The founders of Lagos Business School were inspired by the teachings of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Catholic institution, Opus Dei. The Prelature of Opus Dei encourages Christians of all social classes to live consistently with their faith, in the middle of the ordinary circumstances of their lives, especially through the sanctification of their professional work and family life. It encourages them to also play an active role in the just and efficient ordering of their societies.
The Prelature of Opus Dei takes responsibility for guaranteeing that all teaching, publishing and research activities in LBS are based on the Christian vision of man, society and economic activity. This ensures that LBS reminds people to respect and serve the dignity of the human person while carrying out business activities.
Like other ventures promoted by members of Opus Dei, Lagos Business School fully respects the freedom of individual consciences and is open to people of all creeds, races, and social conditions.
Opus Dei is an organisation of the Catholic Church focused on the specific mission of announcing the universal call to holiness to all mankind. This message says that all men and women everywhere are called by God to live lives of holiness.
Opus Dei, since its origin in 1928, has spread to over 80 countries across 6 continents. It currently has over 90,000 members made up of men and women of every kind of occupation and social status. The majority of its members are lay people living secular lives. A small minority are secular priests. Opus Dei members do not include religious men or women (i.e. monks and nuns).
Founder of Opus Dei
Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975) , a Spanish priest, founded Opus Dei on the 2nd of October 1928 in Madrid, Spain.
He was born on the 9th of January 1902 in Barbastro, Spain, and was ordained a priest in 1925. A few years later, he initiated Opus Dei and subsequently dedicated the rest of his life to the task of governing and directing its growth. He held a doctorate degree in civil law and a doctorate degree in theology. He is the author of several publications aimed at assisting his spiritual children grow in prayer and communion with God. The best known of these is The Way which has been translated into numerous languages and has sold several million copies. He died in Rome 26 June 1975. He was declared a saint by St Pope John Paul II in 2002.
For more information on Opus Dei visit www.opusdei.ng.