Who Is Who in Opus
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
British Transport Secretary, Labour Party
(traditionally center-left) in the United Kingdom. John L. Allen,
states that she is a supernumerary member in his book Opus Dei.
- Paola Binetti
Italy. A numerary member. Binetti belonged to the christian-social
("The Daisy"), the Democratic
and now the Union of the Centre.
- Antonio Fontán (died 2010)
the Senate of Spain in 1977-1979. A journalist who advocated free
elections and trade unions, and was persecuted by Franco
helped draft Spain's new democratic constitution after Franco.
- Alberto Ullastres Calvo (died 2001)
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 (died 2014)
Government in the democracy in Spain from 1978 to 1982, was a supernumerary
member of Opus Dei.
López Bravo (died 1985)
Industry (1963-1969, Spain under Franco), Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1969-1973). A supernumerary
- Vicente Mortes
Alfonso (died 1991)
Housing (1969-1973, Spain under Franco). A supernumerary
José Espinosa San Martín (died 1982)
Finance (1965-1969, Spain under Franco).
García-Moncó Fernández (died 1996)
Trade (1965-1969, Spain under Franco).
Herrero Tejedor (died 1975)
General of the Movimiento
(Franco's political party) (1975).
- José María Albareda
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 José
, 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
Economic Planning and subsequently Finance Secretary of the Philippines
(1989-1992), who toppled the dictatorial government of Ferdinand Marcos
member of Opus Dei, who started Opus Dei in the Philippines.
- Joaquín Lavín
Chile, twice defeated in his bid for the presidency of Chile. He is a
member of the Independent
(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.
O'Hanlon (died 2002)
Criminal and Constitutional Law at University
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
of Costa Rica from 1971-1974. He co-founded the National
(PLN), a social democrat party. He was a
supernumerary of Opus Dei.
- Federico Trillo-Figueroa y
politician of the Partido
, ex-chairman of the Spanish Chamber of Representatives,
former minister of Defence and current ambassador for Spain in the
- Jorge Fernández Díaz
- Patrick Ngugi Njoroge PhD
economist, banker and the governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.
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:
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 EnerPub.
- Rafael Calvo Serer (1916-1988)
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)
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
, 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. He is a graduate in history from the University
journalist whose interviewing technique has become a model for other
journalists. A numerary.
- Cesare Cavalleri
literary critic and publisher. He received the Premio internazionale Medaglia d'oro per
la Cultura cattolica (International Golden Medal Award for
- Alberto Michelini
director, journalist and politician. A supernumerary member.
- Michael Adams
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.
playwright, famous for Paglilitis ni
Mang Serapio. He is also the Chairman of the Philippine Center
for Civic Education and Democracy.
- Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe
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 global warming
and evolutionary theory and rejects intelligent
- Mariano Artigas
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 University
of Navarra from 1988 to 1998.
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
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
- José Orlandis (1918-2010)
Historian (and 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 Dei.
- Ives Gandra da Silva Martins, Jr.
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
philosopher teaching at the Universidad
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.
- Martin Rhonheimer
- Fernando Ocáriz Braña
- Joseph de Torre
- Enrique Colom
- Antonio Millán Puelles (1921-2005)
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)
professor of philosophy at University
founded in 1952 by Josemaría Escrivá
developed a theory of the "mental limit".
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:
philosopher specialist in Aristotle, ethics and political philosophy.
Navarro Valls, brother of Joaquín
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
lecturer of civil procedure at Bologna university, Law school.
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
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
- Umberto Farri
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 (source).
- 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
he was President of Banco
, the third biggest bank in Spain. A numerary.
Officer of Concha
y Toro Winery
. He told Bloomberg.com that he is a supernumerary
- Jacques de Chateauvieux
President of Bourbon
company engaged in international marine services. Neil Dean was Chief
Financial Officer of Allied Irish
, the largest Bank in Ireland, until 1997 and is a
- Neil Dean
Financial Officer of Allied Irish
, the largest Bank in Ireland, until 1997 and is a
- José María Ruiz Mateos
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
fashion, and entertainment
Types 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 permit.
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
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.
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 Wikipedia
. In particular:
(A) The list of names and the text of
each entry (except notes in
) come from the List
of members of Opus Dei
. Consulted in July 2017, unless otherwise
(B) The annotations in
, 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
(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
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