Before assuming his position as Executive Director of SIMN in New York, Father Márcio Toniazzo’s journey encompassed a wide range of experiences in service and ministry. Father Toniazzo’s path led him through various responsibilities, including being Director of the Scalabrini Foundation, where he played a pivotal role in guiding the organization. His dedication also shone through when he served as Director of Immigration Services within the Archbishopric of Santiago, Chile. During this time, he performed a crucial part in addressing the challenges faced by migrants in the region.
Father Toniazzo’s commitment extended beyond borders as he took on the function of a circus chaplain, bringing spiritual guidance and solace to those under the big top. His compassionate nature was further evident as he managed shelters for migrants, providing them with a haven during their arduous journeys. As a Parish Priest of the Latin American community, Father Toniazzo nurtured the spiritual well-being of his congregants, fostering a sense of unity and belonging. His calling as an administrator saw him working closely with the American and Brazilian communities in São Tarcísio Parish, Massachusetts, facilitating their integration and support.
In 2019, a new chapter unfolded in Father Toniazzo’s mission as he assumed the role of Parochial Vicar at São Vicente Parish in Margate, FL., where he extended his caring ministry to Brazilian, American, and Hispanic Communities, including the two communities of Nossa Senhora Aparecida Catholic Mission: Kendall and Miami Beach. Father Toniazzo’s journey as a Scalabrinian Priest commenced with assignments in Rosario, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, where he continued to touch lives and provide spiritual guidance.
Throughout his illustrious career, Father Toniazzo dedicated a significant portion of his life to serving as the Chaplain for Stella Maris in Montevideo, Uruguay. In this noble role, he undertook the spiritual care and guidance of countless persons, both within the Stella Maris community and beyond. His unwavering commitment to his pastoral duties allowed him to touch the lives of many, providing comfort, solace, and a sense of purpose to those in need.
His academic pursuits led him to study Philosophy in Passo Fundo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and Theology in Buenos Aires, Argentina, shaping the depth of his knowledge and spiritual insight. He also holds a master’s degree in Ethics and Human Development from Alberto Hurtado University.