A Collection of Articles about St. Josemaría and the History of Opus Dei
Curated by John F. Coverdale
Academic journals including Studia et Documenta, the publication of the Istituto Storico San Josemaría Escrivá based in Rome, have published numerous articles by historians, sociologists, humanists, jurists and students of spirituality about the life of St. Josemaría and the development of Opus Dei.
The St. Josemaría Institute, based in Chicago, has established this website to make a selection of those articles more easily available to historians and other readers in the English-speaking world.
The curator, John F. Coverdale, is Professor Emeritus of Law at Seton Hall University. He taught history as an Assistant Professor at Princeton University and as an Associate Professor at Northwestern University. He has published three books and several articles about the history of Opus Dei.
Netherhall House opened its doors as a small university residence in London in 1952, six years after the arrival of the first member of Opus Dei in England. In this article, James Pereiro, an historian at Oxford University and author of two books on English Catholic history published by Oxford University Press, explores the expansion of Netherhall House in the 1960s. The article stresses the international character of the residence which attracted students above all from the countries of the British Commonwealth. This feature of the residence made it possible to obtain financing for the expansion from official government bodies, although not without serious difficulties as Professor Pereiro recounts.
John Arthur Gueguen, Jr., professor emeritus at Illinois State University, provides a detailed account of the growth of Opus Dei in Boston based on first-hand accounts of many participants. During the years covered in this article, Opus Dei’s activities in Boston were based in Trimount House, a university residence located in Boston just across the Charles River from MIT.
Opus Dei began its activities in Australia in 1966. Only three years later it opened Warrane College, a large independent residential college associated with the University of New South Wales. In this article, José Manuel Cerda, an historian and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the Gabriela Mistral University in Santiago de Chile, explores the foundation of the college, analyzes its aims and ethos , and provides a detailed account of the opposition to the college that arose as part of the student protest movement in Australia in 1971 and 1974.