30. What corporate works of apostolate does Opus Dei run in the United States?

All the conference centers of Opus Dei are corporate works. In the United States these include Arnold Hall in Massachusetts, Longlea Conference Center in Virginia, Shelbourne Conference Center in Indiana, and Featherock Conference Center in Texas. I believe there’s one in California, too.

In addition to the conference centers, these are some of the corporate works Opus Dei has in the U.S. Each link is followed by the blurb contained on the center’s web site.

  • The Heights School in Potomac, Maryland“The Heights School is a private, independent, preparatory school for boys, grades three to twelve. Our mission is to assist parents in the intellectual, moral, physical, and spiritual education of their sons, with dedicated teachers training boys rigorously in the liberal arts. This formation in virtue fosters respect for every person, a desire to serve God and others, and an optimistic attitude towards life’s challenges.”
  • Oakcrest School in McLean, Virginia“Oakcrest School in partnership with parents challenges girls in grades 6-12 to develop their intellect, character, faith and leadership potential to succeed in college and throughout their lives.”
  • Lexington College in Chicago“Lexington College, an institution of higher education committed to being a leader in its field, prepares women for professional and managerial careers by offering a wide range of specializations in hospitality and related fields. Lexington produces graduates who are ready to face current and future industry challenges and are prepared to be leaders with personal integrity and the ability to meet others’ needs with grace and dignity.”
  • Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago“Midtown Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. At MEF, we seek to impact the future of Chicago education by offering high-quality enrichment opportunities for students and their parents through our unique, holistic approach to after-school and summertime programs at the Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls.”
  • Tenley Study Center in Washington, DC“Tenley Study Center is a supplementary educational center dedicated to the academic and character formation of young men. Through academic programs, service projects, and outings, we help young men to seek excellence in their studies and to be men of service. The Christian orientation of Tenley’s programs is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.”
  • Bayridge in Boston“A not-for-profit women’s student residence and cultural center, Bayridge first opened its doors in 1959. It was initially located on Exeter Street in the Back Bay of Boston. In the early ’60s, because of growing demand for student housing for women, Bayridge relocated to a larger, two-building facility at 395 Commonwealth Ave. Bayridge has always been open to women students who aspire to do well in their studies and develop themselves as persons of moral and ethical integrity in a family-like environment of academic enthusiasm and social outreach. As a cultural center, Bayridge seeks to strengthen and support that part of today’s culture which is eminently positive, pro-woman, and pro-community, and it opens its doors to the public for frequent lectures, conferences and concerts.”
  • Chestnut Center in San Francisco“Chestnut Center organizes activities for professional, college, and high school women in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The spiritual and doctrinal activities offered at Chestnut Center are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. Opus Dei’s purpose is to help people find God in their everyday lives of work, family, and social relations.”

These are just a sample of the corporate works in the U.S. There are many others. In all cases, the statutes of the Work specify that the corporate work’s association with Opus Dei must be made known to all participants.

Previous: 29. What is a “corporate work of apostolate” of Opus Dei?

Next: 31. Why do Opus Dei spiritual directors read the mail of numeraries?

Return to Questions