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
and Msgr. M. Fazio

From February 23 to 24, 2015, the XXII Seminar of the Philosophy Faculty will take place, on the theme “Philosophy as Paideia”. Further, the educative role of this discipline will be explored, from historical-philosophical, theoretical and didactic-pedagogical perspectives.
It is possible to send papers beginning January 10, 2015.

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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.

Information on Master

Information on Seminar Ars praedicandi

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.

"God has not abandoned us and he will not", is one of the passages from the letter that Bishop Anthony Borwah, from the Diocese of Gbarnga (Liberia) and alumni of Communications (class 2001), wrote addressed to us just days ago.   

Mons. Borwah recounts his experience from one of the territories hit by a wave of Ebola, “that has decimated families and entire populations”.  Just for this reason, he could not participate in the Synod on the family last October, though he was the designated representative for the Bishops’ Conference of Liberia.

His same spiritual advisor, the Spanish missionary Miguel Pajares, died last August in Spain after having contracting the virus while working as a medic in the Hospital of Monrovia.

In the meantime, his diocese is doing what is possible to fight the virus, such as campaigns providing information and education on health, but also through prayer: till November 30, in every church, the Holy Rosary is offered for this intention.

The academic community of the Holy Cross assures its concern for the populations stuck by Ebola and unites with them in prayer.

Testimony of Mons. Borwah released to CNS

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.

Program - Photogallery


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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