luxcrucis, thanks for your reply. As you can see, he didn’t answered your question. Of course that in order to be ordained all the three wills that you mentioned below should be required.
And of course that the person that is requesting to be ordained will write a letter to the Prelate (or to the Bishop).
But what we’re talking here is which is first the chicken or the egg?
To explain, you said that the person (in this case a numerary or associate) should express his wish to be ordained first to the Prelate and wait for his answer.
That should be fine if it was the true.
In Opus Dei (as is mandated by its own catechism, I’m not making this up) the Prelate is the one that makes the first move and asks the numerary or associate if he wishes to be ordained.
It may sound “out of the blue” the request? yes, but that’s how things work.
Opus Dei has the premise that numeraries and associates gave up their lives to serve wherever and whichever way the apostolic work needs them.
And one of them is to be priests. Their believe is that priesthood is just another way to serve their members, not a special or specific calling, because their vocation was not to be priests, was to serve Opus Dei.
Sad to say that I met several ex-Opus Dei priests (which I can put in contact with you if you want) that confirmed that they joined Opus Dei because they didn’t want to be priests, they just wanted to be lay working people. But once the Prelate asked them to be ordained, they didn’t have much choice than to accept, as all the requests that come from the Prelate are taken as requests coming from God.
I know that is hard to understand this, and looking from the outside does not make much sense, but I could tell you hundreds of internal rules that will not make any sense either.
The same way that the Legionaries had their own “internal rules” which were never approved by the Vatican and now slowly are being reformed, people inside Opus Dei know that they are behind in the line for a special scrutiny from the Vatican.