Anthony Borrelli

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Borrelli Reverend Monsignor Anthony Borrelli, age 83, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Villas at St. Therese Assisted Living. The son of Nicola and Maria Carmela Borrelli, he was born November 24, 1930 in S. Angelo del Pesco (Campobasso) Italy. Monsignor Borrelli began his priestly formation and studies in Italy and, following World War II, immigrated to the United States and continued his studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, earning his Philosophy degree as a seminarian for the Diocese of Columbus in 1949, and his Theology degree from the Josephinum in 1953. Because Msgr. Borrelli had not yet reached the age of 26 - the age one can be ordained a priest without a dispensation - Msgr. Borrelli began Canon Law studies at the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) in the Fall of 1953. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at Saint Joseph Cathedral (Columbus) on March 27, 1954 by the Most Reverend Michael J. Ready, Bishop of Columbus; later that spring he received his Bachelor's degree in Canon Law. He was assigned, briefly, Associate Pastor of Saint Mary Magdalene Parish (Columbus) in June, 1954, and on September 2, 1954 he was assigned Associate Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish (Columbus). On October 12, 1955 Msgr. Borrelli was given the added duties of Advocate in the Diocesan Tribunal. In September 1956 Msgr. Borrelli began additional Canon Law Studies at the Catholic University of America, and received his Licentiate in Canon Law in 1957. Later that year Msgr. Borrelli was named pro tem Notary of the Diocesan Tribunal, and assigned Associate Pastor of Christ the King parish (Columbus). He was later named Associate Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in 1961. In 1964 Msgr. Borrelli was delegated as Judge Instructor for marriage cases in the Diocesan Tribunal. Continuing his duties in the Tribunal, Msgr. Borrelli was appointed Associate Pastor at Holy Family Church (Columbus) in 1966, and in 1968 was named Chaplain at the former Saint Anthony Hospital. In 1969 he was named Judicial Vicar for the Tribunal. He continued his hospital chaplain role until 1978 when he was named Pastor of Saint Catharine of Siena Parish (Columbus). While Pastor at Saint Catharine's, Msgr. Borrelli was appointed Adjutant Judicial Vicar of the Diocesan Tribunal in 1979. He was named Co-Pastor/Administrator of Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish (Columbus) in 1988, and Pastor there in 1991. Msgr. Borrelli also served as Diocesan Coordinator of Health Affairs for 25 years. In recognition of his service to the Church, Msgr. Borrelli was named Prelate of Honor by His Holiness John Paul II in 1992. In 2001 Msgr. Borrelli retired as Pastor of Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish. During his retirement years he served as Administrator pro tem of St. Margaret of Cortona Parish in 2002, and Administrator pro tem of Saint Christopher Church in 2004. He continued to serve faithfully in the Diocesan Tribunal until 2010, culminating 57 years of service to the Tribunal, and during the 13 years of his retirement he assisted at Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish, Our Lady of Victory Parish, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish; he recently celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination. Preceded in death by parents and four brothers. Survived by sister, Philomena Mastrovincenzo of Pittsburgh, PA; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Monsignor Borrelli's body will be received at Saint Margaret of Cortona Church, 1600 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 4 p.m., with visitation continuing until a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3730 Broadway, Grove City, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. until just prior to the Mass. The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell will celebrate the Mass, retired Bishop James A. Griffin will concelebrate as will the priests of the Diocese; the homily will be delivered by Msgr. James L.T. Ruef. Burial will follow in the priests section at Saint Joseph Cemetery, 6440 South High Street, Lockbourne. Arrangements entrusted to the MAEDER QUINT TIBERI FUNERAL HOME 1068 S. HIGH ST., 614-444-1185. In lieu of flowers, Monsignor Borrelli requested that donations be made to the Msgr. Anthony Borrelli Fund for the Care of Priests at The Catholic Foundation, 257 East Broad Street, Columbus. To sign the online register please visit,

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 25, 2014
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