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.