Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc. (ODAN™)

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“Bringing light to Opus Dei’s Questionable Practices”

ODAN challenges many of Opus Dei’s Questionable Practices because of the way they affect an individual’s personal freedom, choices and family life.

Since 1991, ODAN has been in contact with countless individuals, families, the secular and religious press, clergy, religious, cult awareness organizations, campus ministers, home-schooling parents and more.

ODAN has been providing information about Opus Dei’s Questionable Practices since 1991. Over the years the information we have gathered has become large and expansive.

ODAN is in the midst of cataloguing it’s extensive collection of information and articles into a digital format. Much of the information is from almost 30 years ago, during a time when Opus Dei had not polished its veneer, especially with the media. The information ODAN has gathered is both comprehensive and important to preserve. It provides a much different view of Opus Dei and reveals a troubling picture of how harmful Opus Dei is. While some of the information was posted many years ago, it still applies to Opus Dei and its activities. The only difference today is the more media savvy approach Opus Dei uses to explain itself. Our approach is to provide accurate, honest information in a scholarly way.

ODAN is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Please support our work to continue providing information about Opus Dei.

Donors can make donations by check (Please make payable to ODAN, PO Box 4333, Pittsfield, MA 01202-4333); with PayPal, or Credit Card. Thank you for helping ODAN to provide education, outreach and support to those adversely affected by Opus Dei. Thank you!

Testimonies about Opus Dei:

Questionable Practices, Statutes, Statutes 1950 (Constitution) the article Leopards in the Temple and Joining Opus Dei. Each was selected for the important information contained within.

Funding Letter December 2020:

Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc. (ODAN™)
PO Box 4333, Pittsfield, MA 01202-4333,

www.odan.org, e-mail: odan@odan.org Tel: (413) 499-7168

December 2020

Dear Friends of ODAN:

In 1989 a controversy that involved C. John McCloskey, a then practicing priest of Opus Dei, occurred at Princeton University Aquinas Institute Campus Ministry.  He was its Associate Chaplain beginning from 1985 and caused a great deal of criticism surrounding his approach.  He was reportedly asking inappropriate questions of students about whether their parents were married, divorced, or practicing Catholics.  He sought lists of all Catholic students attending Princeton and counseled students not to read some course material he deemed inappropriate.  It drew the attention of Christian and non- Christian alike who criticized the controlling approach of McCloskey.   This is the Opus Dei way. 

McCloskey was asked to leave Princeton Campus Ministry in June, 1990 and eventually went to the Catholic Information Center in Washington, DC., a bookstore and chapel run by Opus Dei.  If one paid attention, you would find names associated with Opus Dei’s political agenda, even though Opus Dei insists they do not get involved with politics.  One was Robert George, who created the James Madison Program through Princeton.  It was funded through the Association for Cultural Interchange (ACI) a non-profit.  Money exchanges were tied to another non-profit Higher Education Initiatives Fund (HEIF).  If you research further, you will find that the bulk of the money from those two non-profits went to the Madison Program that was run by an Opus Dei numerary member.  While this specific example  occurred in 2005, in the complicated financial side of Opus Dei, ODAN has been keeping records and is in the process of creating a historical time line of Opus Dei’s activities backed up by documentation up to this day.

A full file of articles documenting the events surrounding  the Princeton  controversy with Opus Dei were donated to ODAN and will be a part of the Historical Time Line of Opus Dei that ODAN is presently working on.  Through this collecting of all things Opus Dei, ODAN has not only established an accurate historic accounting of Opus Dei’s activity but has established a systemic accounting  of  Opus Dei’s activity, both financially and spiritually encompassing the whole world up to the present day.  It is quite a lot of material that needs to be put in electronic form. 

In 1991, ODAN was formed questioning Opus Dei’s Practices.  ODAN provided a place where people who had bad experiences with Opus Dei could tell of what they had experienced.  Up to that point they were mostly not believed.  Some had mental breakdowns because of Opus Dei’s extreme recruitment tactics. ODAN provided a place where individuals who had left Opus Dei could document their experiences with a promise that their story would only be repeated with their permission.  This promise is honored to this day. 

Please consider a generous donation to help us continue to research and create a permanent place for our Historical Time Line of Opus Dei activity.  The examples I have given are a small example of the material in our possession.   Your continued prayers and support are appreciated.   Thank you.

Dianne R. DiNicola, Executive Director
Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc.  

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ODAN is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Please support our work to continue providing information about Opus Dei.

Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 4333
Pittsfield, MA 01202-4333
Telephone: 413-499-7168
Email: odan@odan.org
Executive Director: Dianne DiNicola

Revised December 30, 2020