Alberto Hurtado : a biographical study of his Jesuit training, 1923-1936
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The aim of this doctoral dissertation is to examine the Jesuit training received by the priest Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga between 1923, when he joined the religious order, and February 1936, when he returned to Chile. Although he is the most significant representative the country has given to the Society of Jesus, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, no historiographical studies have focused on this area, despite its evident importance. As we shall discuss in this dissertation, it is possible to see that the actions of this man, who is one of the most significant figures in the history of Chile, owing to the role he played during his years of public ministry, until his death in 1952, were largely determined by the context in which he lived, as well as by that imprint derived from St. Ignatius that he acquired over thirteen long years of work and study.