A residence in Montreal where student life means personal growth
Riverview serves the needs of young men in Montreal since 1968. Its programs foster the balanced development of high school, CEGEP and university students by helping them to become competent, generous and responsible men committed to contributing to the common good of society.
Personal excellence, good work and study habits, professional ambition are encouraged in the context of spirit of service, dedication to the family, openness to those in need and love of personal freedom and responsibility.
Riverview is located in downtown Montreal. The main campuses of McGill and Concordia universities are within a few minutes walk, together with quick access to bus routes and the subway. See the Contact Us page for more details.
The parents and educators who make Riverview a reality are inspired by the message of St. Josemaria Escriva. He founded Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church to which the activities of spiritual formation organized by Riverview are entrusted. See the About Us page for more details on his life.
Fr. José León Albéniz, priest of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, passed away suddenly Sunday, January 31, 2016. All in Riverview have a debt of gratitude towards him. Fr. Albéniz was born in Tafalla, Spain. He was the son of the late José Maria, and is mourned by his mother María Josefa, and his siblings Loren, Valero, Carmen and Fernando, along with his nephews and nieces. He is also mourned by the Prelate of Opus Dei, the faithful and priests of the Prelature in Canada, as well as many people who benefited from his priestly ministry.
He received a degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 1977, and then became a teacher at the Colegio Viaró in the same city. In 1979 he moved to the international seminary of Opus Dei in Rome, and completed a doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He worked in Rome for around ten years for the Prelature close to blessed Alvaro del Portillo, the first Prelate of Opus Dei. He was ordained to the diaconate on January 25, 1990, and to the priesthood on June 10 of the same year by Saint John Paul II. In January 1991, he came to Montreal to help the growth of Opus Dei in Canada.
Fr. Albéniz exercised his priestly ministry in Canada for 25 years. He was chaplain of a number of centres of Opus Dei, regular confessor at the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral and the Saint-Ambroise Church. He preached many retreats for men and women at the Manoir de Beaujeu, as well as giving spiritual direction to many people over the years. Since 1992 he held the post of Spiritual Director of the Prelature in Canada. He was also the chaplain of Centre Piedmont.