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Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Updated on July 9, 2010

About Saint Josemaria Escriva

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain on the 9th of January in 1902. He was brought up by his mother and father as typical children were during that time. Josemaria had a brother and a sister as well, all of them were quite close. His parents were devout Catholics and passed that on to their children.

St. Josemaria Escriva's father tried hard to support his family, but was out of work when Josemaria was a teenager so they were forced to move to another town in search for work. The town they chose was called Logrono, and it would be here that Josemaria would come to the conclusion that a life led for God would be the life for him.

Josemaria made his decision to fully enter into a religious lifestyle soon after the move, and he chose that he wanted to be a priest. His father also wished for him to continue his schooling, so Josemaria attended a school in the area to continue gaining knowledge about the church and other things in life. His father died in 1924, just one year before Josemaria would be ordained.

Once he was ordained, Josemaria was given the reigns at a nearby parish. He was the pastor there and jumped right into life as a priest. Josemaria also wanted a degree in law, so he attended a university in Madrid after he moved there. Madrid would be the birthplace of what Saint Josemaria Escriva is most remembered for, the foundation of the Opus Dei.

A completely terrible Civil War would come to the forefront in Spain, and Josemaria almost got caught there in the middle of it. He left just before things got really ugly there, and returned to keep working with the Opus Dei after the wars end.

Josemaria now had multiple degrees but was still not satisfied with his work. He moved on to Rome where he took up a post a consultant to different Vatican officials. He also gained yet another degree, this time in theology. Josemaria traveled to Ireland, South America, Portugal, Mexico, and Britain to spread to Opus Dei as well. He was extremely successful in his endeavors.

In Rome, on the 26th of June in 1975, Saint Josemaria Escriva died of natural causes. He was canonized in October of 2002 by Pope John Paul II.


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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you for featuring "our Father". I'm an Opus Dei member.