For almost a century, Opus Dei has transmitted to the world a message of encounter with God in ordinary life. A first of its kind, this book traces the history of the institution from its foundation in 1928 to 2016. It is based on extensive research in previously unexplored documents in Opus Dei’s archives and numerous interviews.
Volume Two covers the five decades that begin with the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. During that period, Opus Dei grew from 5,000 to more than 90,000 members and established centers throughout the world. Pope St. John Paul II made it a personal prelature and canonized its Founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá
José Luis González Gullón is a history professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and a member of the Historical Institute of St. Josemaría Escrivá. In addition to several articles on contemporary religious history, he has published several books on Opus Dei and clergy. Together with other authors, he edited the Spanish Diccionario de San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer.
John Coverdale has a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in law from the University of Chicago. He has taught Spanish history at Princeton University and Northwestern University, and law at Seton Hall University School of Law. His publications include Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War; The Basque Phase of Spain’s First Carlist War; The Political Transformation of Spain after Franco; Uncommon Courage: The Early Years of Opus Dei; Saxum: The Life of Alvaro del Portillo; and Putting Down Roots: Father Joseph Múzquiz and the Growth of Opus Dei.