Saint Josemaría Escrivá



Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Saint Josemaría was born in Barbastro (Huesca). He studied to become a priest in Logroño and was ordained in Zaragoza. He then moved to Madrid to do a doctoral thesis in Law. Starting on 2 October 1928 he began spreading the message of Opus Dei in Madrid.

Saint Josemaría spent the first several months of the Spanish Civil War in Republican occupied Madrid. Towards the end of 1937, he managed to cross to the other side of the warfront. He lived in Burgos until the end of the war in March of 1939. From then until 1945 he expanded and developed Opus Dei in Madrid and other Spanish cities.

Saint Josemaría traveled to Rome to obtain judicial approval of Opus Dei from the Holy See. In 1949 he established his permanent residence in Villa Tevere, the central headquarters of Opus Dei in Rome. There, by his side, thousands of members of Opus Dei were formed and then helped spread the institution throughout the world. After the Second Vatican Council, Saint Josemaría went to Spain, Portugal, and several Latin-American countries, spreading the message of the universal call to holiness.

Saint Josemaría's message to the world can be summarized through his encouraging invitation to unify "our interior life, that is, our relationship with God, and our professional, family and social lives, all of which are made up of small earthly realities." He wanted these aspects of our lives to make up one, single unity; "holy and full of God". This is how John Paul II described the message of the founder of Opus Dei during his canonization on 6 October, 2002. Saint Josemaría's personality, message, and priestly activities were all inseparably bound up with one another throught his lifetime.


Saint Josemaría's works


Literature about Saint Josemaría

Nuria Torrell Ibañez

San Josemaría: abriendo los caminos divinos de la tierra, Madrid, Palabra, 2013.

Bruno Mastroianni

San Josemaría Escrivá: una biografia per immagini del fondatore dell'Opus Dei, Torino, Lindau, 2011.

William Keenan

The Day the Bells Rang Out: Saint Josemaría Escrivá and the Origins of Opus Dei, Hertfordshire, Batchwood Press, 2011.

Rolf Thomas

Josemaria Escrivá begegnen, Augsburg, Sankt Ulrich Verlag, 2010.

Giovanni Minoli

Opus Dei, Milano, Rizzoli, 2008.

Massimo Bettetini

Josemaria Escrivá: fondatore dell'Opus Dei, Padova, Messaggero, 2008.

Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg

De Heilige van het Gewone: Jozefmaria Escrivá, stichter van het Opus Dei, theoloog van het dagelijks werk, prediker van de zending van de leek, zielzorger en psycholoog, Amsterdam, Stichting - De Boog, 2006.

John F. Coverdale

Uncommon faith: the early years of Opus Dei, 1928-1943, Princeton, Scepter, 2002.

Eugueny Pazukhin

Zinz y Trudy blazennovo khosemaria Escrivá, Osnovatelia Opus Dei, Helsinki, Okeanos Oy, 2000.

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

El Fundador del Opus Dei, Tomo I: "Señor, que vea", Madrid, Rialp, 1997.

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

El Fundador del Opus Dei, Tomo II: "Dios y audacia", Madrid, Rialp, 2002.

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

El Fundador del Opus Dei, Tomo III: "Los caminos divinos de la tierra", Madrid, Rialp, 2003.

Pilar Urbano

El hombre de Villa Tevere: los años romanos de Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Barcelona, Debolsillo, 1995.

Claudio Sorgi

Il Padre. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Casale Monferrato, Piemme, 1992.

José Miguel Cejas Arroyo

Vida del Beato Josemaría, Madrid, Rialp, 1992.

Ana Sastre Gallego

Tiempo de caminar, Madrid, Rialp, 1991.

Erik Kennet Palsson

Vagen till Opus Dei: Om grundarem och verket, Helsingborg, Catholica, 1989.

Hugo de Azevedo

Uma luz no mundo: vida do Servo de Deus Monsenhor Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Lisboa, Prumo - Rei dos livros, 1988.

Peter Berglar

Opus Dei. Leben und Werk des Gründers Josemaría Escrivá, Salzburg, Ottto Muller, 1983.

François Gondrand

Au pas de Dieu. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, fondateur de l'Opus Dei, París, France-Empire, 1982.

Salvador Bernal Fernández

Apuntes sobre la vida del Fundador del Opus Dei, Madrid, Rialp, 1976.