http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_members_of_Opus_Dei as of February
and Civil Service
- Ruth Kelly - Secretary of State for Transport, Labour Party (traditionally
center-left) in the United Kingdom. John L. Allen, Jr. states that she is
a supernumerary member in his book, Opus
- Paola Binetti - Senator in Italy. A numerary
member. Binetti belongs to a party -- La Margherita (“The Daisy”) -- which includes
Christian Democrats, Socialists, Greens and even some ex-Communists.
- Mario Maiolo - Vice-president of the
province of Cosenza. He belongs to the center-left. He is a
- Antonio Fontán - 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 (d. 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.
López Bravo (d.) - Minister for Industry (1963 - 1969, Spain
Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-1973). A supernumerary
Mortes Alfonso (d.) - Minister for Housing (1969 -1973, Spain under
- 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 (d. 1975) - Secretary General of the
Movimiento (Franco's political party) (1975).
- José María Albareda (d.
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
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 Democrat Union
(UDI) party and former mayor of Santiago and Las Condes municipalities
of capital Santiago.
- 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 (d. 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
He was a supernumerary member of Opus Dei.
- Squire Lance
- a civil rights leader, called by the Spectator, "granddaddy of Civil
Rights in Obama's own Chicago." He is a Democrat.
- Jorge Rossi Chavarría was the
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.
- Joaquin Navarro Valls
(born November 16, 1936, Cartagena, Spain) was a physician and
journalist who later served as the Director of the Vatican Press
Office, taking the post in 1984. A numerary
Duncan (Journalist) - a 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
- Rafael Calvo Serer (d. 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
According to some, he did not oppose Francoism, but Franco himself
about Franco's succession (see Preston 623-3, 663 and 671).
- Antonio Fontán (born 1923) -
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.
Fernandez 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
- 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 Cook - Australian journalist.  Editor of
MercatorNet, "An on-line magazine for navigating modern complexities." 
- Michael Adams - Irish publisher (d.2009). He 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
- Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe is an
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
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 - An 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.
- Bernardo Villegas - Senior
Vice-President of the University of Asia and the
- Jose Orlandis - historian who is known for
his work Short History of the Catholic
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.
- 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
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 is a social and
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
for Justice and Peace. He is a member of the Scientific Committee
of the Card. Van Thuan International Observatory which promotes Catholic social teaching
- Hector Zagal - Mexican philosopher
specialist in Aristotle, ethics and political philosophy.
- Rafael Navarro Valls, brother of Joaquin Navarro
Valls. Full professor of Spanish Ecclesiastical Law, at the
Complutense University of Madrid
- Paolo Biavati is a university professor of civil procedure at the
University of Bologna, Law School
- Lea Querzola. University lecturer of civil procedure at Bologna
university, Law school.
- Aquilino Polaino - Spanish pyschologist researcher.
work and medicine
- Toni Zweifel
(1938-1989), a 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
His process of beatification has been opened.
- 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'
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
- 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 (d. 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
is a 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
Sports, fashion, and
- Josemaría Escrivá, founder
of Opus Dei (d. 1975)
del Portillo y Diez de Sollano, (d. 1994),
Prelate of Opus Dei (1975-1994) and Titular Bishop of Vita
Echevarria Rodriguez, Prelate of Opus Dei and Titular Bishop of
Cilibia (since 1994)
Luis Cardinal Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima, former
Archbishop of Ayacucho o Huamanga, Peru. He is
an outspoken critic of liberation theology.
Cardinal Herranz Casado, Former President of the Dicastery for the
Interpretation of Legislative Texts
- Archbishop José Horacio
Gomez, of San Antonio, Texas.
Fortune Magazine listed him as one of the top 50 most
influential Latinos in the US.
For other members of the clergy, please
see Opus Dei: Priestly Society of the Holy Cross
O'Connor, William, Opus Dei: An
Messori, Vittorio (1997). Opus Dei, Leadership and Vision in Today's
Catholic Church. Regnery Publishing.
- ^ a
John Allen (2005). Opus Dei: An
Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial
Force in the Catholic Church. Doubleday Religion.
Daniel Mansueto: Labels Don't Apply: An Interview
with Paola Binetti, Godspy Magazine, July 26, 2006
Casas Rabasa, Santiago "Conversación en Madrid
con Antonio Fontán" Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia
Vol. 15 (2006) p. 333-365 ISSN 1133-0104
Biografías y Vidas: Alberto Ullastres Calvo
Intervencionismo estatal durante
el franquismo tardío. Mikel Buesa y Luis E. Pires, s/f.
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I (pdf)
XV Gobiernos de Franco
- ^ a
Santiago Mata: El Opus Dei, Josemaría
Escrivá y Franco, October 4, 2005
- ^ a
Ma. Ceres P. Doyo: Opus Dei in RP: It began with 3
Harvard boys, Philippine Daily Inquirer,
May 18, 2006, p A1
- ^ a
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
Daniel Korski: Hail the Moderate President, Spectator
Magazine, September 2, 2008
Sunday Tribune Romana No. 42 • January - June
2006 • Page 136
BBC 21 December 2001
Allen says he is a member in his book, Opus Dei.
- ^ a
Messori, Vittorio (1997). Opus Dei,
Leadership and Vision in Today's Catholic Church. Regnery
Publishing. ISBN 0-89526-450-1.
His own web page
Giles Tremlett The Guardian October 5, 2002
La Repubblica April 2006
John Allen in National Catholic Report January 30, 2004
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Kieron Wood: Founder of controversial
religious group to be canonised, ThePost.ie, September 29, 2002
John Allen, Pope taps Princeton water expert,
believer in global warming for science academy 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
reverencia Ives Gandra pelos 70 anos (portug.)
First Things, 2003 The Holocaust: What Was Not Said
Opus Dei webpage
His own webpage
Interview on Opus Dei web page
Limmat-Stiftung: FAQ 9: Why are the majority of
project beneficiaries women?, accessed December 3, 2006
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
Felipe González de Canales:
Roturar y sembrar, accessed
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influyentes del año 2004, 2004
Point: Les ambitions de Jacques de
Chateauvieux, June 22, 1996
País:Ultimátum del Opus a
Ruiz-Mateos para que rectifique sus declaraciones , 28.05.1986
José Miguel Cejas: Antonio Bienvenida, torero.
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Power, 2005, Penguin Books, ISBN0-141-02465-8, pp 287-290
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