Some Corporate Works of Opus Dei in North America
Besides charity and social work, Opus Dei members are involved in running universities, university residences, schools, publishing houses, and technical
and agricultural training centers. Opus Dei is an increasingly strong presence on U.S. college campuses. Traditionally, their efforts to attract new members has led them to colleges and universities…
Opus Dei also runs residential centers for celibate members throughout the world, undertake recruitment, and provide doctrinal and theological education. Opus Dei is also responsible for a variety of non-profit institutions called “Corporate Works of Opus Dei.”
Opus Dei operates five high schools in the United States
The Heights School, Washington, DC, is an all-boys college preparatory school for grades 3-12, which has entrusted the spiritual aspects of its activities
to Opus Dei.
Oak Crest in McLean, VA, is a girls college prep school for grades 7-12, and is a corporate work of Opus Dei.
Montrose School in Natick, MA, is a girls’ school. The Opus Dei provides the school with chaplains to oversee the religious education curriculum, celebrate Mass, provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and occasionally teach. Montrose has two chaplains who are priests of Opus Dei available to serve both Catholic and non-Catholic students.
Northridge Preparatory School, Niles, IL, is a a boys’ school. Opus Dei provides spiritual formation for Northridge.
The Willows Academy, Des Plaines, IL, is an independent school for young women in grades six to twelve…committed to providing a college-preparatory academic program of the highest caliber, a moral atmosphere complementary to that of the home and character formation designed to instill lifelong values. The Willows Academy is inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of the Prelature of Opus Dei.”
Ernescliff College, Toronto, has entrusted the activities of doctrinal and spiritual formation to Opus Dei. The resident chaplain, a priest of Opus Dei, is available for spiritual guidance.
Arnold Hall Conference Center in Pembroke, MA, offers retreats and workshops for men and women. The activities offered at Arnold Hall are conducted by a priest of Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.
Bayridge Residence in Boston, MA, is a student residence and a cultural center for single women in Boston. The spiritual formation is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.
Chestnut Center, San Francisco, is an Opus Dei women’s center.
Charwick Study Center for women organizes activities for professional, college, and high school women. The spiritual and doctrinal activities are entrusted to Opus Dei.
Highway One, Pacific Coast Leadership Program (PCLP) started about 1988, entrusts the doctrinal/spiritual aspects of its activities to Opus Dei.
Lexington College, Chicago, is the only women’s hospitality management college in the United States. Opus Dei provides Lexington with a chaplain and assists in bringing Christian values into Lexington’s programs.
The Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago, IL, runs programs for inner city youth 4th to 12th grade—the Metro program for girls and the Midtown program for boys. It is a corporate work of Opus Dei.
Murray Hill Institute, NY, NY, is an Opus Dei organization for professional women to help them transform culture through their work.
Peralta Study Center, Berkeley, CA is dedicated to providing Opus Dei “Christian” formation to women. It was begun in 2001.
Petawa Residence, Milwaukee, WI, is an Opus Dei student residence and cultural center for undergraduate and graduate women, located near Milwaukee’s major universities.
South Bronx Educational Foundation, New York, works with families, businesses and community leaders to help youth grow intellectually, culturally and morally. All programs focus on developing personal character in small group or one-on-one settings.
Youth Services International, Chicago, IL, entrusts the “Christian” orientation of all YSI Programs to Opus Dei.
Featherock Conference Center, Schulenburg, Texas, is an Opus Dei center which hosts retreats, professional conferences, seminars, summer camps, and study weekends.
Westfield Residence Los Angeles is an Opus Dei center for women. Programs of a spiritual nature are entrusted to Opus Dei.
Youth Leadership Foundation in Washington, DC, entrusts the “Christian” orientation of the programs of these study centers to Opus Dei.
Some prominent Opus Dei members
Robert Hanssen—FBI agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia. His treason has been described as “possibly the worst intelligence disaster in US history.” A supernumerary, he reportedly left Opus Dei after his arrest.
Scott Hahn is an Opus Dei supernumerary, an American theologian, former Presbyterian pastor and convert to Catholicism. He is best known for his conversion story Rome Sweet Home and theology books. He recounts his membership in Opus Dei in his book Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace:
My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei.
C. John McCloskey, III is a Catholic priest and member of Opus Dei. He is the former director of the Catholic Information Center of the Archdiocese of Washington. He worked on Wall Street—Citibank and Merrill Lynch—for some years before becoming a priest, being ordained in 1981.
Fr. McCloskey is perhaps best-known for having helped many people convert to Catholicism, including: (This does not mean they are Opus Dei)
Sam Brownback, a Republican candidate in the 2008 Presidential election, who was involved with The Fellowship foundation.
Robert Bork served as Solicitor General, acting Attorney General, and judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Lawrence Kudlow is an American conservative, supply-side economist, and television personality.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson is a prominent pro-life activist who was converted from being a Pro-choice NARAL founder in his earlier years as a doctor, where he performed thousands of abortions.
For other members of the clergy: Opus Dei: Priestly Society of the Holy Cross
There are around 2000 priests, bishops and deacons around the world who are members of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.
This information is for my post:
The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Politics