Who Is Who in Opus Dei
On a Worldwide Scale
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.
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 document should by no means be considered an exhaustive list of past and
present members and sympathizers of Opus Dei involved in political, religious,
cultural, academic or literary life.
To know about the types of members and persons related to Opus Dei, see the
Appendix at the end of this document.
The primary source of information of this document is Wikipedia (details at the
end of this document).
Government and Civil
The Former British Transport Secretary,
(traditionally center-left) in the United Kingdom.
John L. Allen,
states that she is a supernumerary member in his book Opus Dei.
Senator in Italy. A numerary member. Binetti belonged to the christian-social
party La Margherita
("The Daisy"), the
and now the Union of the Centre.
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
. He helped
draft Spain's new democratic constitution after Franco.
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
Suárez (died 2014)
President of Government in the democracy in Spain from 1978 to 1982, was a
member of Opus Dei.
López Bravo (died 1985)
Minister for Industry (1963-1969, Spain under Franco), Minister of Foreign
Affairs (1969-1973). A supernumerary
Mortes Alfonso (died 1991)
Minister for Housing (1969-1973, Spain under Franco). A supernumerary
José Espinosa San Martín (died 1982)
Minister for Finance (1965-1969, Spain under Franco).
García-Moncó Fernández (died 1996)
Minister for Trade (1965-1969, Spain under Franco).
Herrero Tejedor (died 1975)
Secretary General of the Movimiento
(Franco's political party) (1975).
María Albareda (died 1966)
Secretary General and head of the Higher Council for Scientific Research
(Consejo Superior de Investigaciones
). He was close friend of Escrivá and one of
the first numerary members of Opus Dei. He was also a close friend of
, 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
Secretary of Economic Planning and subsequently Finance Secretary of the
(1989-1992), who toppled the dictatorial government of
member of Opus Dei, who started Opus Dei in the Philippines.
Politician in Chile, twice defeated in his bid for the presidency of Chile. He
is a member of the
(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)
FBI agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.
has been described as "possibly the
worst intelligence disaster in US history." A supernumerary, he reportedly
left Opus Dei after his arrest.
O'Hanlon (died 2002)
Professor of Criminal and Constitutional Law at
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.
Rossi Chavarría (died 2006)
Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1971-1974. He co-founded the
(PLN), a social democrat party. He was a supernumerary of
Trillo-Figueroa y Martínez-Conde
Spanish politician of the
, ex-chairman of the Spanish Chamber of Representatives, former
minister of Defence and current ambassador for Spain in the United
Ngugi Njoroge PhD
Kenyan economist, banker and the governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.
The following entry was in the
list in 2010 and is absent in 2017. We do not know why. Here we keep it as
a matter of reference:
Writing and journalism
Navarro Valls (1936-2017)
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 Internacional de Prensa; editor
for Spero News and
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).
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
Wrote In Conversation with God
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. He is a graduate in history from
Spanish journalist whose interviewing technique has become a model for other
journalists. A numerary.
Italian literary critic and publisher. He received the
Premio internazionale Medaglia d'oro per la
Cultura cattolica (International Golden Medal Award for Catholic
Italian film director, journalist and politician. A supernumerary member.
- Michael Adams (died
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.
Filipino playwright, famous for Paglilitis ni
Mang Serapio. He is also the Chairman of the Philippine Center for
Civic Education and Democracy.
American scientist and is James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor
. He received the 2002 Stockholm Water Prize for his role in
developing the science of hydrology. He believes in
evolutionary theory and rejects
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. He was ordained a
priest on 1964, and incardinated to the Opus Dei prelature. He was the Dean of
the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy for the
Navarra from 1988 to 1998.
American theologian, former
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
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.
priest) who is known for his work
''Short History of the Catholic
Church". He recounts his early years in Opus Dei in his book
Años de Juventud en el Opus
Gandra da Silva Martins, Jr.
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.
Spanish philosopher teaching at the
in Spain - university
that openly declares itself as "a corporate
work of the apostolate of Opus Dei"
- specializing in
philosophy of language, American philosophy, Charles Sanders Peirce and
pragmatism. A numerary.
Millán Puelles (1921-2005)
Philosopher influenced by Aristotle and phenomenology. He focused on freedom,
subjectivity and conscience, the relationship between logic and metaphysics,
and social issues.
Long-time professor of philosophy at
- university founded
in 1952 by Josemaría Escrivá
- who developed a
theory of the "mental limit".
The following five people were in
Wikipedia list in 2010 and are absent in 2017. We do not know why. Here we
keep them as a matter of reference:
Mexican philosopher specialist in Aristotle, ethics and political
Navarro Valls, brother of
Full professor of Spanish Ecclesiastical Law, at the Complutense University of
Is a university professor of civil procedure at the University of Bologna, Law
University lecturer of civil procedure at Bologna university, Law school.
Spanish psychologist researcher.
Social work and medicine
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
been opened. A
Medical director of the Cottolengo Hospice in Nairobi for HIV-positive orphans
and Kenyan author. A
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
"One of the world's leading authorities on drugs and poisons" and "Britain's
best known toxicologist [who] made frequent appearances on television and
- Umberto Farri (died
Founder and President of Istituto per la
(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.
He was one of the first three
Italians to belong to Opus Dei
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.
President of CaixaBank
of 2012 Spain's largest bank in assets.
From 1972-2004, he was President of
, the third biggest bank in Spain. A numerary.
- Eduardo Guilisasti
Chief Executive Officer of
Concha y Toro
. He told Bloomberg.com that he is a supernumerary member.
President of Bourbon
a company engaged in international marine services. Neil Dean was Chief
Financial Officer of
, the largest Bank in Ireland, until 1997 and is a supernumerary
- Neil Dean
Was Chief Financial Officer of
, the largest Bank in Ireland, until 1997 and is a supernumerary
María Ruiz Mateos
A prominent Spanish businessman involved in the infamous
scandal, was a supernumerary member of Opus Dei from 1963 until his expulsion
- Maurice O'Grady
Sports, fashion, and
of membership of Opus Dei
account for about 70% of the total membership. Typically, the supernumeraries
of the Opus Dei prelature are married men and women who have secular careers
and lead traditional family lives. They typically contribute financially to
Opus Dei, and they lend other types of assistance as their circumstances
: They comprise about
20% of total membership. Numeraries are celibate members who usually live in
special centers run by Opus Dei. Numeraries are required to be celibate.
Numeraries generally have normal careers and devote the bulk of their income
to the organization.
They comprise about 2% of the membership. They have typically lived as lay
members for several years before their ordination. At their ordination, they
are incardinated into the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus
Society of the Holy Cross is an integral part of Opus Dei, not a
separate entity simply associated with Opus Dei. Part of the society is made
up of the clergy of the Opus Dei prelature and other members in the society
are traditional diocesan priests.
: They are
unmarried, female members of Opus Dei. They live in special centers run by
Opus Dei. Their professional life is dedicated to looking after the domestic
needs of the centers. Numerary assistants are required to be celibate.
They are celibate members who typically have family or professional
obligations. The associates do not live inside the special Opus Dei centers
but they "surrender their full life to the
Lord in apostolic celibacy in keeping with the spirit of Opus Dei"
: They are those
who, though not considered members by Opus Dei, collaborate in some way with
Opus Dei - usually through praying, charitable contributions, or by providing
some other assistance. Cooperators are not even required to be Christian.
The main source of this document is
. In particular:
(A) The list of names and the text of each entry (except notes
) come from the
of members of Opus Dei
. Consulted in July 2017, unless otherwise
(B) The annotations in monospaced
, added to complement the source (A), come from other
particular pages of the Wikipedia
such as the individual profile corresponding to each person. Consulted in July
2017, in several languages (mainly English and Spanish), unless otherwise
(C) The reader is warned that the destination address of the links are not
always that of the original sources (A) and (B). However, most (but not all)
links are still pointing to some
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