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Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati: Who he is and how we are celebrating

Living in Colorado, I find that many friends and family have a great affinity for this soon to be saint. I have to say, I do too.  It's got to be the mountains always pictured in the background and stellar hiking boots.  He was rugged, joyful, manly, a true friend, and a saint for our day. This pipe smoking, adventurous, exuberant young man is a model for me and for many.

 Pier Giorgio Frassati

Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in Italy on April 6, 1901. At a young age, he loved the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In his spare time, he served the poor, the orphaned, and the returning soldiers from World War I. Using his bus money to give to the poor, he frequently ran home to try and make it home for supper. Pier Giorgio enjoyed climbing mountains, attending the theater, and praying the Rosary, never missing an opportunity to invite his friends along to Mass, read scripture or pray with him.

 

Right after graduating with his degree in mining, he contracted poliomyelitis. After an intense six days of suffering, he died at the age of 24 on July 4, 1925.

 

Pope St. John Paul II beautified Pier Giorgio on May 20, 1990 and his canonization is scheduled for 2025.

 

The National Catholic Register calls Frassati, “the antidote to so much of what ails our world.” May 7, 2024. Christine M. Wohar.

 

They couldn’t be more correct. His joy, example of authentic manhood, true friendship, and is a guide to heaven for us.

 

He shouted “Verso l’alto” to the top!

 

Here is how we are celebrating:

 

Take the family out for a hike

 

Invite a friend or family member and pray the Rosary while driving hiking or driving.

 

Take time to teach your children the beauty of authentic manhood and womanhood. Use Frassati as an example of virtue.

 

Grab our DIY saint squishie for a crafty afternoon or cozy up with our "Verso l' Alto" minky blanket for your little guy or gal. 

 

 

*Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati image courtesy of Wikipedia