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 (14 June 2022)
With the Year of the Family drawing to a close, the Prelate of Opus Dei reflects on the importance of the family in the Church and in society.
Pdf: Letter from the Prelate (14 June 2022)
My dear children: may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!
June 26th will end the Year of the Family convoked by Pope Francis, who has invited us to reflect on the importance of the family in the Church and in all of society.
The family is the first setting where a person becomes aware of being loved for who …
"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.
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.
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.