EDA and Opus Dei

The Prelature of Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by Saint Josemaria Escriva in 1928. Its mission is to spread the message that work and circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.

The activities of Opus Dei in Australia started in 1963 shortly after the Archbishop of Sydney, His Eminence Cardinal Sir Norman Gilroy KBE, invited the founder of Opus Dei to establish a residential college on the campus of The University of New South Wales. Some members of Opus Dei together with other people interested in the vision of the future college became the founding directors of EDA whose first project was Warrane College. The College was officially opened by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Roden Cutler VC AK KCMG KCVO CBE, on 13 June 1971.

EDA has asked Opus Dei to be responsible for spiritual activities held at these centres, and to be available to look after the pastoral needs of those who seek spiritual guidance.

The following video clip is an excerpt from ‘Finding Christ in the Middle of the World’: A video about the message of Saint Josemaría and its impact on people in Australia:

“Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love.”

(St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, n. 1)