Alberto Hurtado

Alberto Hurtado (American Spanish: [alˈβeɾto uɾˈtaðo]; born Luis Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga on January 22, 1901 in Viña del Mar, Chile – August 18, 1952 in Santiago, Chile), popularly known in Chile as Padre Hurtado (Spanish for "Father Hurtado"), was a Chilean Jesuit priest, lawyer, social worker, and writer, of Basque ancestry. He founded the Hogar de Cristo foundation in 1944. He was canonized on October 23, 2005, by Pope Benedict XVI, becoming his country's second saint.


Alberto Hurtado

San Alberto Hurtado
Born(1901-01-22)January 22, 1901
Viña del Mar, Chile
DiedAugust 18, 1952(1952-08-18) (aged 51)
Santiago, Chile
Venerated inCatholic Church
BeatifiedOctober 16, 1994, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II
CanonizedOctober 23, 2005, Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI
FeastAugust 18
AttributesJesuit robes, an old green van
PatronageChile, poor people, street children, social workers, and is also known as a class patron in Xavier School