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St. Josemaria Escriva
and Opus Dei with Damon Owens
Saint Josemaria Escriva ardently desired to open people to God’s
presence in every aspect of their daily lives. In this exciting new
series, Damon Owen and John Coverdale explore the life, mission, and
apostolate (Opus Dei) of this great modern saint.
1. Meet the The Saint of Ordinary Life
An introduction to Saint Josemaria and Opus Dei’s message of finding God
in everyday life.
2. Loving God and loving God’s world: The personality of Saint
A man and a woman who knew Saint Josemaria personally talk about what he
Guests: Maria Valdeavellano
3. The founding of Opus Dei
God prepares the young Josemaria to open a new path of holiness within
the Catholic Church
4. Opus Dei in the Crucible of the Spanish Civil War
Saint Josemaria continues the work of Opus Dei despite the murderous
anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War
5. Sowing the Seed throughout the World
Under Saint Josemaria’s direction, Opus Dei grows from a handful of
followers in Spain to a major international institution of the Catholic
Guests: William Bickford, an early member from Guatemala
Olga Marlin, co-founder of Kianda School in Kenya, the first
multi-racial girls' school in East Africa.
6. Opus Dei in the Church
When Opus Dei started in 1928, it didn’t fit into existing Church law.
Learn why and how Opus Dei became the Catholic Church’s first “personal
Guests: Monsignor William Stetson, translator of the book, “The
Canonical Path of Opus Dei.”
Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark
7. Finding God in daily life
Three people --¬ a New York City police captain, a trial lawyer, and a
manager at an international auction house -- ¬ explain how their work
and everyday activities can lead them closer to God.
Guests: Terry Hursen, a captain in the New York Police Department
Greg Noble, a trial lawyer in New Jersey
Elizabeth Heil, a manager of an appraisal unit for an international
8. The vocation of women in Opus Dei and the Church
Three women of different backgrounds explain how Opus Dei helps them
live their vocation as women and Christians.
Linda Ruff is a CPA, the mother of six, and the author of a book about
women in Opus Dei.
Bernie Piske is part of the housekeeping staff at Opus Dei's national
offices in New York.
Paticia Anderson is one of Opus Dei’s senior directors in the United
9. Marriage: A True Path to Holiness
Opus Dei’s founder insisted that, by loving one another, married couples
grow in their love for God. Two married couples explain how they try to
make married love a path to intimacy with Christ.
Guests Pat and Elena Kilner
Thomas and Cecilia Royals
10. Spreading the Message of Opus Dei
Opus Dei offers classes, retreats other activities. But the main way
Opus Dei reaches people is through personal contact: individual members
sharing their faith with family, co-workers and friends.
Guests: Pat Kilner, a contractor in Washington, DC
Virginia Hughes, a lawyer in private practice in New Jersey
Natalie Jakucyn, a Mathematics teacher in a public school in suburban
11. Opus Dei in the United States
Opus Dei has 3,000 U.S. members, and many more people participating in
activities. This segment features interviews with the U.S. vicar and
with the heads of Opus Dei-inspired educational initiatives.
Monsignor Thomas G. Bohlin, Vicar for Opus Dei in the United States
Michael Barvick, executive director, Youth Leadership Foundation,
Susan Mangels, president, Lexington College, Chicago
12. Opus Dei around the World Today
Since 1928, Opus Dei has grown to more than 60 countries. There are
universities, business schools and hospitals. This segment looks some
fruits of Saint Josemaria’s message around the world today.
Guests: Dr. Joseph Masdeu, Director, Chairman of Neurological Sciences,
University of Navarre, and Senior Research Fellow, National Institutes
of Health, Washington, DC
Professor David Sperling, co-founder, Strathmore University, Nairobi,
Professor John Odhiambo, president, Strathmore University, Nairobi,
13. On their way to the altars: Causes of Canonization of Opus Dei
John Coverdale and Maria Valdeavellano
The fruits of the spirit of Opus Dei are best appreciated in the holy
lives of men and women who have tried to put it into practice. This
segment looks at seven examples.
Guests: Ernesto Cofino, a physician from Guatemala
Montse Grases, a Spanish teenager who died of bone cancer
Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor to Saint Josemaria as head of
Father Joseph Muzquiz, who started Opus Dei in the United States
Isidore Zorzano, an engineer and the first member to join Opus Dei
Mr. and Mrs. Alvira, a Spanish couple who both belonged Opus DeiToni
Zweifel, a Swiss engineer
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