Rutilio Grande Lives On through Community
Father Rutilio Grande spent his life speaking on behalf of the rural poor and marginalized farmers of El Salvador as they demanded rights from their oppressive government. He organized peasants to demand respect, while questioning the over-reaching hands of those in power. The priest of the El Paisnal municipality was on his way to give mass when he was assassinated along with two others in 1977. Every year, communities across El Salvador commemorate his martyrdom to bring forth his commitment to the people and voice for justice that women and men, young and old, continue to follow. Last Saturday, the community of Rutilio Grande celebrated with a march through the streets, accompanied by the batucada youth drummers, a soccer tournament, games for the kids, traditional dancing, and a horse race.
SHARE scholarship students and women’s groups in the UCRES region organized another event on March 12th for the communities in Aguilares to commemorate Father Rutilio Grande. SHARE Grassroots partners: Northwest School, St. John Francis Regis, Good Shepherd Church (KS), SEAS, Milwaukee Synod, and EMU helped make the celebration possible, igniting passion in the young adults who will soon be leaders and in the women who are already leading, all fighting for justice and equality.
These photos document the community of Rutilio Grande celebrationg the town’s foundation. Rutilio Grande presente!