Join us in celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Women in Opus Dei: 1930 to 2020!

Our celebration will be held February 15th 7:30PM at 410 Sandy Whispers Place, Cary, NC 27519. Please RSVP by February 1st to reserve your spot by emailing Maite Bucher at oakwoodculturalcenter@gmail.com with your name and number of guests. Thank you!

Oakwood Cultural Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Please click here to read the Articles of Incorporation.

Oakwood is dedicated to the professional development and the character formation of women, from the very young to the golden years.

At Oakwood we seek to educate, mentor, and inspire women to be leaders of integrity who serve society through their work, studies, and family responsibilities with freedom, professionalism, and joy.

The spiritual and doctrinal aspects of all activities sponsored by Oakwood are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. Learn more about Opus Dei here.

This webpage is the communications center of the women who create, support, or simply enjoy activities designed to positively influence the culture of the greater Raleigh area, one friendship at a time.

For more ABOUT US, view a short presentation to on Oakwood Cultural Center.

 Listen to the accompanying audio by clicking here.


Cooperators      Calendar       Activities      More Info     DONATE  

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Activities for Women

Opportunities to Grow in Faith 

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Monthly Day of Recollection for Women 

Prayer is the foundation of the spiritual edifice. Prayer is all-powerful. – St. Josemaría

Monthly Days of Recollection are a time for personal prayer and reflection on topics to do with the Christian life. A recollection typically lasts two hours, set apart from one’s busy schedule of work and family life, to recharge one’s spiritual life. The format includes two meditations by a priest, personal time for spiritual reading and/or a short talk by a lay person. A priest is available for confession throughout the day.


Thursdays –  9:30am to Mass at noon

Confessions heard until 5pm

St Joseph Catholic Church 2817 Poole Rd, Raleigh NC

Babysitting available (most months)

 See calendar for dates.


Yearly Retreats for Women
Days on retreat. Recollection in order to know God, to know yourself and thus to make progress.       – St Josemaría
Weekend retreats are excellent means to grow in faith and virtue. Retreat Weekends include those specific to high school girls, as well as those focused on college women, and those geared to young professional women.
See Yuma Center for more details.


Workshops and Seminars are presented twice yearly focused on relevant themes.


College Women gather regularly for activities that provide spiritual, professional and leadership training, as well as attending retreats specific to college women.

Young Professional Women meet for Evenings of Conversation about relevant and meaningful topics, providing an opportunity to enrich their lives and encourage one another in their professional development. Many benefit from the yearly retreats, particularly from the retreat for professional women.


Clubs and Camps for Girls from age 5 through high school, activities promote friendship and virtuous leadership.

  • Younger girls age 5 to 9 gather monthly to learn to sew small projects while practicing the virtue of the month.  Friendships are formed and hearts are inspired.
  • Middle school girls age 10 to 13 look forward to a meeting each month to form new friendships and deepen others while becoming competent chefs and event planners. The girls are mentored to continue to grow in virtue as they share their gifts with others.
  • High school young ladies develop leadership skills and positive friendships that will see them through life challenges.  Successful young professional women are their guests at the dinner table where ideas are shared and inspiration takes root.
  • Summer Camps for girls provide opportunities for service, fun, formation, and friendship. Raleigh area details and RSVP will be available early spring.
  • Many girls also enjoy camps and service opportunities in our neighboring states. See Camp Kittimaquundi for girls and Yuma Center for high school girls.


Saint Josemaría Feast Day Mass 

“Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian – yours and mine.” – St. Josemaría

We gather every year in June to celebrate the feast day Mass of Saint Josemaría. Please check back for the 2020 celebration.


Please click here to view the complete list of activities (contact person, name of the activity, and city).


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Day of Recollection: October 3, 2019



Saint Josemaría Feast Day Mass 

Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian – yours and mine – St Josemaría
DATE & TIME:  Thursday June 20, 2019 – 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth St, Raleigh NC
PRINCIPAL CELEBRANT:  The Most Reverend Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of Raleigh
WANT TO DONATE? Click here for information about the budget and pledges for the June 20 Mass

2019 Family Enrichment Workshop

WHEN: Saturday- June 1st, 2019
Session One: 9:30AM-12noon “Matrimonial Love” for couples
Session Two: 1:30PM- 4PM “Preadolescents” for parents of preteens
Presenters: Manolo and Marie Escueta
President Couple of Education for the Upbringing of the Children
Please click here to READ MORE about the presenters and learn more about the program.
Questions? Contact Catalina Orozco – catasaldarriaga@hotmail.com


2019 Annual Workshop for Cooperators and Friends

WHEN:       March 16, 2019
WOMANHOOD: Choosing Happiness
Listen to the audio of the talks by following the links below:
Talk I: The Surprising not Surprising Key to Happiness by Dr. Kalynne Pudner – The Philosopher Mom
Informative Session: The What, Who, Why and How of Oakwood Cultural Center
Talk II: More on Transhumanism by Dr. Sophia Aguirre


LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? Send us a NOTE… we’ll gladly answer your questions and help you get involved.


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Your Donation Matters

Oakwood Cultural Center brings positive change to the community –

Inspire one young girl and she spreads her joy to all her friends.

Educate a room full of young ladies and they bring virtue to their community.

Mentor confidence in college  and professional women and their passion for the good becomes unlimited.

Give a woman leadership skills and foster in her a passionate heart and she will change the world!

Please consider signing up for a monthly contribution, or a generous one time gift.

Our monthly-contributors are the driving force for sustaining our programs in the Triangle area. Whether you can commit to $5 or $500, your contribution brings us one step closer to accomplishing our goals.

Your tax-deductible* gift will enable Oakwood Cultural Center to continue to inspire, educate, and mentor women of all ages in the greater Raleigh area.

Contributions can be made sent by check (made to Oakwood Cultural Center) to:

2204 Brigham Rd
Greensboro NC 27409

Via automatic transfers or

via secure link (click here to DONATE now).

Please fill out the form below if you want to set up a contribution.

Thank you for your continuous and generous support!


*You can request a tax-receipt for gifts over $250.
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Becoming Involved as Cooperators

In praying each day for the Cooperators, as do all the members of Opus Dei, I ask God to reward their generous help, and to lead them to an ever deeper knowledge of the consoling Truth of Christ – St Josemaría


Through their prayer, time or treasure, Cooperators contribute to educational and service projects that benefit the community.  Cooperators also benefit from opportunities for formation, opportunities which encourage them to excellence in everyday life as professional women, wives, mothers, daughters, and friends.

Interested? Please send us a note through our contact page.

So…what exactly is a Cooperator of Opus Dei?

Click here  to find out more

or access on-line the Cooperators Booklet

with testimonials and stories of cooperators (note: 46 pages).



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More Info

Please send us a note and let us know your thoughts and/or how you would like to get involved. We look forward to your comments and would be glad to answer your questions.