Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901–1952) was a Jesuit Priest who gave himself to the poor and marginalised people of Chile. His life-long dedication to social justice and community work was firmly rooted in his love of Jesus Christ.

Hurtado was an ordained Jesuit priest, a qualified lawyer and an energetic social worker, enabling him to defend and promote the rights of the poor in church, in court and in every public sphere. His work still goes on in the organisations he founded – including the Trade Union Association of Chile and Hogar de Cristo, Chile’s largest social welfare charity.

He was a prolific writer and intellectual who published three volumes on the labour movement. In 1951, he founded the periodical Mensaje, meaning ‘Message’, which is still being published today. He died of cancer in Santiago in 1952. He was 51 years old. He is still considered a Chilean national hero. Read more about his story…

The Hurtado Jesuit Centre was opened on 16 April 2011 by Fr Adolfo Nicholás SJ, the Superior General of the Jesuits. The Centre is a place where Hurtado’s spiritual and practical response to inequality and injustice goes on.