Universidad Francisco Marroquín bears the name of a Spanish humanitarian, Catholic theologian & scholar. Although first ordained as a bishop while living in Mexico, he moved to Guatemala where he promoted the causes of liberty & justice for Native Americans.
As part of his efforts to educate the native people, Francisco Marroquín founded the School of Saint Thomas in 1559, later becoming the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. As a scholar of the K’iche’ language, he published the first catechism in that Indian language.
The acts of Francisco Marroquín in support of liberty, justice & peaceful coexistence among people with contrasting values & cultures are an inspiration for all Americans in all of the Americas.