José Serapio Palacio

Jose Palacios was born in San Juan, Argentina on 25 October 1923. In 1944 he emigrated to Cordoba with his family as a result of an earthquake in the province of Cuyo. He worked with his father and brothers, but later moved to Buenos Aires for work. 

He was one of the first pioneers of the JOC in Córdoba.

Later he was a national leader and in 1975 he was elected as the first lay collaborator of the International YCW.

The father of three children, he was also a member of the Latin American Secretariat of the World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW).

He "disappeared" on 11 December the same year, was tortured and killed on 13 December 1975.

Meeting Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at a World Assembly of Youth conference in New Delhi 1958.

Wedding photo

Appeal for solidarity from IYCW president Jose Luis Velez following the disappearance of Pepe Palacio in December 1975.

Read the excellent testimony on the life of Jose Serapio Palacio gathered by historian Jessica Blanco: