Rev. James Socias, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1939. He received a doctorate in naval engineering from the University of Madrid.
After having worked as an engineer for thirteen years, he was ordained a priest in Spain in 1978 and obtained his doctorate in canon law from the University of Navarre. As a priest, he has developed his pastoral work among professionals, university faculty, campus ministry, seminarians, and priests.