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Saint Jose Maria Escriva

Born in Barbastro, Spain, Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer was ordained early in his life to priesthood - in the year 1925.

Saint Jose Maria Escriva

Born in Barbastro, Spain, Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer was ordained early in his life to priesthood - in the year 1925. While he was obtaining a doctorate in law, he was also contemplating a movement that would offer ordinary people help in seeking holiness through their everyday activities. Opus Dei, which means Work of God was thus officially founded in 1928.

During the Civil War in Spain he had to exercise his ministry secretly and move from place to place. Only after the war did he return to Madrid and complete his doctoral studies.  It grew exponentially and by the time Msgr. Escriva died in 1975, Opus Dei could be found in dozens of places around the globe.

Today its membership includes approximately 83,000 laypersons and 1,800 priests in 60 countries. His canonization came only 27 years after his death, one of the shortest waiting periods in Church history for which an estimated 300,000 people filled St. Peter’s Square on October 6, 2002.

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