Blessed Rutilio Grande García

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The youngest of seven children born to a poor family, his parents divorced when Rutilio was small, and he was raised by his grandmother and an older brother. He began attending a high school seminary in San Salvador at age 12, and joined the Jesuits when he was 17. Ordained a priest on 30 July 1959.

Father Rutilio came into his own as a priest in the 1960’s; what he took from the work of Vatican II was that his own spiritual development would come from his self-sacrifice for the good of others. He became director of social action projects in San Salvador, and for nine years taught seminarians to live and work with the poor so that they were part of the flock, and to be an example of the church among them.

After work at the seminary, he became a parish priest and school teacher in Aguilares, El Salvador where he was murdered by El Salvadoran security forces while on his way to celebrate Saturday night Mass; he was the first priest martyred in the lead up to the civil war. A friend of Saint Oscar Romero, Saint Oscar later said the death of Blessed Rutilio was his own wake-up call to the cause of the Salvadoran people.





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  • “Blessed Rutilio Grande García“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 October 2021. Web. 7 December 2021. <>