Founder’s Week at the University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain)
The second edition of the University of Navarre’s Founder’s Week, the week commemorating the anniversaries of the founding of Opus Dei (October 2, 1928), the canonization of St. Josemaría (October 6, 2002) and the homily he gave on the campus (October 8, 1967), opened on October 3 with an informal public event attended by some 500 people, mostly students from the university. It was moderated by Teo Peñarroya, editor of the magazine Nuestro Tiempo. Historians Ana Escauriaza and Pablo Pérez spoke, emphasizing St. Josemaría’s passion for the role of the university, understood as service, and the current relevance of his personality. At the end of the colloquium, there was a modest aperitif in the open air for all those present.
In the following days, several faculties organized other events to raise awareness of University’s founder among students, academics and staff. On Saturday the 8th, a Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the University. The Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Spain, who is also Vice-chancellor of the University of Navarre, Ignacio Barrera, presided at the ceremony. The ceremony was attended by 1,700 people.
Romana, n. 75, July-December 2022, p. 215-216.