List of members of Opus Dei
This is a list of prominent Opus Dei members. It is intended to include people whose membership in Opus Dei is documented in published sources, and therefore a matter of public record.
The names of Opus Dei directors and priests are available in official Catholic journals and Opus Dei's official bulletin, Romana.
Opus Dei maintains lists of cooperators, who are not considered by Opus Dei to be members, and who do not even have to be Roman Catholics, but who agree to assist with the work of Opus Dei in any of various ways. Such cooperators are not included in this list.
This article should by no means be considered an exhaustive list of past and present members and sympathisers of Opus Dei involved in political, religious, cultural, academic or literary life.
Opus Dei policy on publicizing membership
Opus Dei treats membership status of its lay members in a confidential manner, having a stated policy of neither confirming nor denying the membership of Opus Dei until the member in question has publicly acknowledged his or her membership.
Opus Dei supporter William O'Connor wrote that a person's spiritual life is a private matter, and that the practice of not divulging membership lists is common to many organizations such as trade unions, hospitals, schools and clubs. He stated that it is part of the secular nature of vocation to Opus Dei that its members do not represent the religious organization which provide them with spiritual instruction, in the same way that professionals do not externally represent their alma maters. According to several journalists who wrote independently on Opus Dei accusations of secrecy come from a clericalist mentality which equates Opus Dei members with monks and priests, the traditional symbols of holiness who are externally identifiable as such.
Detractors argue that, given Opus Dei's strong defence of traditional Catholic positions in social and moral matters, especially in regards to pro-life and marriage, membership of the organisation is indeed relevant to exercising functions in the public domain. In addition, Opus Dei states that it is a non-political organisation and does not direct or try to influence its members in any way in the fulfillment of their professional duties, whether in the public or private sphere, except where such activities impinge on their duties as Catholics.
For the most part, Opus Dei members belong to the low and middle class in terms of income, social status and education. Among its members are barbers, bricklayers, mechanics, and fruit sellers. Most supernumeraries are living ordinary middle-class lives.
Government and Civil Service
- Ruth Kelly - The Former British Transport Secretary, Labour Party (traditionally center-left) in the United Kingdom. John L. Allen, Jr. states that she is a supernumerary member in his book Opus Dei.
- Paola Binetti - Senator in Italy. A numerary member. Binetti belonged to the christian-social party La Margherita (“The Daisy”), the Democratic Party and now the Union of the Centre.
- Mario Maiolo - Vice-president of the province of Cosenza. He belonged to the Italian Peoples' Party, La Margherita and later the Democratic Party. He is a supernumerary.
- Antonio Fontán (died 2010) - President of the Senate of Spain in 1977-1979. A journalist who advocated free elections and trade unions, and was persecuted by Franco. He helped draft Spain's new democratic constitution after Franco.
- Alberto Ullastres Calvo (died 2001) - Minister of Trade (1957–1965). He is one of the members of Opus Dei who were appointed by Franco as ministers (Spain under Franco). He pushed forward the so-called Plan of Stabilization which brought about Spain's transition from economic autarchy to liberalization and internationalization of the national economy.
- Adolfo Suárez - President of Government in the democracy in Spain from 1978 to 1982, was a supernumerary member of Opus Dei.
- Gregorio López Bravo (died 1985) - Minister for Industry (1963–1969, Spain under Franco), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969–1973). A supernumerary
- Vicente Mortes Alfonso (died 1991) - Minister for Housing (1969–1973, Spain under Franco). A supernumerary
- Juan José Espinosa San Martín - Minister for Finance (1965–1969, Spain under Franco).
- Faustino García-Moncó Fernández - Minister for Trade (1965–1969, Spain under Franco).
- Fernando Herrero Tejedor (died 1975) - Secretary General of the Movimiento (Franco's political party) (1975).
- José María Albareda (died 1966) - Secretary General and head of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas). He was close friend of Escrivá and one of the first numerary members of Opus Dei. He was also a close friend of José Ibáñez Martín, falangist and Minister for Education for Franco from 1939 to 1951, who is widely credited with sponsoring the great expansion of Opus Dei into Spanish third-level education during that period. Both take much of the credit for developing the political concept of "Nacional-Catolicismo".
- Jesus Estanislao - Secretary of Economic Planning and subsequently Finance Secretary of the Philippines under Corazon Aquino (1989–1992), who toppled the dictatorial government of Ferdinand Marcos. A numerary member of Opus Dei, who started Opus Dei in the Philippines.
- Joaquín Lavín - politician in Chile, twice defeated in his bid for the presidency of Chile. He is a member of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) party and former mayor of Santiago and Las Condes municipalities of capital Santiago. He was also Minister of Education and Social Development (2010-2013)
- Robert Hanssen - FBI agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia. His treason has been described as "possibly the worst intelligence disaster in US history." A supernumerary, he reportedly left Opus Dei after his arrest.
- Rory O'Hanlon (died 2002) - Professor of Criminal and Constitutional Law at University College Dublin and High Court Judge in Ireland (1981–1995). He was dismissed by the Irish Government from Presidency of the Law Reform Commission in 1992, after commenting that if membership of the EU forced the introduction of abortion to Ireland, the country should withdraw from the Union. He later sued the Government and won substantial damages. He was a supernumerary member of Opus Dei.
- Jorge Rossi Chavarría (died 2006) - Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1971-1974. He co-founded the National Liberation Party (PLN), a social democrat party. He was a supernumerary of Opus Dei.
- Federico Trillo-Figueroa y Martínez-Conde - Spanish politician of the Partido Popular, ex-chairman of the Spanish Chamber of Representatives, former minister of Defence and current ambassador for Spain in the United Kingdom.
- Jorge Fernández Díaz - Spanish politician of the Partido Popular, current minister of the Interior.
- Patrick Ngugi Njoroge PhD - Kenyan economist,banker and the governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.
Writing and journalism
- Joaquín Navarro-Valls (born November 16, 1936, Cartagena, Spain) - physician and journalist who later served as the Director of the Vatican Press Office, taking the post in 1984. A numerary member.
- Robert Duncan - noted journalist. An ombudsman for foreign press in Spain; vice-president of OPCI Ibero-American press association; vice-president of APSCE, association for energy and telecommunications; past executive board member for Spain's oldest and largest foreign press body, the Club Internaciónal de Prensa; editor for Spero News and EnerPub
- Rafael Calvo Serer (1916-1988) - editor and founder of Diario Madrid who was hounded into exile for his criticism of Franco, who closed the publication. Although Messori states that Calvo, by working underground, helped to bring democracy to Spain, According to some, he did not oppose Francoism, but Franco himself about Franco's succession (see Preston 623-3, 663 and 671).
- Antonio Fontán (1923-2010) - journalist who advocated free elections and trade unions in Spain under Franco. Later served as President of the Senate and helped draft Spain's new democratic constitution.
- Francisco Fernández Carvajal - wrote In Conversation with God, which has sold over two million copies in several languages, including Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Romanian, Slovakian and Polish. It consists of over 450 meditations, one or more for every day of the year, as well as three meditations for each Sunday, corresponding to the three-year cycle in the Catholic lectionary.
- Pilar Urbano - Spanish journalist whose interviewing technique has become a model for other journalists. A numerary.
- Cesare Cavalleri - Italian literary critic and publisher. He received the Premio internazionale Medaglia d'oro per la Cultura cattolica (International Golden Medal Award for Catholic Culture).
- Alberto Michelini - Italian film director, journalist and politician. A supernumerary member.
- Michael Adams (died 2009) - Irish publisher, was a numerary member and the Managing Director of Four Courts Press, Ireland's largest academic publishing house. Adams was the author of a book Censorship: The Irish Experience, which was critical of the operation of the former Irish system of literary censorship.
- Paul Dumol - Filipino playwright, famous for Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio. He is also the Chairman of the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy.
- Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe - American scientist and is James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University. He received the 2002 Stockholm Water Prize for his role in developing the science of hydrology. He believes in global warming and evolutionary theory and rejects intelligent design.
- Mariano Artigas - received Templeton Foundation Award in 1995 for his work on science and religion. He wrote The Mind of the Universe: Understanding Science and Religion and fifteen other books on science and religion.
- John F. Coverdale - law professor at Seton Hall University.
- Scott Hahn - American theologian, former Presbyterian pastor and convert to Catholicism. He is best known for his conversion story Rome Sweet Home and theology books like The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth or First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity. He recounts his membership in Opus Dei in his book Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei. A supernumerary.
- Bernardo Villegas - Founded the Center for Research and Communication, which became the University of Asia and the Pacific.
- José Orlandis - historian who is known for his work Short History of the Catholic Church.
- Ives Gandra da Silva Martins - Brazilian law scholar and professor in Brazilian universities, writer on law and history. Prof. Gandra published at least 40 books. In order to maintain his independence from government, he did not accept payment for his services to the government. He was even persecuted by the military government.
- Jaime Nubiola - Spanish philosopher teaching at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain, specializing in philosophy of language, American philosophy, Charles Sanders Peirce and pragmatism. A numerary.
- Martin Rhonheimer - Swiss philosopher teaching at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, specializing in ethics, the theory of liberalism and in the relationship between politics and religion. An Opus Dei priest.
- Fernando Ocariz - theologian and consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was one of the primary authors of the document Dominus Iesus. He is presently the Vicar General of Opus Dei.
- Joseph de Torre - social and political philosopher. He has written a number of works on social ethics and Catholic social teaching.
- Enrique Colom - was a contributing editor of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church made by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Card. Van Thuan International Observatory which promotes Catholic social teaching internationally.
- Antonio Millan Puelles (February 11, 1921 – March 22, 2005) - philosopher influenced by Aristotle and phenomenology. He focused on freedom, subjectivity and conscience, the relationship between logic and metaphysics, and social issues.
- Leonardo Polo (1926-2013) - long-time professor of philosophy at University of Navarre who developed a theory of the "mental limit".
Social work and medicine
- Toni Zweifel (1938–1989) - Swiss engineer who patented several inventions. He founded and served as director of the Limmat Foundation, a foundation that supports social projects all over the world with a majority of women as project beneficiaries. His process of beatification has been opened. A numerary.
- Margaret Ogola - medical director of the Cottolengo Hospice in Nairobi for HIV-positive orphans and Kenyan author. A supernumerary with four children, she heads the Commission for Health and Family Life for the Kenyan bishops' conference. Her novel The River and the Source, which follows four generations of Kenyan women in a rapidly changing country and society, won the Africa Region Commonwealth Award for Literature. Interested in women's empowerment, she is also Vice-President of Family Life Counselling (Kenya).
- John Henry - "one of the world's leading authorities on drugs and poisons" and "Britain's best known toxicologist [who] made frequent appearances on television and radio."
- Umberto Farri (died 2006) - founder and President of Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (Institute for University Co-operation) or ICU. It is a non-governmental organization which has completed over 200 development co-operation projects in 32 countries.
- Felipe González de Canales - co-founder of a system of agriculture schools and rural development centers called Escuelas Familiares Agrarias (Agrarian Family Schools) which has 30 schools in Spain and has influenced 68 other agricultural schools in other parts of the world. He is also the founder of two trade unions. He is an associate member of Opus Dei.
- Isidre Fainé - President of CaixaBank, as of 2012 Spain's largest bank in assets.
- Luis Valls - From 1972-2004, he was President of Banco Popular, the third biggest bank in Spain. A numerary.
- Eduardo Guilisasti - Chief Executive Officer of Concha y Toro Winery. He told Bloomberg.com that he is a supernumerary member.
- Jacques de Chateauvieux - President of Bourbon, a company engaged in international marine services.
- Neil Dean was Chief Financial Officer of Allied Irish Banks, the largest Bank in Ireland, until 1997 and is a supernumerary member.
- José María Ruiz Mateos - a prominent Spanish businessman involved in the infamous RUMASA scandal, was a supernumerary member of Opus Dei from 1963 until his expulsion in 1986.
- Maurice O'Grady - was Chief Executive of the Irish Management Institute, and is a supernumerary.
Sports, fashion, and entertainment
- Isaac Viciosa - Spanish middle distance runner who is the European record holder at 3000 m. He said in an interview that he is a supernumerary of Opus Dei.
- Antonio Bienvenida - famous Spanish bullfighter (1922–1975). According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "The great Antonio Bienvenida...was killed by a small heifer on his ranch in 1975." A supernumerary.
- Giovanni Trapattoni - ex-manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. and current manager of the Vatican City Football Team. One of the most celebrated managers in football history, Trapattoni is one of only two coaches, alongside the Austrian Ernst Happel, to have won the league title (10) in four different countries (Italy, Germany, Portugal, and Austria). Alongside the German Udo Lattek, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club titles. Also, he is the only one to have won all UEFA club competitions and the World Club title, also having the record of UEFA Cup wins (three).
- Saint Josemaría Escrivá (died 1975) - founder of Opus Dei
- Blessed Alvaro del Portillo y Diez de Sollano (died 1994) - Prelate of Opus Dei (1975–1994) and Titular Bishop of Vita
- Javier Echevarría Rodríguez - Prelate of Opus Dei and Titular Bishop of Cilibia (since 1994)
- Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne - Cardinal Archbishop of Lima, former Archbishop of Ayacucho o Huamanga, Peru. He is an outspoken critic of liberation theology.
- Julián Herranz Casado - former Cardinal President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
- José Horacio Gómez - Archbishop, 2011 of Los Angeles. Fortune Magazine listed him as one of the top 50 most influential Latinos in the U.S.
- Francisco Javier López Díaz - theologian at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
For other members of the clergy, please see Opus Dei: Priestly Society of the Holy Cross
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- Vernon Silver and Michael Smith: Opus Dei, Vilified in `Da Vinci Code,' Runs Global MBA Schools, Bloomberg.com, April 26, 2006
- CNN: An In-Depth Look At Opus Dei: A Conservative Catholic Group, May 18, 2001
- Annemarie Bruinsma Hanlon: Justice Rory O'Hanlon, Hanlon people & Businesses, (undated)
- Sunday Tribune 19 March 2006
- Sunday Tribune Romana No. 42 • January - June 2006 • Page 136
- El País, 4 March 2013
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- Allen says he is a member in his book, Opus Dei.
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- His own web page Archived September 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Giles Tremlett The Guardian October 5, 2002
- La Repubblica April 2006
- John Allen in National Catholic Report January 30, 2004 Archived October 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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- Larry Henares, Saints and Sinners
- John Allen, Pope taps Princeton water expert, believer in global warming for science academy Archived January 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. January 10, 2008.
- Romana #31 July 2000
- John F. Coverdale: The Vocation to Opus Dei, 1994
- Scott Hahn: Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei (excerpt), 2006
- He recounts his early years in Opus Dei in his book Años de Juventud en el Opus Dei
- Comunidade jurídica reverencia Ives Gandra pelos 70 anos Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (portug.)
- His own webpage
- First Things, 2003 The Holocaust: What Was Not Said
- Opus Dei webpage
- His own webpage
- Interview on Opus Dei web page
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- Opus Dei Information Office: Toni’s Life, accessed December 3, 2006
- John L. Allen: A journey to Africa: confronting AIDS, relations among religions, and the challenges of poverty, National Catholic Reporter, vol 4 no 4, September 17, 2004
- Times, May 14, 2007
- Hoy: 'Roturar y sembrar' hace historia de las Escuelas Familiares Agrarias, accessed October 22, 2007
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- El Mundo (Spain) (supplement): Los españoles más influyentes del año 2004, 2004
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- Le Point: Les ambitions de Jacques de Chateauvieux, June 22, 1996
- El País:Ultimátum del Opus a Ruiz-Mateos para que rectifique sus declaraciones , 28.05.1986
- José Miguel Cejas: Antonio Bienvenida, torero. Supernumerario del Opus Dei, (undated)
- Irish Independent: The true cost of landing Trapattoni – February 17, 2008
- Wikipedia: Giovanni Trapattoni - October 23, 2010
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