Saint Alberto Hurtado, S.J.


In honor of former pastor
Fr. Pat Earl’s 50th Jesuit Jubilee, a sculpture of St. Alberto was erected in the St. Peter Meditation Garden.

Alberto Hurtado, SJ, was born in Chile in 1901. Throughout his adolescent years he was concerned about the poor in Santiago’s slums and spent Sunday afternoons helping them. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1923 and was ordained in 1933.  In 1944, he established Hogar de Cristo (Home of Christ) to start hospices for homeless people in Santiago. He also wrote articles and books explaining the Church’s social teaching. Father Hurtado was beatified by in 1994 and was canonized a saint in 2005. He is remembered for his charity, his love of the poor and his faithfulness to the Church’s social doctrine. Saint Alberto Hurtado is the patron saint of social justice and is remembered on August 18.

Before reading writings from St. Hurtado, check out all the great photos on his Facebook page.

Here is a sampling of his writings:
Priest of the Lord!