José Luis Escobar Alas

Roman Catholic Diocese of San Vicente El Salvador Fernando Sáenz Lacalle

José Luis Escobar Alas
Archbishop of San Salvador
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The archbishop in 2015.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed27 December 2008
Installed14 February 2009
PredecessorFernando Sáenz Lacalle
Other postsPresident of the Salvadoran Episcopal Conference (2009-)
Ordination15 August 1982
by Pedro Arnoldo Aparicio y Quintanilla
Consecration23 March 2002
by José Oscar Barahona Castillo
Personal details
Birth nameJosé Luis Escobar Alas
Born (1959-03-10) 10 March 1959 (age 61)
San Salvador, El Salvador
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Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
F.l.t.r. Hugo Martinez (Chancellor of El Salvador), Salvador Sanchez Ceren, (President of El Salvador); Vincenzo Paglia and José Luis Escobar Alas in 2015.

José Luis Escobar Alas (born 10 March 1959 in Suchitoto), Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, succeeded Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Sáenz Lacalle as the seventh archbishop, a successor of Archbishop Óscar Romero who was assassinated in 1980.

Archbishop Escobar served as Bishop of San Vicente since 2005, prior to his elevation as archbishop on 27 December 2008. He was previously Auxiliary Bishop (also in the diocese of San Vicente) from 2002, having entered the priesthood in 1982. Escobar was born in the town of Suchitoto in the department of Cuzcatlán. He studied for the priesthood at San José de la Montaña Seminary in San Salvador before entering the Seminario Mayor de Morelia in Mexico. He later graduated with a philosophy degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1982.[1]

Thereafter, he was Rector of the San Vicente Diocesan Seminary before teaching at San José de la Montaña Seminary in San Salvador, after which he was appointed to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar) parish in San Vicente. Escobar served as Vicar General of the diocese of San Vicente before being named an Auxiliary Bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 19, 2002. He was consecrated as an Auxiliary Bishop on March 23, 2002 and then was promoted Bishop of San Vicente on July 9, 2005, where he served until becoming Archbishop of San Salvador in 2006.

In late December 2012, the Archbishop Escobar authorised the removal of the tiled ceramic mural façade of the San Salvador Cathedral, El Salvador's principal basilica, without consultation with the national government nor the artist, Fernando Llort. This resulted in the destruction of all the 2,700 tiles of the mural.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Salvadoran Bishops' Conference info (Spanish) Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Heidenry, Rachel. "Archbishop Orders Destruction of Salvadoran Mural". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved 3 February 2013.