BY ISN STAFF | January 21, 2021
On March 12, 1977, Fr. Rutilio Grande, S.J., and two lay people—Manuel Solórzano and Nelson Rutilio Lemus—were martyred in El Salvador, killed for their faith and commitment to the oppressed. On Saturday, January 22, 2022, the three will be beatified in San Salvador, bringing them a step closer to sainthood. The ceremony will be livestreamed here.
Francisco Mena, executive director of CRISPAZ in El Salvador, shares reflections on Fr. Grande’s life, his impact on the life of St. Oscar Romero, and his legacy in this video.
A Prayer for Blessed Rutilio Grande
by Sr. Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.
God of Justice, with the people of El Salvador, we remember Bl. Rutilio Grande’s compassion and love for the poor and disenfranchised.
May we learn from his example to be shoulders of comfort and rest for those walking through storms of persecution and injustice.
May we learn from his example to be prophetic and pastoral witnesses where we are led by the voices of the poor and the everyday leaders in our communities.
May we learn from his example to be credible signs of hope in a world divided by conflict and the carnage of violence, and may we learn from Bl. Grande and other martyrs that the sins of El Salvador’s violent past can serve as a vehicle of change for the common good, shape our actions as servant leaders, and build a culture of love, respect, and nonviolence.