Closure of the Diocesan Process of the Servant of God Laurita Busca Otaegui

On Monday, June 22, the diocesan phase of the cause of canonization of the Servant of God Laura Busca Otaegui was formally closed. She was the wife of Eduardo Ortiz de Landázuri, who has also been declared a Servant of God and whose process of canonization was closed in the archdiocese of Pamplona on May 28, 2002. Both were faithful of the Prelature of Opus Dei.

The ceremony, presided over by Archbishop Francisco Pérez González, took place in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Pamplona in northern Spain. It brought together a large group of family members and friends, along with many married couples who wanted to thank Eduardo and Laura for their example of love, fidelity, self-giving and joy in married life

During the closing ceremony Archbishop Pérez González said that “the day after the canonization of St. Josemaría, St. John Paul II referred to him as the saint of the ordinary. Today we pause to remember a faithful of the Prelature of Opus Dei who followed the path opened by the founder, seeking holiness in the ordinary daily activities of a Christian mother and spouse.”

The boxes containing the documentary materials and personal testimonies assembled by the tribunal since September 2012 were sealed and will be sent on to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for further study. From this moment on, the two Causes of Canonization are united in the private devotion of the Christian faithful as the Cause of Canonization of the Ortiz de Landázuri-Busca married couple.

Laura Busca was born on November 3, 1913 in Zumárraga, Guipuzcoa. She carried out her studies in Zumárraga, Vergara, and Valladolid. She received her licentiate in pharmacy in the Central University of Madrid in 1935. Her doctoral thesis on typhus was researched at the King’s Hospital, where she met Eduardo. After the traumatic years of the Spanish civil war, they were married on June 17, 1941, and eventually had seven children. Laura, who dedicated herself full time to her family, asked for admission to Opus Dei as a Supernumerary in 1953.

Romana, No. 60, January-June 2015, p. 115-116.