Cause of Canonization Opened for Married Couple in Opus Dei
On February 19, the Archbishop of Madrid opened the cause of canonization for Paquita Dominguez and Tomas Alvira, a married couple with 8 children.
February 27, 2009
The Alviras' children, with Cardinal Ruoco.
Tomas Alvira joined Opus Dei in 1947, and Paquita Dominguez in 1952. Prof. Alvira held a university chair in science, while his wife was a high school teacher.
Faithful to the spirit of Opus Dei, they transmitted to their children and to many other people an example of Christian life through their "bright and cheerful home," as St. Josemaria Escrivá urged.
The postulator of the cause, Jose Carlos Martin de la Hoz, pointed out that "the Church now asks us to show that their lives in the Prelature of Opus Dei, during so many years, was truly heroic." A tribunal has been set up to collect the evidence needed "to determine whether this couple can be considered an example and intercessors for all Christians," the postulator said.
The act took place in the Basilica of St. Michael, in Madrid.
This act marked a new step in the preliminary diocesan phase of the process that began on February 14, 2008, when the Cardinal of Madrid issued a decree on the reputation for sanctity and favors granted through the intercession of the Alviras.
Cardinal Ruoco signs the act opening the Cause of Canonization.
May 21, 2013