mons. Javier Echevarría

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

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

About the Role of Prelate

Opus Dei is governed by a Prelate, in accord with canon law and its own statutes. (Click on title above for fuller explanation.)