Regional Director of Latin America
Human Life International
Is the regional director of Latin America at Human Life International. He currently
resides in Bolivia. After graduating as an engineer from Manhattan College in New York,
and then working for many years as an executive in the aerospace and petroleum
industries, and in international trade and development, his life suddenly changed in
1998 when he re-encountered his Catholic faith.
In 2000, with the help of the Apostolate of the New Evangelization (ANE) in
Cochabamba, he co-founded the pro-life organization ANE Provida Bolivia for the
defense of life and family values. As Executive Director of ANE Provida, he developed a
working relationship with HLI’s Magaly Llaguno, and in 2002 Mario’s organization was
officially welcomed as an affiliate of HLI. With ANE Provida, Mario helped organize
international and national pro-life and pro-family events in Cochabamba; he also began
traveling to and speaking at international pro-life conferences.
In 2007, Mario came to Washington, DC to work with pro-life leader Marie Smith for the
purpose of extending the outreach of the organization, Parliamentary Network of
Critical Issues (PNCI), in Latin America. As Latin American Manager of PNCI, Mario
facilitated the opening and consolidation of parliamentary fronts in many countries.
Mario was an excellent candidate to oversee HLI’s increasing outreach in Latin America,
and since September 2009 he has visited over 33 countries of the region and travelled
more than 223,000 miles by air. He has spoken to more than 4,700 seminarians of 93
seminaries, over 800 priests, 135 bishops, 6 cardinals, over 800 nuns, 19,000 students of
high school and universities, and over 18,000 persons from pastoral groups and
members of evangelical churches. Mario had done hundreds of interviews via radio, TV,
and newspapers. He focuses on strengthening and assisting HLI affiliates, participating in
fundraising efforts, providing EWTN radio and TV interviews, and speaking at pro-life
events. In coordination with REDESSVIDA, HLI’s new Latin American Priests and
Seminarians for Life Network, he is working to bring the message of life to this
predominantly Catholic region, so much besieged by the death promoters.