All Saints Week - Alberto Hurtado

Today as part of our celebration of All Saints, we feature another new-to-me Saint, Saint Alberto Hurtado.

Saint Alberto Hurtado (1901-1952) was Chilean Jesuit and social activist. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

Having experienced poverty as a young boy himself, St. Alberto was founder of a unique program for the working poor. From the Vatican Website:

In October 1944, while giving a retreat, he felt impelled to appeal to his audience to consider the many poor people of the city, especially the numerous homeless children who were roaming the streets of Santiago. This request evoked a ready and generous response. This was the beginning of the initiative for which Father Hurtado is especially well-known: a form of charitable activity which provided not only housing but a home-like milieu for the homeless: “El Hogar de Cristo”.

More about St. Alberto Hurtado on the Vatican website and from the Jesuits

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