The Legacy of the Martyrs

Many know El Salvador as the land of the martyrs. From Oscar Romero to the six Jesuits and the two women who died with them, the four U.S. Churchwomen to the thousands of Salvadoran peasants and farmers who were killed in countless acts of violence and oppression, thousands of people have given their lives in the struggle for a better El Salvador. Read more about those who died and their legacy.

Read more about El Salvador’s recent martyrs:

"Rutilio Lives!"

Oscar Romero

El Salvador Marks Archbishop Romero’s Murder
Julian Miglierini, BBC News

Romero’s Legacy
by John Dear S.J., National Catholic Reporter

Indigenous People in El Salvador Commemorate 1932 Massacre
by Geovani Montalvo, Upside Down World

The Massacre of El Mozote and El Salvador’s Civil War
by Michael A. Wood

Remembering the Jesuits Martyrs of El Salvador 20 years later
by Dean Brackley S.J.

The Search for the Rio Sumpul Massacre Victims
Central American Politics blog

The Women Won’t Let Us Go (about the four US Churchwomen killed in El Salvador)
by Cheryl Wittenauer, National Catholic Reporter

Rutilio Grande biography

Silvia Maribel Arriola biography (Spanish)

Octavio Ortiz biography