• History of Opus Dei

    Opus Dei is a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. It was founded in Madrid on October 2, 1928 by Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. Its mission is to spread the message of the universal call to holiness and apostolate in the world.


    A brief biography of St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer by José Luis Illanes

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    The aim of the institute is to promote historical studies of St. Josemaria’s life and Opus Dei and is also responsible for the publication of the Opera omnia of Saint Josemaria.
    The ISJE has its headquarters in Rome, in the library building of the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, in the ancient Palazzo di San Girolamo della Carità.

  • Studia et Documenta

    The Isituto Storico San Josemaría Escrivá has published Volume 9(2015) of the journal Studia et Documenta. The subject chosen for the monographic study, which makes up the first part of the publication, is an analysis of the figure of Msgr. Álvaro del Portillo, beatified on the 27th of September; the centenary of his birth was celebrated in 2014.



The Institute publishes the Collection of the Complete Works of St. Josemaría. A monograph collection, a specialized dictionary and the annual journal “Studia et Documenta” are also published. More information

Bibliographic enquiries

Our virtual library offers a useful electronic tool to perform literature searches. In addition, access is available to specialized libraries in Rome and Pamplona. More information

Our annual journal

Each year “Studia et Documenta” publishes around 500 pages of research specializing in the history of St. Josemaría and Opus Dei together with a comprehensive bibliography. More information


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To subscribe or to request back numbers please go to the following web page where you can also pay on-line and obtain further information: www.studiaetdocumenta.org

The annual subscription consists of one volume per year. The publication of each new volume is scheduled for March.

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Bibliographical enquiries

For all matters pertaining to bibliographical enquiries, the Historical Institute is supported by the Center of Documentation and Studies on Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer (CEDEJ), which has a database providing specialized bibliographical information for those researchers who request it.

On the right, other bibliographical resources on St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer and Opus Dei.

Complete Works, Collection of monographs, St. Josemaria Dictionary

One of the first tasks undertaken by the Historical Institute has been the preparation of the complete works of St. Josemaria. The Historical Institute promotes also the publication of monographic studies about St. Josemaria and Opus Dei. The Monte Carmelo publishing house and the St. Josemaría Historical Institute have released a high-quality encyclopedic dictionary dedicated to the life, message and doctrine of St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei.

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