Rev. Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, Vice Grand Chancellor of the University, was nominated Auxiliary Vicar for the Prelature of Opus Dei.

Taking his position as Vicar General for the Prelature is the rev. Msgr. Mariano Fazio, already rector of the University from 2002 to 2008 and, previous to that, first deacon of the Faculty of Communication (1996-1999).

Msgr. Ocáriz is a professor emeritus of the Faculty of Theology.

The academic community unites in pray as requested by the Bishop Prelate of Opus Dei and Grand Chancellor of the University, Msgr. Javier Echevarría, 82 years old, in a letter which communicates the appointments, in order "to give a renewed apostolic dynamism to the work of Opus Dei, to the service of the Church and all souls."

* In the photo, SER. Msgr. Javier Echevarría (right), accompanied by Msgr.  Fernando Ocáriz (left) and Msgr. Mariano Fazio (center), during an event at the University in 2006.

Letter from di Msgr. Echevarría

Biography of Msgr. F. Ocáriz
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Monday, December 15, at 12:40 pm, the University Choir maked its first public appearance, directed by Mº rev. Ramón Saiz-Pardo.

In honor of the occasion, the singers offered the accademic community some Christmas Carols.

Starting February 19, 2015, the Center for Priestly Formation begins the 2ª edition of the Masters in seminarian formation, a 44 hour course over two semesters for the ongoing formation of priest students in Rome.

Among the objectives of the masters, which is sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy, is the improvement of skills in the context of completing formation projects, knowledge of the maturation processes of seminarians so as to better help them develop their skills, and preparation in the various forms of spiritual guidance.

The program will thus concentrate on areas of human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation and on the organization of the seminary.

On February 25 the Seminar on Ars praedicandi will begin.

Entitled Classical rhetoric and modern communications at the service of Evangelization, the course, lasting 12 hours total, seeks to aid priests with adequate preparation for preaching, departing from studies of classical rhetorical and offering practical applications.

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Thursday, December 4 (Aula Álvaro del Portillo), the University held the award ceremony of the 2014 Novak Award assigned to prof. Oskari Juurikkala, Finnish scholar who is expert in economy and law, now completing a doctorate in theology.
Due to the award, prof. Juurikkala held a conference A free-market appreciation of Pope Francis.

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From November 26 to 30, 2014, on the initiative of the Institute of Liturgy and the Association Via Lucis e Nartex, the first annual meeting between artists and theologians took place, in which the theme Art and liturgy for a contemporary experimental work was considered.


Tuesday, November 25, the Philosophy Faculty celebrated the academic feast of their Patroness, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. After the Holy Mass in the Basilica of Saint Apollinare, rev. prof. Mauro Mantovani, SDB, from the Salesian University, held the lectio Fides et scientia iuvant se in certitudine: the "question" of God and the demonstrability of His existence according to some authors from the second Iberian Scholasticism.

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Thursday, November 20 (3:00 pm, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), on the initiative of the Faculty of Philosophy and in collaboration with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, the event What is marriage? A philosophic-juridical dialogue took place. Speakers included professors from Princeton University, Yale Law of School, Ave Maria Law School and the Holy Cross.

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Thursday, November 20, the award ceremony for the 2 edition of the “Giuseppe De Carli” prize took place at the Pontifical School of Theology, “San Bonaventura”, the same association that instituted it and of which the University has academic partnership.  First place italian journalists were Andrea Tornielli (La Stampa), Aldo Maria Valli (Tg1 Rai) and Daniele Bellocchio (L'Espresso).

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"The average Italian believes scientific results are compatible with faith and religious belief: accepts the scientific truths concerning the origin of man and the universe, as well as believing that God played a role in the appearance of life.”  These results are the outcome of a survey commissioned by the Higher International School of Interdisciplinary Research (SISRI), which reports to the Center DISF of our University.

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Saturday, November 8, on the initiative of University pastoral care of the Vicariate of Rome, Universities XII Pilgrimage and welcome of first-year students to Orvieto took place. The theme of the day was: New humanism and the Eucharist.

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Tuesday, October 7, the inauguration ceremony for the 30th academic year of our University took place.

At 9:30 am, in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, the Bishop Prelate of Opus Dei and Grand Chancellor, Mons. Javier Echevarría, presided over the Holy votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, con-celebrated by deacons of the different schools and academic authorities.

Following, in the Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II", the solemn act took place along with an inaugural speech by Rev. Prof. José María La Porte, dean of the School of Communications, on The communication of the faith and the existential peripheries

In the opening speech for the new academic year, the Grand Chancellor stated: “A Church outbound has need of a university outbound, which does not lock itself up in a sort of ivory tower, but develops in thought what is born from life and is placed at the service of life.“

Concluding the ceremony, staff who had worked at the University for 25 years were presented silver medals.

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Academic Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Patroness of the Philosophy Faculty, November 25, 2014

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