Honoring Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J.

Fr. Jon Sobrino SJ, was honored with the 2018 CRISPAZ Peace Award. This year the Award ceremony will be held in El Salvador, and so among the people, Fr.Sobrino has served since 1958.

The Award ceremony was held at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in San Salvador on Tuesday, December 4 @ 6 – 8 pm, CST.


About the Award

Inspired in the testimony of the Martyrs of El Salvador, the CRISPAZ Peace Award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the preferential option for the poor in their work for the promotion of peace and social justice.

CRISPAZ, the awarding organization, has for more than three decades enabled thousands of individuals, many from North America, to accompany the Salvadoran people in their ongoing struggle for peace rooted injustice and compassion.

Past Award Recipients


  • 2018 Fr. Jon Sobrino S.J. renowned Liberation Theologian and Professor since 1964 at The University of Central American in San Salvador.
  • 2017 Fr. Paul Schindler Long-time missionary with Cleveland Mission Society in El Salvador
  • 2016 Fr. Tom Smolich S.J. International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services
  • 2015 Hospitalito The Carmelite sisters at the Divine Providence Chapel
  • 2014 Asociacion ProBusqueda. Organization that investigates cases of the forced disappearances of children during El Salvador’s civil war.
  • 2013 COFAMIDE The Salvadoran Committee of Relatives of Killed or Disappeared Migrants
  • 2012 CoMadres Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Prisoners, the Disappeared and the Politically Assassinated of El Salvador
  • 2011 The late Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J.theology professor at the UCA, and pastoral minister to the rural community of Jayaque, La Libertad
  • 2010 Sr. Peggy O’Neill director of the Art Center for Peace in Suchitoto
  • 2009 Centro Monseñor Romero at the University of Central America (UCA)

About Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J.

A Jesuit priest and theologian, Jon Sobrino is one of the best-known proponents of liberation theology. He has published extensively on Christ, the church, and spirituality. His writings include: The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross (Orbis, 1994), No Salvation Outside the Poor, and Prophetic-Utopian Essays (Orbis, 2008).

Sobrino was born into a Basque family in Barcelona, Spain in 1938. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1956 and later went to El Salvador to do some of his seminary training. Alongside his priestly formation, he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Jesuit St. Louis University (USA) and a doctorate in Theology in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1969, Fr. Sobrino was ordained a priest returning to El Salvador in 1972 where he has lived, taught and served as Rector at the UCA. From 1977-1980, Fr. Sobrino advised Archbishop Oscar Romero on theological matters.

In November of 1989, Salvadoran soldiers entered the UCA and murdered six of his Jesuit community members along with a cook and her daughter. He escaped assassination only because he was giving lectures in Thailand at the time.

For decades, Fr. Sobrino has been an outspoken proponent of peace and justice. From the period of the civil war, to enduring devastating hurricanes and earthquakes, to addressing current issues such as gang violence, the drug trade, and immigration, Jon Sobrino has been the leading theological voice in El Salvador. “As a theologian, his concern was less to think systematically about the Gospel than to ask how we should respond to it. In that sense, he was as much a spiritual writer as a theologian (Andrew Hamilton 2007)”

For his tireless advocacy, profound theological depth, and life-long commitment to the marginalized people of El Salvador, CRISPAZ is honored to bestow on him its 2018 Peace Award.


CRISPAZ wishes to express our most sincere gratitude to the president of the Central American University – UCA, Fr. Andreu Oliva, S.J. who on behalf of the university did not hesitate to show his support and collaboration in hosting the CRISPAZ Peace Award event honoring Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J.

The University’s support lies in the trust it has in CRISPAZ’s mission which motivates us to redouble our efforts in continuing to build bridges of solidarity between communities from the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries with El Salvador.

We also express our sincere gratitude to the 2019 CRISPAZ Peace Award Sponsors whose contribution made this event possible.

2018 Event Sponsors

  • Loyola University Chicago and the Jesuit Comunity at Loyola University Chicago 
  • CRISPAZ Board of Directors
  • Resurrection Catholic Parish. Canton, MI. and the Medical Clinic in La Mora.
  • Spellman Hall Jesuit Comunity 
  • Richard Dalke – Resurrection Catholic Parish
  • Dr. Tom Kunkel
  • Campus Ministry – Loyola Marymount Univesity
  • Ignatian Solidarity Network
  • The Jesuit Center & Ellacuria Initiative at the University of Scranton.
Our sincere thanks also go out to the following people who helped make this event possible:
  • Cathy Cornell and Paul Knitter
  • Fr. Peter Hinde, O.Carm. and Sr. Betty Campbell, RSM
  • St. Thomas More Parish
  • Fr. Kevin Quinn, S.J.
  • Ann Bollheimer
  • Rose Dennis
  • Paul Dage
  • Don Meiners
  • Kim Redigan
  • Gustavo Benedetti
  • Larry Hufford
  • Kelly Norton
  • James Taylor

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