Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
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Sobrino, Jon

  • Sturla J. StålsettEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_198

Life and Work

Jon Sobrino SJ, of Basque origin, was born in Barcelona in 1938. He moved to El Salvador for the first time at the age of 19, the year after he entered the Jesuit order in Orduña (Viscaya). He was ordained in 1969 and has been professor of theology at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeon Cañas (UCA) in San Salvador since 1974. He did his doctorate on the christologies of Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg at the S. Georgen Hochschule in Frankfurt (Sobrino 1975).

Jon Sobrino SJ is author of numerous books and articles and has served for several decades as Director at Centro Pastoral Monseñor Romero. He also holds degrees in Philosophy and Civil Engineering from St. Louis University (Missouri, USA). He became one of the theological advisers to Archbishop Romero (1977–1980), who was murdered while celebrating Mass on 24 March 1980 (Sobrino 1989). As he was abroad on a mission, Sobrino escaped by chance the massacre of his Jesuit community on 15 December 1989...


Liberation theology Jesuits Christology El Salvador Romero Martyrdom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MF - Norwegian School of TheologyOsloNorway