de la Torre, Cardinal. Carlos María b. November 15, 1873 d. July 31, 1968 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of La Loma in the Ecuadorian capital, Carlos María Javier de la Torre received his first education at the Colegio El Cebollar of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, having Brother Miguel Febres Cordero, future saint, among his teachers. Moving to the Colegio San Gabriel of the Jesuit Fathers for his secondary education, he entered the Conciliar Seminary, from where he was later sent to further his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) La Catedral de Quito, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Duran-Ballen Cordovez, Sixto Alfonso b. July 14, 1921 d. November 15, 2016 Ecuadoran Statesman. He served as the 37th President of Ecuador from August 10, 1992 to August 10, 1996. He studied at San Jose La Salle College in Guayaquil. At first, he pursued a career in architecture and went to study abroad at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Columbia University. In 1951 he entered the political field by being one of the founders of the Social Christian Party. He served in the cabinet of President...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Church of Saint Teresa, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Echeverría Ruiz, Cardinal. Bernardino b. November 12, 1912 d. April 6, 2000 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Cotacachi, Carlos Guillermo Honorato Echeverría Ruiz entered the Franciscan Order in 1928, receiving the name Bernardino. Ordained priest in July 1937, he was sent to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical Antonian Athenaeum, earning a doctorate in philosophy in 1941. Back in Ecuador, he lectured in various Franciscan houses of study, while he was soon serving the offices of prefect of studies, provincial commissary of the Franciscan tertiaries...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Iglesia de San Francisco, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Plot: Church Crypt.
Elliot, Jim (Philip James) b. October 8, 1927 d. January 8, 1956 Christian Missionary to Ecuador, where he was killed by Huaorani Indians. Subject of the theatrical film, "End of the Spear" (2006). Elliot was born in Portland, Oregon, to Fred and Clara Elliot, and became a Christian at a young age. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1949, with a degree in Greek. He arrived in Ecuador on February 21, 1952, with the purpose of evangelizing Ecuador's Quechua Indians. On October 8, 1953, he married fellow Wheaton alumna and missionary Elisabeth Howard in Quito...[Read More] (Bio by: JLaPierre) Curaray River Burial Site, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Febres Cordero, Saint. Miguel b. November 7, 1854 d. February 9, 1910 Roman Catholic Saint. Born into a family prominent in the politics of his country, Francisco Luis Febres-Cordero y Muñoz was crippled from birth. Unable to stand until the age of five, he oversaw family opposition when coming to realize his vocation as a lay religious, which once resolved, made him the first native of Ecuador to be received into the Institute of the Brothers of De La Salle. Entering novitiate on March 24, 1868, receiving the religious name of Miguel, he was a gifted teacher...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santuario Hermano Miguel, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
González Zumárraga, Cardinal. Antonio José b. March 18, 1925 d. October 13, 2008 Roman Catholic Cardinal. One of eight brothers, Antonio José González Zumárraga was born in Pujilí and received his education at the Minor Seminary of San Luis in Quito, the Major Seminary of San José in the same city, and later at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical University of Salamanca in Spain, from where he earned a doctorate in canon law. Ordained priest in Quito on June 29, 1951, he was successively appointed coadjutor of the pastor of San Sebastián, and in 1953, of the pastor of El Belén...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) La Catedral de Quito, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Plot: Archbishopric Crypt.
Guayasamín, Oswaldo b. July 6, 1919 d. March 10, 1999 Painter. He was born in Quito, Ecuador. In 1942, he made his first exhibition in his hometown. He is best remembered for his murals in cities such as Quito, Madrid, Paris and Sao Paulo, influenced by the painters Orozco and Picasso. His paintings were exhibited all around the world. Among others "La Época de la Cólera," "Huacayñán," "Las Manos de la Ira," "La Ternura" and "La Capilla del Hombre." He was cremated and his ashes, within an urn, were located under a pine (named el Árbol de la Vida...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Capilla del Hombre, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Plot: Árbol de la Vida.
Muñoz Vega, Cardinal. Pablo b. May 23, 1903 d. June 3, 1994 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Mira born Pablo Muñoz Vega joined the Society of Jesus on September 27, 1918, undergoing studies at the Jesuit houses of studies of Quito, the Colegio Máximo de Oña in Burgos, Spain, and later at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Ordained priest in the latter city on July 25, 1933, he served as faculty member of the named Pontifical Gregorian University from 1937 and 1949 and again between 1958 and 1964. Jesuit provincial of Ecuador from 1949 till 1955, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) La Catedral de Quito, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Plot: Archbishopric Crypt.
Silva, Medardo Ángel b. June 8, 1898 d. June 10, 1919 Poet. He is considered the leading representative of the Modernism Movement in Ecuador. He was nicknamed "El Niño Poeta" (The Child Poet). At young age, he was thrown from the school because he took the long hair and he never returned. Among his works "El Árbol del Bien y del Mal," "Aniversario," "María Jesús" and "Trompetas de Oro." Unexpectedly, he commited suicide by gunshot. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementerio General de Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador
Velasco Ibarra, José María b. March 19, 1893 d. March 30, 1979 Ecuador President. He served five times as President of Ecuador, from September 1, 1934 to May 20, 1935; from May 28, 1944 to March 30, 1946; from September 1, 1952 to August 31, 1956; from September 1, 1960 to November 7, 1961, and from September 1, 1968 to 22 June 1972. After being ousted several times, was exiled in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the most important figure in Ecuadorian politics for over half a century. In 1977 was offered him for its sixth presidential nomination, but didn'...[Read More] (Bio by: Rolo) Cementerio San Diego, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Plot: