Father Mario BORRELLI (1922-2007)

Mario Borrelli
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Father Mario Borrelli, Roman Catholic priest, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the Italian city of Naples – the show’s first overseas ‘pick-up’.


Mario was consecrated a priest in 1946, and almost immediately made it his vocation to help the poor and discriminated. In Naples he founded the “Gioventù Operaia” (Young Labourers) and became the factory chaplain of various companies.


In the 1950s he established an international network for social support called The House of the Urchins - Casa dello Scugnizzo - aimed at the recovery from the streets and professional training of the street urchins of Naples – abandoned children who survived precariously in the post World War II era.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 165
  • Subject No: 166
  • Broadcast live: Mon 9 Oct 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.05pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 7
  • Edition: 2

on the guest list...

  • Father Salvatore Olivero
  • Luigi Abate
  • Brigadier Paglieri
  • Renato Beuf
  • Margaret Clarke
  • Margaret Dixon
  • Andrew Dixon
  • Giovanni de Motino
  • Albarto
  • Demachio
  • Lucia Borrelli - mother
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Father Noblione
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Antonio Capasso
  • Father Spada
  • Mrs J De Pitch

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production team...

  • Researcher: Nickola Sterne
  • Writer: Nickola Sterne
  • Director: Yvonne Littlewood
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 7 subjects: Max Bygraves > Mario Borrelli > Alastair Pearson > Brian Rix > Derek Dooley > Elizabeth Twistington Higgins > Sandy MacPherson > Ronald Menday > Harry Day > Peter Finch > Charlie Drake > Timothy Cain > Isabella Woodford > David Park > Sefton Delmer > Coco the Clown > Jenny Gleed > Arthur E Davies > Tom Evans > David Pelham James > Kenneth Horne > Marie Rambert > David Butler > Glen Moody > Kenneth Cooke > Tom Breaks > Dora Bryan > Bob Oatway > Acker Bilk > Hester Meakin > Joe Filliston > Ellaline Terriss