(Lat., ‘the work of God’).
A Benedictine designation for the Divine Office.
Opus Dei is also the name of a RC organization devoted to fostering the application of Christian principles to daily living in all walks of life. It was founded in 1928 in Madrid by St Josemaría Escrivá (1902–75), who also set up a branch for women (1930) and in 1943 the Society of the Holy Cross for priests. In 1982 the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei was established, giving the organization considerable independence of local bishops. It maintains a number of educational establishments, notably the University of Pamplona.