Father Ignacio Ellacurí was born in Bilbao Spain in 1930. He joined the Jesuits at the age of 17 and studied, lived, and worked in El Salvador for 42 years. Ellacuría is known for his contribution to “Liberation Philosophy” which highlights the importance of liberating individuals who are oppressed in order for humanity to reach its full potential.

He believed that the reason for armed conflict in El Salvador was due primarily to the structure of injustice and it was the injustice that needed to be dealt with in order to end the war. He was assassinated along with seven others on November 16, 1989 for his opposition to the military dictatorship in El Salvador.