The present prelate of Opus Dei was born in Madrid on June 14, 1932.
Bishop Javier Echevarría
In 1975, when Alvaro del Portillo succeeded St. Josemaría as head of Opus Dei, Bishop Echevarría was named secretary general, a position hitherto occupied by del Portillo. In 1982, when Opus Dei was established as a personal prelature, he became its vicar general.
Bishop Echevarría is a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. He participated in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for America (1997) and Europe (1999) and in the ordinary General Assemblies of 2001 and 2005.
His election and his appointment by John Paul II as prelate of Opus Dei took place on April 20, 1994. The Pope ordained him as a bishop on January 6, 1995, in St. Peter’s Basilica.
He is the author of books of spirituality such as "Memoria del beato Josemaria," "Itinerarios de vida cristiana," "Para servir a la Iglesia," "Getsemani" and "Eucaristia y vida cristiana."
December 12, 2013