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University Residences Established by Members of Opus Dei in English-Speaking Countries.

The first corporate activity of Opus Dei was the DYA Academy-Residence in Madrid. After the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, members of Opus Dei established a number of other university residences in Madrid and other cities throughout Spain. In addition to meeting the need for housing in an atmosphere conducive to serious study, those residences proved to be settings in which it was easy to offer spiritual, cultural, and professional formation both to the residents and to many other university students who frequented the residences. It is not surprising, therefore, that as Opus Dei expanded internationally after the Second World War its members decided to establish university residences in the countries where Opus Dei was just beginning.

The articles reproduced here explore some aspects of that experience in three English-speaking countries, Great Britain, the United States, and Australia.