A brief biography

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain, on 9 January 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in Saragossa on 28 March 1925. On 2 October 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei.

Our Lady of Peace

The prelatic church of Opus Dei

The mortal remains of Saint Josemaría Escrivá are contained in a casket located beneath the altar of the Church of Our Lady of Peace. Millions of people throughout the world turn to Saint Josemaría’s intercession to gain graces of every kind from God.


Because of two friends

Alice Agusto (Hong Kong) is married and has four children. She describes how receiving classes of Christian formation regularly helps her to be a better and happier person: "I can share from experience that there is always something new to learn."

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Rest means recuperation: to gain strength, form ideals and make plans. In other words it means a change of occupation, so that you can come back later with a new impetus to your daily job.

Questions & Answers

14 Questions about the Family

Answers offered by St Josemaria to questions about love in the family, family conflicts, parent-child relationships, raising children, and faith in the family.

Jubilee of Mercy

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Living Mercy

The Pope’s audiences are specially dedicated to the Year of Mercy. On June 30, he recalled that “It is one thing to speak of mercy, and it is another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of St James the Apostle (cf. 2:14-17), we could say: mercy without works is dead within itself. That’s it! What makes mercy come alive is its constant dynamism in order to go and meet those in need and the necessities of those in spiritual and material hardship.” Below is the full text of the audience on June 30, followed by some quotations from St Josemaria’s writings to help pray about mercy.

Questions & Answers

What are the Works of Mercy?

Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy, and asks the faithful to practise the works of mercy during this year. What are they? Download pdf, epub and kindle.

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Novena for forgiveness

Written by Fr Francisco Faus, is available in pdf, epub and Kindle formats, in which, while meditating on texts by St Josemaria, we ask God through his intercession for the grace of learning to forgive.

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God’s Mercy

How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy

Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

Readers write

Novena and some get-togethers

About a year and a half ago I discovered the message of St. Josemaria. The atmosphere at home was somewhat against religion, because for various reasons the family had stopped going to Mass.


St Josemaria is incredible

He helps me in all the difficulties I meet in life. Thanks to him, tricky situations become much simpler. Just as an example, he helped me get a job and overcome a serious state of depression.


A peanut

My sister’s two-year-old great-grandson swallowed a peanut which went down the wrong way and reached his lung. He was a week in the university hospital in the city in Germany where the family lives.

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