The Election of Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz as Prelate of Opus Dei

Convoked by the Auxiliary Vicar of the Prelature, in accord with no. 130 of the Codex iuris particularis Operis Dei (Statutes of the Prelature), in the month of January there was held in Rome the third General Elective Congress[1] of Opus Dei to designate the successor to Bishop Javier Echevarría as head of Opus Dei. In the entire process (the plenary gathering of the Advisory and the Elective Congress), 194 faithful of Opus Dei—94 priests and 100 lay persons—took part.

[1]    The first Elective Congress was held in September 1975, after the death of the founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer; the second took place in April 1994, to elect the successor of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.

Romana, No. 64, January-June 2017, p. 10.