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A university promoted by St. Josemaría

The University of Navarra was founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer in 1952. St. Josemaría was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902. He was ordained a priest in Zaragoza in 1925. On October 2, 1928, he was divinely inspired to found Opus Dei. He passed away in Rome on June 26, 1975 and was canonized by John Paul II on October 6, 2002. His feast day, which is also our University's feast day, is celebrated on June 26. The body of St. Josemaría rests in the Santa Maria della Pace church in Rome (Viale Bruno Buozzi, 75). On numerous occasions, St. Josemaría visited the University of Navarra and met with professors, other employees and students. In 1960, the Municipal Government of Pamplona honored him with the Freedom of the City of Pamplona in recognition of the University's contribution to the cultural and social development of the city.

Founder of Opus Dei and the University of Navarra

Opus Dei ("Work of God" in Latin) is a personal prelature of the Catholic Church whose purpose is to contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church. Specifically, Opus Dei seeks to spread the universal call to holiness and the sanctifying value of ordinary work. St. Josemaría affirmed that work is "an opportunity to develop one's personality. It is a bond of union with others...a means of aiding in...the progress of all humanity" (Christ Is Passing By, no. 47). As a consequence of this vision, the University of Navarra sees work well done and attention to detail as core values. The University of Navarra, which owes its development to the work of many individuals, some belonging to Opus Dei and others not, promotes its aims in an environment of freedom and respect for the religious beliefs, political ideas and opinions of professors and students.