Saint Josemaria Escriva
AKA: Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer
Born: January 9, 1902 in Barbastro, Aragon, Spain
Died: June 26, 1975 in Rome, Italy of Natural Causes
Interred at Prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace at Viale Bruno Buozzi 75, Rome, Italy
Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Beatified: May 17, 1992 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized: October 6, 2002 by Pope John Paul II
Feast Day: June 26
Patronage: Opus Dei; Diabetes
Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain on January 9, 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in Saragossa on March 28, 1925. On October 2, 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei. On June 26, 1975, he died unexpectedly in Rome in the room where he worked, after a last affectionate glance at a picture of Our Lady.
Opus Dei had, by then, spread to five continents with over 60,000 members of 80 nationalities, serving the Church with the same spirit of complete union with the Pope and the Bishops which characterized Saint Josemaria. His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei on October 6, 2002. His feast is celebrated on June 26. The body of Saint Josemaria rests in the prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace, Viale Bruno Buozzi 75, Rome.
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