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28 March 1925: Josemaría Escrivá Ordained a Priest

The Founder of Opus Dei was ordained a priest in the chapel of his diocesan seminary. He celebrated his first Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, at the feet of the beloved Madonna he had prayed to so often.

Stories from His Life

A Priest Forever

Saint Josemaria was ordained a priest on 28 March 1925. Here is the homily he gave on 13 April 1973, on the dignity and meaning of the priesthood.

Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

Our Lady of Guadalupe

St Josemaria's first trip to Latin America was in May 1970. Guadalupe is not only a shrine visited by nearly thirty million people every year; it embodies the faith of the whole country in union with their ‘Virgen Morena’, the brown-skinned Virgin.

Stories from His Life

"Make your whole day into a Mass"

You go to Mass in the morning, having prepared for it from the time of the Angelus the day before.

Pray with Saint Josemaría

Holy Mass

During his catechesis in Spain in 1972, St Josemaria spoke of the importance of the Holy Mass and the ministerial priesthood.

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St. Josemaria helps me as a seminarian

I am a seminarian in third year theology, in the seventh year of priestly formation. The basic idea about the seminary revolves round prayer life, intense study and hard work. For a long time as a seminarian I used to wonder how to reconcile Prayer life (life of holiness) and intense study.

Testimonies

St Josemaria talks about the mission of priests

A university lecturer asks St Josemaria about the role of priests in today's world. This was in the setting of a gathering in Brazil, June 1, 1974, when St Josemaria was in the fiftieth year of his own priesthood.

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"With arms wide open to everyone"

Saint Josemaria reflects on what it means to be a priest: "I like priests to be just priests, and not to get mixed up in other things. To limit themselves to their spiritual mission, which is no small task."

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The Seminary Years

Why am I becoming a priest? Our Lord wants something: what is it? And in Latin — not very elegant Latin — … I kept repeating Domine, ut videam! Ut sit! Ut sit! The thing that you want, and that I don’t know — make it happen!”

Stories from His Life

To be tranquil and serene

Saint Josemaria speaks to a gathering of priests, encouraging them to identify themselves with Christ.

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