By Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church will celebrate Wednesday, June 26, the Feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, the revered founder of the Opus Dei.
In the country, holy masses in commemoration of his liturgical feast will be celebrated in at least 75 churches in 32 cities or dioceses across the country.
In a pastoral letter, late Bishop Javier Echevarría, who served as St. Josemaria’s executive secretary, said: “St. Josemaria Escriva is proving to be a truly powerful intercessor for families forty years after his death. Forty years have gone by since that 26th of June in 1975 when God called our founder to the joy of heaven. How many gifts he has gained for us since then! And he has certainly fulfilled his promise.”
St. Josemaria was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who founded Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.
St. John Paul II, who canonized St. Josemaria on October 6, 2002, said the Spanish priest should be “counted among the great witnesses of Christianity.”