News Detail
Archbishop Oscar Romero (left) and Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande
Archbishop Romero to be Beatified May 23; Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande’s Beatification Process Opened

March 16, 2015 — The Vatican has announced that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador on May 23. Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia announced the beatification date on the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of a close friend of Archbishop Romero: Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, the first priest executed by Salvadoran death squads on March 12, 1977.

On February 3, Pope Francis formally recognized that Archbishop Romero, who was shot and killed on March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador, was murdered “in hatred of the faith” — and not for purely political reasons. Last month, the Vatican also announced that the beatification process for Fr. Grande had been opened.

“It is impossible to understand Romero without understanding Rutilio Grande,” said Archbishop Paglia, chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause, at a February news conference.

Scholars and theologians agree that Archbishop Romero was strongly influenced by the pastoral work that Fr. Grande carried out in poor rural communities in northern San Salvador.

Archbishop Romero once said: “When I looked at Rutilio lying there dead I thought, ‘If they have killed him for doing what he did, then I, too, have to walk the same path.’”

The Italian newspaper Avvenire reported that the archbishop met Fr. Grande in 1967 at the seminary of San Jose de la Montana, where the Jesuit taught.

According to one colleague, Fr.  Grande believed the only solution to “the evils of Salvador” lay in taking the Gospel to the people. He was convinced that by following Christ and being inspired by love, the Gospel could transform people and institutions more deeply than any political program or policy, the newspaper reported.

At Fr. Grande’s funeral, Archbishop Romero said “the liberation Fr. Grande preached was inspired by faith.”

Salvadorans who knew Fr. Grande are proud that one of their own is being considered for sainthood. “We are all peasants here, and many of us met him and witnessed how Fr.  Grande gave his life for his people … we are very thankful,” said Francisco Orellana, 70. Two others were murdered with Fr. Grande: Manuel Solorzano, 72, and Nelson Rutilio Lemus, 16. [Sources: Catholic News Service,]

Recent News

October 19, 2016 — Today, the Society of Jesus celebrates the eight North American Martyrs, sometimes known as the Feast of St. Isaac Jogues and Companions.

October 17, 2016 — Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Kasungu, Malawi, is celebrating the start of its second school year after a successful inaugural year.

October 15, 2016 — General Congregation 36 delegrates celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù.

October 14, 2016 — Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, of Venezuela was elected the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 today in Rome.

October 12, 2016 — This Friday, the 212 electors meeting in Rome for the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 will choose their new leader, who will serve as superior general of the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church.

October 12, 2016 — Over 1,000 people have died in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew slammed the country on October 4.

October 10, 2016 — The murmuratio is a centuries-old practice.

view all news

Search news

Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 10/31/16

America 10/24/16

America 10/17/16

Ignatian Spirituality Center
The Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City offers programs in Ignatian prayer and retreats and trains lay people as spiritual directors and retreat guides.