Letter from the Prelate (14 February 2018)

"Let us thank God, because all of it belongs to him." The Prelate remembers his trip to Brazil and stories of self-giving related to the two anniversaries today, a day when we also start Lent this year.

Rome, 14 February 2018

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

I am writing to you briefly, still having fresh in my memory the days I spent in Brazil, where I was able once again to touch the vitality of the Church and the Work with my own hands. In my encounters with very many people, families, and so many young people, their joy ...

"Knowing the 'why' of each job changes how we work"

"Knowing the 'why' of each job changes how we work"

The Prelate of Opus Dei spoke at a recent Congress about work held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. What follows is a summary of his remarks, delivered during an academic colloquium that lasted an hour.

Highlights of Prelate's Pastoral Visit to Brazil

Highlights of Prelate's Pastoral Visit to Brazil

Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz has returned to Rome, after two weeks in Brazil during which he had the opportunity to get to know and speak with many people in the Prelature and their friends, in São Paulo and Río de Janeiro.

Academic Act Honoring Bishop Javier Echevarría

Academic Act Honoring Bishop Javier Echevarría

During a two day visit to the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz took part in an academic act honoring the former chancellor Bishop Javier Echevarría, and had a get-together with over 3,000 people in the University's sports complex.

“Accompanied by your prayer”

“Accompanied by your prayer”

On 23 January 2017, Pope Francis named as Prelate of Opus Dei Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz Braña. We reproduce here a hand-written message from Saint Josemaría's successor, on the anniversary of his appointment.

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.)