Latin America - “A great man, a great Jesuit, a great teacher”

The words that came out of my mouth, when I heard that Jorge had gone to the Father’s house, were: “a great man, a great Jesuit, a great teacher”, says Fr. Roberto Jaramillo, President of CPAL. And with that came the feeling of immense gratitude for the gift God gave us by giving us Jorge as a companion and a friend.

Jorge, born in Havana in 1941, studied at Colegio Belén until the year of the revolution (1959) when he entered the novitiate. He did his second year of novitiate and juniorate in Los Teques, Venezuela (1960-63); studied philosophy in Alcalá de Henares and taught between Miami and Santo Domingo. He then studied theology in Toronto, and was ordained a priest in 1970 in Puerto Rico. He received a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and a Diploma in Pastoral Care for Development from the Lumen Vitae Institute in Brussels.

From 1973 to 2003 he lived in an inserted community working in the parishes of the Guachupita and Guandules neighborhoods in Santo Domingo. He was a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, the Seminario Santo Tomás de Aquino and the Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó. He directed the NGO Ciudad Alternativa (1988-1992) and the Centro de Estudios Sociales P. Juan Montalvo, S.J. (1993-2003.) He was the Director of the magazine Estudios Sociales and then coordinator of the Social Sector in the Northern Latin America Assistancy. Read more…