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Pembroke Opus Dei center ready 'to change the world'


Opus Dei Chestnut Hill Center director Joe Billmeier and Father Dick Rieman pose for a photo outside of the main entrance to the Lockwood Building at Arnold Hall Center in Pembroke. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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PEMBROKE -- While Hollywood pushes ups and downs in their narrative on the subject of Opus Dei, The Work continues undaunted at Arnold Hall in Pembroke.

At the out-of-the-way center, Opus Dei in Boston provides Catholic formation and programs to bolster what is sometimes called The Work begun by the Spaniard St. Josemaria Escriva in 1928.

One supernumerary -- a married member of Opus Dei -- said negative portrayal in film dealt the organization more of a boost than a blow.

"Hollywood did us a big favor frankly," said Peter Buckley, 50, an investment advisor whose entire family of six children and his wife participate in Opus Dei.

He said the media attention caused some individuals to explore the organization for themselves.

At the invitation of Joe Billmeier, a local Opus Dei leader, The Pilot took a tour of the facilities and got an inside look at the workings of Opus Dei on a local level.

Programs at the house prepare newcomers of all ages to sanctify their work through day-to-day aspects of their lives.

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