Fr. Pio, 32, is the eldest of five children. He
was born in Norwalk, California. When he was 10, his
parents moved to León, Guanajuato, México, where they still reside
along with three of his brothers.
He received the
sacrament of confirmation in Tijuana, and his first communion in
the parish of the Holy Spirit, San Diego, California.
studied from first through 4th grade in Norwalk, California. When
he moved to León, he had to repeat 4th grade
because he had not yet learned Spanish.
He studied high
school at the University of el Bajío (UBAC). There, he
was the president of the student council and auxiliary member
of the social services department.
“Through the activities of this
department,” Fr. Pio said, “God started to enkindle in my
soul an ardent desire to work for others. The close
presence of the Brothers of La Salle helped me immensely
in my vocational discernment.”
Just when he was about to enter
medical school in León, being already registered, he decided to
enter the novitiate of the Legion of Christ.
last year of high school, I had been on a
path that would lead me to do God’s will and
allow me to say ‘yes’ to his call,” Fr. Pio
said. “Of course, this wasn’t easy, since I was a
young person who thought he had other plans for the
Fr. Pio studied philosophy and theology at the Atheneum
Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He dedicated almost five years to
the spiritual formation of young men in high school in
San Luis Potosí, Mérida, and México City. He also started
some centers for the spiritual formation of children and adolescents
in the south of Italy.
He is currently the spiritual
director for young men in the island of Sicily, and
vicar of St Fernando Rey Parish in the island of
His parents are Pio Centeno Reynoso, a merchant, and
Antonia Márquez de Centeno. They live in Lomas del Sol,