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Professor John Coverdale  

Book Party! Professor Coverdale has published "Putting Down Roots: Father Joseph Muzquiz and the Growth of Opus Dei"

Professor John Coverdale

Professor Coverdale, who specializes in tax law and the interplay between law and Catholic social thought, has published Putting Down Roots: Father Joseph Muzquiz and the Growth of Opus Dei. Professor Coverdale is a leading expert on Opus Dei; this is his second book on the Catholic personal prelature and the first biography of Father Joseph Muzquiz.

The book tells the story of the growth of Opus Dei and of Father Muzquiz, who came to America with little money and a weak grasp of English to establish the The Work—as Opus Dei is popularly called—in 1949. Opus Dei’s call for holiness in everyday life and secular work as a form of prayer was shocking to many at the time. But by the time of Father Muzquiz’s death in 1983, The Work was well-established in the U.S. Today, many Catholics pray to Father Muzquiz and pray the Church will one day canonize him.

In the 1960s, Professor Coverdale worked for Saint Josemaria Escriva in Rome. Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, both governed and expanded the apostolic organization during his lifetime. Catholic leaders, including Popes, have endorsed his teachings. The Church canonized Escriva in 2002.

Recently, Professor Coverdale co-hosted a 13-part weekly series for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the largest religious media network in the world, about Escriva and his work with Opus Dei.

Prior to becoming a law professor at Seton Hall in 1993, Professor Coverdale clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when he sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He has published articles on topics such as taxation, administrative law, catholic social thought, and just war theory.