The Life and Beatification of Rev. Rutilio Grande, S.J.

January 21, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Rev. Rutilio Grande, S.J., of El Salvador was a confidant of Archbishop Oscar Romero, an advocate for the poor and marginalized, and a martyr. Fr. Grande organized campesinos in El Salvador and was assassinated by paramilitaries in 1977. His murder, along with the killings of two lay co-workers, played a major role in activating the archbishop of San Salvador, his friend Oscar Romero. Archbishop Romero was also martyred in 1980 and canonized in 2018.

This panel discussed the life and work of Fr. Rutilio Grande, why they mattered then, and why his beatification matters now. A conversation between Congressman Juan Vargas (D-California), Congressman James McGovern (D-Massachusetts), executive director of CARECEN Abel Nuñez, poet and Georgetown professor Carolyn Forché, and Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, was moderated by Rev. David Collins, S.J., Haub Director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown University.

This program was hosted by the Catholic Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; the Center for Latin American Studies; Georgetown Americas Institute; and the Office of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University.

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