PODCAST | On the Feast of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo (May 12)

Following the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo in 2014, the Church designated May 12th, the anniversary of his First Communion, as his feast day.

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo was a close collaborator of St. Josemaria Escriva and his first successor as Prelate of Opus Dei. In celebration of the feast day, Fr. Javier del Castillo prepared a special reflection for listeners of the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast.

Reflecting on the nickname given to him by St. Josemaria, “Saxum,” which means “rock” in Latin, we learn about Blessed Alvaro’s fortitude and how God sends us this gift of the Holy Spirit to help us overcome all obstacles, to become “rocks”— “a better building block for the Church wherever God has placed you.”

To learn more about Blessed Alvaro del Portillo visit:

Rev. Javier del Castillo Rev. Javier del Castillo

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in Chicago and is Vice President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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  • Brian May 12, 2016  

    Don ALvaro, continue to keep me in your prayers

  • Peter May 12, 2017  

    Don Alvaro, I entrust my son and his family to your fatherly protection.

  • Pat May 13, 2017  

    This was a most beautiful and inspiring meditation. Great insights to meditate upon! Thank you!

  • Susan May 13, 2017  

    Blessed Alvaro, please intercede for the cure of the sickness of Fr. Julio Peñacoba.