Deacon Pío is from Huancayo in the Ancash Province of Peru. He felt his calling to the priesthood at the age of 19-20. He was involved in a Catholic Charismatic Renewal group, and several of the people were telling him he was going to be a priest. Then when he was in confession one day, the priest (whom he did not know) told him he was going to be a priest. He found his way to the community through Brother Domingo. They were from the same city, and Brother Domingo, who had already met Padre Martín, told him he had a friend who was interested in the priesthood. This was in 2004.
Deacon Pío chose his name after reading a biography of St. Padre Pio. St. Pio's gift for confession made a big impression on him. The ministry of confession is very important to him. He has a charism of music, but he also feels like he may be called to be an exorcist at some point.
Deacon Pío completed his seminary studies and was ordained as a Deacon in 2016. He is now awaiting his ordination into the priesthood.