Study Conference - Presentation

Centennial of Msgr. Álvaro del Portillo
Vir fidelis multum laudabitur

Rome, March 12th-14th, 2014

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of our first Grand Chancellor, Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, and in view of his approaching beatification, this international conference will examine three broad areas of his life and work.

Firstly, the conference will explore Msgr. del Portillo’s relationship with Opus Dei, both as son and collaborator of its Founder, Saint Josemaría, and as his successor.

Secondly, we will focus on his love for the Church, as can be seen through his noteworthy contributions to the Second Vatican Council and the new Code of Canon Law, as well as through his service to the particular Churches.

And lastly, we will consider the key elements of his spiritual message - echo of the teachings of St. Josemaría - and its particular application to such themes as the New Evangelization, the priesthood, the reflection on Faithful and Laity in the Church, etc.. 

The main talks will be of an academic character (historical, theological and canonical) and should provide suggestions and ideas for further development.

There will also be two round-table discussions presenting living testimonies concerning the points discussed in the talks.