Blessed Mario Borzaga

photograph of Venerable Mario Borzaga, date, location and photographer unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Joined the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at age 20. Ordained at 25. Missionary to Laos in 1957, caring for the sick, ministering to people suffering from the persecutions of the communist guerilla group Pathet Lao; he wrote a diary of his experiences, later published as To Be a Happy Man. Martyr.



  • murdered on or about 25 April 1960 in Kiukatiam, Luang Prabang, Laos by Pathet Lao troops




What a joy it is to be simmering saints, simmering apostles, simmering martyrs. – Father Mario

Every instant is a step toward sainthood or a step backwards. – Father Mario

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Mario Borzaga“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 April 2020. Web. 28 October 2021. <>