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Saint Josemaria


The Life of St Josemaria Escriva

Josemaria Escriva was born in Spain on January 9, 1902 and died in Rome on June 26, 1975. On 2 October 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei.

Opus Dei

A personal prelature of the Catholic Church

Opus Dei helps people of every race and walk of life to love and serve God and other people through their ordinary work.


Books by Saint Josemaria

Josemaria Escriva’s books are addressed to ordinary Christians, to invite them to begin and maintain a personal friendship with God.

Talking to God

Quotations from Saint Josemaria

“Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on their meaning. They are things I whisper confidentially in your ear, as a friend, a brother, a father...”

Our Lady of Peace

Our Lady of Peace, a place of prayer

St Josemaria’s mortal remains rest in the church of Our Lady of Peace in Rome. Many people travel there to ask for his help or give thanks.

October 6, 2002

Canonization of Saint Josemaria

On October 6, 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei in St Peter’s Square, Rome, in the presence of more than 300,000 people from all round the world.