Jose Maria Velaz
Chilean Roman Catholic priests
Chilean people Forum
Jose Maria Velaz was a Jesuit priest from Chile who founded Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) in 1949. Fe y Alegria is a movement for popular integrated education, with a special mission to provide quality education for the poor. Following a proud tradition of Jesuit education, Velaz believed that the best way to change society was through education. Velaz died in 1985, having seen his organisation grow into one of the most important educational movements in the world.
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