VATICAN CITY, MAY 12, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the description of the Cooperators of Opus Dei, which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Cooperators of Opus Dei
Identity: The Cooperators of Opus Dei are men and women who belong to an association inseparably linked to the Opus Dei Prelature, although they are not incorporated in the prelature.
The cooperators, together with the faithful of the prelature, cooperate through prayer, work and financial assistance, undertaking educational, welfare and cultural/social promotional work, thereby contributing to the common good of society. Cooperators of Opus Dei also include non-Catholics, non-Christians and nonbelievers, who share the human and social development objectives of apostolic initiatives, which are open to all and are promoted by the faithful (laity and clergy) of the prelature jointly with many other citizens.
The cooperators benefit from the prayers of Opus Dei and, if they wish, they can also receive the formation provided by the prelature to deepen the message of Jesus and their own spiritual lives, and to bear personal witness, without creating groups, consistently with their Christian vocation.
This formation requires Catholic cooperators to engage in prayer, partake of the sacraments, pray to Our Lady, demonstrating by their deeds their love for the Church, the Successor of Peter and the bishops. One essential part of the spirit of Opus Dei which is present in formation is the sanctification of professional life and family and social duties — in other words, identifying with Christ in ordinary daily life.
The cooperators also collaborate personally with other apostolic initiatives in their own dioceses.
Membership: The Cooperators of Opus Dei are present, like the Opus Dei itself, in 63 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania and South America.
Web site: www.opusdei.org
Cooperatori dell’Opus Dei
c/o Curia Prelatizia dell’Opus Dei
Viale Bruno Buozzi, 73
00197 Rome — Italy
Tel. (39) 06-80-8961 — Fax 06-80-70562
E-mail: [email protected]
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