Historical Chronology of Opus Dei

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Opus Dei between 1928-1945

Opus Dei was created on October 2nd, 1928. On February 14th, 1930, God showed Saint Josemaría that Opus Dei was meant to include women. On February 14th, 1943, he saw the way for men of Opus Dei to be ordained priests. Until 1945, Opus Dei grew mostly within Spain.

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Opus Dei between 1946-1975

Once the Second World War was over, the expansion of Opus Dei began, first in Europe and shortly afterwards in America. Married people were able to join Opus Dei starting in 1950. Opus Dei reached Asia and Africa, starting in 1958. In 1975, the year that its founder died, Opus Dei reached all five continents: its sixty thousand members were from more than eighty nationalities.

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Opus Dei between 1975 - 1994

Álvaro del Portillo, the successor of Saint Josemaría, continued the expansion of Opus Dei to new countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe. In 1982, Opus Dei became the first Personal prelature of the Catholic Church. In 1992, Josemaría Escrivá was beatified in Rome. Álvaro del Portillo died in 1994.

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Opus Dei since 1994

Monsignor Javier Echevarría, the new Prelate of Opus Dei in 1994 and a bishop since 1995, continued the task of spreading Opus Dei to new countries. In the year 2002, John Paul II canonized Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer in Rome.
 


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