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Venerable Brother Andrew Borello


Ricardo (baptism name) Borello was born on March 8 1916 at Mango, Italy. He was orphaned in early childhood and his youth was marked by faith, countersigned by adolescent suffering, seldom cultural preparation, a series of family losses, relocation and resettling. With a strong desire to serve the Lord, at the age of 20 years old, he joined the Society of St. Paul. Borello did not feel a call to the priesthood, so he asked to be received as an aspirant of the Disciples of the Divine Master (as the religious brothers of the Society are commonly known). He fully consecrated himself to the apostolate of of editions, assisting Pauline priests in the mission of evangelizing through social communication.

Influenced by a deep love of his vocation and Congregation, Brother Andrew made a life-changing decision. With the consent of his spiritual director, on March of 1948 Brother Andrew offered his life “as a sacrifice to God for the perseverance of consecrated vocations, their faithfulness to the grace of their calling.”

God readily accepted his offering. Few months later, on September 4, 1948, afflicted with tuberculosis, Brother Andrew Borello surrendered his soul to God. To the wonder of the doctor attending him, Brother Andrew died with a smile on his face.

The founder of the Society of St. Paul, Father James Alberione, declared Brother Andrew Maria Borello worthy to be glorified and suggested as an example to all of those who consecrate their lives to the apostolate of social communication, with special attention to the Brothers of the Society of St. Paul.

Prayer for the Beatification

Father, to communicate your love you sent Jesus Christ our Master, Way, Truth and Life. 
Through the intercession of Venerable Andrew Borello, grant that the means of social communication may promote your glory and the good of society.
By the offering of his young life as a Disciple of the Divine Master and after the example of St. Joseph, multiply the number of consecrated persons engaged in evangelization.
Inspire among believers an active collaboration so that the Gospel message may transform the current culture of communication.
Glorifying in the Church your faithful disciple and through his intercession, grant me the grace I now ask. Amen.

Picture and text are courtesy of www.paoline.org.


  • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20