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About Deacon Pedro


Originally from Panama, Deacon Pedro is a producer for Salt + Light Media in Canada. He left Panama to attend Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island and came to S+L after being the artistic director for World Youth Day 2002, which meant he was responsible for all the artistic programming. He has a background in the performing arts: theatre, music and dance, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arst from York University and has been working with young people since he was a teenager himself. For 9 years he was a youth worker and job coach at Covenant House-Toronto, where he developed a passion for serving the most vulnerable and the voiceless (something which has translated easily into his passion for pro-life issues). He also was a youth leader with the Children’s International Summer Villages for almost 10 years and a Confirmation retreat facilitator for many groups.

Deacon Pedro was a music minister for over 25 years. He directed the Children’s Choir at Our Lady of Lourdes in Toronto for many years, his last stint before Ordination being the 7pm Youth Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Newmarket, ON. Deacon Pedro is also a dynamic speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator for adults and for children and youth, having been to many schools for various talks. His most popular topics have to do with love, sex, relationships and marriage (as he loves JPII’s Theology of the Body). Other topics include vocations, Sacraments, Scripture, caring for creaton, Liturgy, music, mission, life issues and the culture and media.

For Salt + Light Media, Deacon Pedro has produced and directed many documentaries and TV programs. He was the supervising producer for In Her Footsteps: The Story of Kateri Tekakwitha (2012) and the writer/producer/director for Living Stones: Walking Humbly in this Land We Call Holy (2014), With Our Own Hands (2013) the Make the Call series (2013), Abraham’s Tent (2012), Ends of the Earth (2009), A Day in a Life: The Carmel of St. Joseph (2009), A People of Life (2008),Turning the Tide: Dignity, Compassion and Euthanasia (2007); Lives in the Balance (2006); INRI (2006) and Thank You, John Paul II (2005).

He is also the creator, producer, writer and director of the popular youth series In Your Faith (2004, 2010); he has produced and hosted many Catholic Focus episodes, and the concert series Openings. He is also the producer and host of Perspectives: The Weekly Edition, which airs every Friday and Sunday at 7pm ET and every three years produces and hosts S+L’s World Youth Day coverage program WYDCentral.

You may also know him as the host (and producer) of The Salt + Light Hour, a popular radio program that airs across North America on the Catholic Channel, 129 on Sirius XM Radio, as well as on many radio stations in the United States and on the Internet.

Deacon Pedro’s latest project was the new S+L TV documentary series, Creation, completed in December 2015 that looks at the Church’s teaching on the ecology.

On May 26, 2012 Pedro was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto and is assigned to Holy Martyr’s of Japan Parish in Bradford, ON where he preaches about once a month; come check it out! If you like his writings, you may want to read his “Deacon-structing” columns on the Salt + Light Blog.

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