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Dionisio Amundarain Sarasola

Itsasondo (Gipuzkoa),1930.

He first studied with the Benedictine monks in Lazkao (Gipuzkoa). Afterwards he spent two years studying Philosophy and three Theology. He spent the fourth year in Paris with the Dominican monks in Le Saulchoir. He obtained an ecclesiastical degree in Philosophy with the Dominican monks in Angelicum in Rome. Back in Donostia (San Sebastian) he was awarded degrees in Philosophy and Education at the University of the Basque Country. He spent 40 days in Israel studying language teaching. He completed all his studies, except for those at the University of the Basque Country, in languages that are not Basque (Spanish, French of Latin). He studied Basque on his own initiative.

He has been a priest since 1953 and a Benedictine monk since 1948. (He was required to leave the monastery in 1986: he lives outside the monastery but continues to be a priest and a Benedictine father).

Between 1974 and 1988 he was the Principal of the Goierriko Euskal Eskola (Goierri Basque School), which specialises in teaching Basque to adults. After that and until 1990 he was the Principal of the Maizpide Euskaltegia (adult Basque language school). During the five years that followed he worked for the Basque language service of the HAEE (IVAP, the Basque Public Administration Institute) in Gasteiz (Vitoria). He retired in 1995.

For a number of years he has been a member of the Basque Language Advisory Committee.

He has contributed widely to many publications: between 1972 and 1977 he wrote on topics related to religion for the Zeruko Argia magazine nearly every week under the pseudonym of Amunsa. He also wrote articles for the same magazine under the pseudonym of Metal-Iturri. He translated numerous articles into Basque for the magazine Jaunaren Deia (in the 1960s and 1970s).

From 1967 onwards he translated a large portion of the Breviario at the monastery in Lazkao for internal use. It has not been published.



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