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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 Service
Note: The following entry was in the Wikipedia 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

Note: The following five people were in the Wikipedia list in 2010 and are absent in 2017. We do not know why. Here we keep them as a matter of reference:

Social work and medicine
Sports, fashion, and entertainment


Types of membership of Opus Dei
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Supernumeraries: Currently 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 permit.

Numeraries: 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.

Priests: 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 Dei.

The Priestly 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.

Numerary assistants: 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.

Associates: 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".

Cooperators: 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 Wikipedia. In particular:

(A) The list of names and the text of each entry (except notes in monospaced font) come from the List of members of Opus Dei. Consulted in July 2017, unless otherwise indicated.

(B) The annotations in monospaced font, 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 indicated.

(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 Wikipedia page.

The M+G+R Foundation is not affiliated nor linked in any way to Opus Dei nor its related organizations. Once again, please remember the Disclaimer about the information on this web site.

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Published on February 10, 2010 - European Union • Updated, revised and format improved on August 13, 2017 - Mary, Refuge of Sinners.

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