Biography of Rutilio Grande, S.J.

Rutilio Grande, S.J., a parish priest who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1977, is arguably the first Jesuit to be martyred after the Society of Jesus had proclaimed its commitment to “the service of faith and the promotion of justice” as two inseparable elements of the Jesuit mission. Jesuit Sources, which is housed in the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, has published an authoritative biography of Fr. Grande through its IJS Studies: Research on Jesuits and the Society of Jesus imprint. Written by Rodolfo Cardenal, S.J., The Life, Passion, and Death of the Jesuit Rutilio Grande explores Fr. Grande’s prophetic ministry, a testimony to the Jesuits’ preferential option for the poor, and highlights the parallels between him and Saint Oscar Romero. Fr. Cardenal, a Jesuit historian who knew Fr. Grande, also prepared the documentation for Fr. Grande’s beatification, which was approved by Pope Francis earlier this year.

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