By Christina Hermoso
Roman Catholic Church leaders from different countries will celebrate commemorative masses tomorrow in honor of the Feast of St. Josemaria Escriva (January 9, 1902 – June 26, 1975), the revered founder of the Opus Dei.
In the country, masses to commemorate his liturgical feast will be celebrated in at least 75 churches in 32 cities or dioceses all over the country.
In Manila, Davao Archbishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Romulo G. Valles will celebrate a high mass in honor of St. Josemaria at
the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros at 6 p.m. The confessional will be available starting at 5 p.m.
In a pastoral letter, the late Bishop Javier Echevarría, former prelate of the Opus Dei who passed away on December 12, 2016, wrote, “St. Josemaria Escriva is proving to be a truly
powerful intercessor for families forty years after his death.
Forty years have gone by since that 26th of June in 1975 when God called our founder to the joy of heaven. How many gifts he has gained for us since then! And he has certainly fulfilled his promise,” said Echevarria, who served as St. Josemaria’s secretary.
St. Josemaria was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who founded Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. He was canonized on October 6, 2002, by Saint John Paul II, who declared that Saint Josemaría should be “counted among the great witnesses of Christianity.”