Friday, July 25, 2014

All About "Ellacu"

Without a doubt there is a lot of information about Ignacio Ellacuría Beascoechea. For no matter where he was, Ellacuría was well known in the society whether it be at UCA, Quito, Madrid, at the Vatican, Austria, or the United States. In 1982, Ellacuría visited Chicago and was given an honorary doctorate by Loyola University. Professor Tom Sheehan of Loyola thought that by giving Ellacuría such an honor would improve Ellacuría's public image in hopes of reducing the death threats that the Salvadoran Army was making against the Priest. Thus, it was Ellacuría's time at Loyola and the tapes that were discovered hidden in the archives of his visit that sparked this project.

Born in Spain on November 9,1930 and one of five sons, Ignacio Ellacuría  was an incredibly gifted man. As a rather reserved student, his teachers did not believe he would aspire to anything extraordinary (if only they knew...).  On September 14, 1947 he joined the Society of Jesus and begun his novitiate as a Jesuit of Loyola in El Salvador. His education did not end at Santa Tecla, he further learned about classical languages, humanities, and philosophy in Quito, Ecuador (1949-1955) and studied under humanities professor Father Aurelio Espionoza Pólit. Before his excursion to Europe, Ellacuría taught philosophy in the seminary of San José de la Montaña in San Salvador. Then from 1958-1962 he studied under Karl Rahner, a Jesuit theologian at Innsburck, Austria. On July 26, 1961 he was ordained a priest. Ellacuría received his doctoral studies of philosophy at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain while working with the well known philosopher Xavier Zubiri from 1962-1967. While in Madrid, Ellacuría participated in student lead strike at the University of Comillas against the conservatism of the theology classes. The Vatican took notice of the protest and Ellacuría's involvement. Ellacuría returned to El Salvador and began working at Universidad Centroamerican, José Simeón Cañas (UCA) as a professor of philosophy and theology...

This is a snip-it of what the biography that I am composing of Ignacio Ellacuría will look like. As of now, there are a lot of lists of dates so I am working on how to make it more appealing to readers. My mission for the rest of the day will be to complete his biography as well as three others.

Getting closer to the end!

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