Van Ness Study Center is dedicated to helping women lead meaningful, committed, and happy lives as students, professionals, wives, and mothers. Its activities aim to inspire, educate, and mentor women so they can have a positive influence on society through their work, studies, and family responsibilities. The spiritual activities organized and run by Van Ness are entrusted to Opus Dei.
Opus Dei is a personal prelature of the Catholic Church that helps people seek holiness in and through their everyday activities and especially through their work. It was founded in 1928 by a Catholic priest, St. Josemaria Escriva, who died in 1975, and was canonized by St. John Paul II on October 6, 2002.