and Other Writings
following is the work of the individual author and does not necessarily
reflect the views or opinions of the Opus Dei Awareness Network,
or not to enroll a child into an Opus Dei school,” by Rodrigo
Cedeño, Costa Rica.
This testimony was originally
published in Spanish on the Opus Libros website, and has been translated
by friends of ODAN and Opus Libros. The original article is "Sobre
llevar o no a un niño a un colegio del Opus Dei."
I only want to submit a helpful testimony from someone who lived
in his own flesh an education from an Opus Dei school.
Costa Rica, the men’s school is called Yorkin and my parents
heard of it, not long after the school’s inauguration, thanks
to a priest of “The Work” [nickname for Opus Dei]. Because
I had recently finished my primary education, they thought I should
take advantage of the benefits of prestige and quality that the
school proclaimed. In addition, the spiritual formation seemed to
them like the perfect complement to my future.
have to clarify that my parents knew absolutely nothing about The
Work; but they were always faithful to the Catholic Church and had
distinguished themselves in their local parish and had participated
in all of our extra-curricular activities as children.
Finally, they made the decision to register me into the school.
I began to form a group of friends, got to know the staff, was assigned
a “preceptor” (personal advisor associated with Opus
Dei) and then in general I began my academic coursework with good
by little, my profile was becoming suitable to be a numerary candidate.
I realize that it has been some years since I looked at this subject
from this perspective, but at that time I was very young and innocent.
that time, I succeeded in ranking #2 academically in my class in
very little time. (#1 is still in Opus Dei now.) I had a great ability
to make friends; my parents enjoyed an exemplary marriage; my father
was a successful businessman and my whole family was Catholic. These
are the ingredients to give birth to a vocation to Opus Dei.
so many other testimonies that have been published on the internet,
I became a member of Opus Dei at 14-1/2 years of age.
parents’ house became a motel for me (I was only there to
sleep), the fraternal relationship with my sister disappeared; my
parents stopped being my friends and my world began to turn toward
Escriva and his teachings.
a doubt, I recommend that people look for an alternative to Opus
Dei schools. There are many prestigious schools where a child can
dedicate himself or herself exclusively to study without having
to see himself or herself in the crossroads of having to decide
what he or she has to do with his or her life in the future. It
is ridiculous that a young child be pressured to make such an important
decision without having had enough life experience. And it is unjust
that people with more life experience and preparation pressure a
child psychologicall about such a decision in order not to lose
“hook” of prestige is many times only the bait for the
parents. The real reason these schools and colleges exist is to
find candidates for the organization. All of those who do not fit
the profile – the children of divorced parents, deficient
students, the sick or disabled, those of a religion different from
Catholic, or from a humble background – will pass through
as the most neglected by the organization.
I mentioned in the beginning, none of this did I imagine, dream
or was told. I lived it many years while I was there and as a member,
was a witness to it at the university. Logically, I could tell many
more things with detail but I believe that this will be sufficient
to give someone an idea.