“There is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each of you to discover it”
-Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei
Opus Dei & the University
The founders of Pan-Atlantic University were inspired in beginning this educational project by the teachings of the founder of Opus Dei. Furthermore, the Prelature of Opus Dei provides the spiritual and pastoral means necessary in order that the University may maintain and develop its Christian identity. The Prelature of Opus Dei takes responsibility for guaranteeing that all teaching, publishing and research activities in PAU are inspired by the Christian view of the person, the world and society, and seeks a coherent union between faith, thought and life.
The Christian inspiration of the Pan-Atlantic University moves it to promote student participation in activities of solidarity, and teaches them to dedicate part of their time to those most in need. In this way they gain consciousness of their responsibility to serve society with their future work.
Opus Dei and Its Mission
Opus Dei’s purpose is to contribute to the Church’s evangelizing mission. In particular, it aims to spread the Christian message that every single person is called to holiness. This teaching was at the heart of the Second Vatican Council, which was enormously influential in shaping the Catholic Church’s understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ in the modem world.
Saint Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975), founded Opus Dei in 1928. Even during his lifetime he had a reputation for holiness, which continued to grow around the world after his death. He was declared blessed in 1992 and a saint in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. The feast day of Saint Josemaría is June 26.
People of all kinds belong to Opus Dei: priests and lay people, men and women, young and old, married and single; of every occupation and social level. Men and women have the same status in Opus Dei, Most members are married and have families. Some members make a commitment to celibacy, and so generally have more time and availability to dedicate to the various activities promoted by Opus Dei.