|Friends of the Prelature
VATICAN CITY, 12 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
Cooperators of Opus Dei, which appears in the Directory of International
Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for
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Official name: Cooperators of Opus Dei
Identity: The Cooperators of Opus Dei are men and women who belong to an
association inseparably linked to the Opus Dei Prelature, although they
are not incorporated in the prelature.
The cooperators, together with the faithful of the prelature, cooperate
through prayer, work and financial assistance, undertaking educational,
welfare and cultural/social promotional work, thereby contributing to
the common good of society. Cooperators of Opus Dei also include
non-Catholics, non-Christians and nonbelievers, who share the human and
social development objectives of apostolic initiatives, which are open
to all and are promoted by the faithful (laity and clergy) of the
prelature jointly with many other citizens.
The cooperators benefit from the prayers of Opus Dei and, if they wish,
they can also receive the formation provided by the prelature to deepen
the message of Jesus and their own spiritual lives, and to bear personal
witness, without creating groups, consistently with their Christian
This formation requires Catholic cooperators to engage in prayer,
partake of the sacraments, pray to Our Lady, demonstrating by their
deeds their love for the Church, the Successor of Peter and the bishops.
One essential part of the spirit of Opus Dei which is present in
formation is the sanctification of professional life and family and
in other words, identifying with Christ in ordinary daily life.
The cooperators also collaborate personally with other apostolic
initiatives in their own dioceses.
Membership: The Cooperators of Opus Dei are present, like the Opus Dei
itself, in 63 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North
America, Oceania and South America.
Web site: www.opusdei.org
Cooperatori dell'Opus Dei
c/o Curia Prelatizia dell'Opus Dei
Viale Bruno Buozzi, 73
Tel. (39) 06-80-8961
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]