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The inspiration for the Crossroads logo (created by Studio Grafico Norfini, Florence, Italy) is "Broadway Boogie Woogie" by Piet Mondrian, 1942-43, oil on canvas, MoMA New York

Crossroads theme: human affairs

Man has been given to understand

that he lives only by grace of those in power.

Let him therefore busy himself sipping coffee, catching butterflies.

Who cares for the Republic will have his right hand cut off.

— Czelaw Milosz Crossroads theme: meetings at the crossroads

When I see the heavens,

the work of Your hands,

the moon and the stars which You arranged,

what is man that You should keep him in mind,

mortal man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him little less that a god,

with glory and honour You crowned him,

gave him power over the works of Your hand,

put all things under his feet.

—Psalm 8 Crossroads theme: Memory and identity

Wherefore those many lights

That boundless atmosphere,

And infinite calm sky?

And what the meaning of this vast solitude?

And what am I?

—Giacomo Leopardi Crossroads theme: Beauty will save the world

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the fundamental emotion which stands

At the cradle of true art and true science.

—Albert Einstein


Mario ParedesMr. Paredes serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). He is also the President of the North American Chilean Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation. He is on the Board of the National Pastoral Life Center (NPLC) and he currently works for the American Bible Society as Presidential Liaison on:  United Nations Initiatives, Roman Catholic Projects as well as Hispanic Ministries.

Formerly from 2001 to 2008, Mr. Paredes was appointed to the Corporate Division of Merrill Lynch having served initially as   Vice President and then National Director of the U.S. Hispanic Market for the Multicultural & Diversified Business Development Group.  His responsibilities included hiring, training and retraining Hispanic American Financial Advisors as well as building relationships in the Hispanic American communities.

Prior to working for Merrill, for 25 years Mr. Paredes directed the operations of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Northeastern USA were he was the founder and Director of the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center.  Under Mayor Ed Koch, he was Commissioner for the Charter Revision of New York City and, a Personal Advisor to Cardinal John O’Connor of New York.  

In both national and international roles he acted as a Consultant to the US Hispanic Secretariat and the World Justice and Peace Committee at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. He additionally served as a Consultant to the Vatican Commission of Latin America. Under President Reagan, as a White House appointee and special Latin American envoy he acted in the capacity of observer of the democratic process and elections in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Surinam and Haiti.

Mr. Paredes studied at the Catholic University of Chile and graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina with an M.A. in Philosophy.  His Post Graduate studies were at Georgetown University, New York University and Loyola University.

He has served as Editorial Board Member of El Diario-La Prensa, Catholic New York, The Tablet, El Pregonero. He has also served as a trustee on boards including the Salvation Army, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, the Instituto Cervantes and the Ibero American Orchestra.  He is the Founder of the national weekly El Visitante Dominical in USA and El Visitante de Puerto Rico.  Awards received include a Papal Knighthood, a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universidad Mar del Plata in Argentina, and from the National Catholic Press Association.