Born in Spain 1930, Ellacuría joined the Jesuits in 1947. He was sent to El Salvador where he became a naturalized citizen.
Ellacuría worked closely with the philosopher Xavier Zubiri and wrote his 1965 dissertation on Zubiri's philosophy. Ellacuría
was president of the University of Central America (Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas), chair of the philosophy
department, and editor of several publications. He was a primary proponent of liberation theology, speaking and writing on
poverty and oppression in El Salvador regularly contributing to newspapers, and radio and television programs. Ellacuría was
murdered 1989 in his home along with five priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter by a right-wing Salvadoran army squad.
Robert Lassalle-Klein is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Holy Names University, Oakland, CA. He
received his BA in English Literature from Santa Clara University; M.A., Philosophy, Gonzaga University; Masters of Divinity
and Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; Masters in Social Work, School of Social Work, California
State University at San Jose; and Ph.D, Graduate Theological Union (1995).His dissertation is "The Jesuit martyrs of the University
of Central America : an American Christian university and the historical reality of the reign of God."