Rutilio Grande: A Table for All

Rutilio Grande, A Table for All

By Rhina Guidos. Explores the life and ministry of the Salvadoran priest whose killing changed the church in El Salvador and the life of his close friend, the country’s most prominent church member, Archbishop Oscar Romero. Born in a rural and poor hamlet surrounded by sugarcane fields in El Salvador, Grande went on to study in Europe and Latin America as a member of the Society of Jesus. Though he found himself in the comfort of academia, he gave it up to return to the periphery of the rural world and its people. Inspired by teachings of the Second Vatican Council and a major bishops’ meeting in Medellin, Colombia, he and a team set out to teach the poor to read, to stand up for their rights, and to call out injustices perpetrated by the government. Grande’s assassination in 1977 marked the first killing of a Catholic Church member during El Salvador’s civil conflict, but made him one in a long line of martyrs in El Salvador. Read more.