Saint Josemaría Escrivá



Saint Josemaría was born in Barbastro (Huesca). He began his priestly programs of studyin Logroño. He was ordained in Zaragoza. He moved to Madrid to study law at doctorate. From 2 October 1928 he began to spread the message of Opus Dei in that Spanish city.

St Josemaría spent the first months of the Civil War in Republican Madrid. He managed to move to the other war zone at the end of 1937. He lived in Burgos until the end of the war in March 1939. From then on, he promoted the developmentand the expansion of Opus Dei in Madrid and other Spanish cities.

Saint Josemaría travelled to Rome to obtain juridical approval for Opus Dei. In Rome he established his permanent residency program, from 1949, in the central headquarters of Opus Dei called Villa Tevere. There, together with him, several thousands of Opus Dei members were formed and spread Opus Dei internationally. After the Second Vatican Council he travelled around Spain and Portugal and several Latin American countries spreading the message of the universal call to holiness.

A good summaryof St. Josemaría's message was his constant invitation that "the interior life, that is, the life of relationship with God, and the family, professional and social life, made up of small earthly realities" should not be separated, but should constitute a single "holy and God-filled" existence. This is what John Paul II recalled on October 6, 2002, during the Mass for the canonization of the founder of Opus Dei. St Josemaría's personality, his message and his priestly activity were inseparably united in him.


Works of St. Josemaría


bibliographyabout Saint Josemaría

Nuria Torrell Ibañez

San Josemaría: opening the divine ways of the earth, 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

Zizn and Trudy blazennovo khosemaria Escrivá, Osnovatelia Opus Dei, Helsinki, Okeanos Oy, 2000.

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

The Founder of Opus Dei, Volume I: "Señor, que vea", Madrid, Rialp, 1997.

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

The Founder of Opus Dei, Volume II: "Dios y audacia", Madrid, Rialp, 2002.

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

The Founder of Opus Dei, Volume 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

The Father. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Casale Monferrato, Piemme, 1992.

José Miguel Cejas Arroyo

Life of Blessed 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, Lisbon, 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, Paris, France-Empire, 1982.

Salvador Bernal Fernández

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