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Opus Dei conference celebrates 100th birthday of founder

An international conference titled The Grandeur of Ordinary Life opened in Rome on Tuesday, as members of Opus Dei began their celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founder, Blessed Josemaria Escriva.

More than 1200 people, representing 57 different countries, are participating in the conference, which is being held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. The 111 presentations will cover topics such as family life, education, social action, and science.

Yesterday, the 100th anniversary of Msgr. Escriva's birth, the participants gathered for a Mass at which the current prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarria, was the principal celebrant. The conference will conclude with a papal audience on Saturday.

Msgr. Escriva, who died in 1975, founded Opus Dei in 1928 as a movement to promote the sanctification of ordinary life. Members of Opus Dei-- the only "personal prelature" in the Catholic Church-- are anticipating the canonisation of the founder during his centennial year. In December, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized the authenticity of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Josemaria, thereby fulfilling the criteria for canonization.

Archbishop Pell to speak at Opus Dei centenary (Catholic Weekly 2/12/01)
Grandeur of Ordinary Life (conference website)