Christmas Greeting from the Prelate (2020)

"The Child Jesus calls us to live with a free heart, a heart detached from the goods of this world and able to discern what is truly important."

My dear children: may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!

This year the celebration of Christmas acquires a special tone because of the world-wide health emergency we are experiencing. Perhaps we may want to bring to Bethlehem a special concern or suffering of ours, in order to place it before the Holy Family.

Contemplating the Child Jesus in the crib or in the arms of his Mother ...

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In Montreal

A summary of the days spent in Montreal with Monsignor Ocáriz during his pastoral visit to Canada.

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In Vancouver

A summary of the days spent in Vancouver with Monsignor Ocáriz during his pastoral visit to Canada.

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In Los Angeles

In his final get-togethers on his pastoral visit to the United States, Monsignor Ocáriz met with two large groups of members and friends of the Prelature.

Previous Prelates

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.