Luis María Goicoechea Buruchaga. Murgia (Álava), Basque Country, Spain, 1947. He studied at the Diocesan Seminary and the Faculty of Theology in Vitoria, Álava, and was ordained as a priest in 1972.
Immediately after, he went as a missionary to Machala, Ecuador until 1977, quickly getting involved in the student movements of MIEC-JECI.
In 1978, he started working as an Advisor for the Latin American Secretariat (Lima, Peru) of these movements, where he stayed until 1989. During this time, he collaborated with various teams of young students from different countries in the region. The rich experience of those years, including tensions and conflicts, has left a profound mark on his life.
Upon returning to his diocese, he served in several parishes. He was the Rector of the Diocesan Seminary of Vitoria (2003-2016) and President of the Executive Commission of EGIBIDE (Secondary Education and Vocational Training) of the Diocese of Vitoria and the Society of Jesus (2015-2017).
Since 1992, he has been part of successive international teams of MIIC-ICMICA as a European or global advisor.