Ana Maria "Eugenia" Castillo Rivas

January 17

Ana Maria Castillo Rivas was born on May 7, 1950 to devout Catholic parents in San Salvador. She received a convent school education and gave her life in service to others. After working among the poor in Guatemala when she was nineteen, Ana Maria studied social psychology and joined the University Socialist Movement. By 1974 she had committed her life to revolutionary struggle in a dictator-dominated nation that was being torn apart by a civil war that claimed over 75,000 lives before 1992.

As "Comandante Eugenia," Ana Maria Castillo Rivas worked within the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) to free her country from death squads. Eugenia married another revolutionary, Javier, in 1977 and gave birth to a daughter, Ana Patricia, in 1979. Her family life took place within the context of hiding, revolution, giving herself wholeheartedly to the dream of a new society in El Salvador.

On January 4, 1981 before Eugenia embarked on a dangerous mission, she gave Javier their thirteen month old daughter. On January 17, Eugenia and three comrades were captured and killed by a death squad.

If Ana Maria Castillo Rivas had taken the Spiritual Types Test, she probably would have been a Prophet. Ana Maria Castillo Rivas is remembered on January 17.

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