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Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) Secondary Patron of the

Feast Day: July 4 UWO Newman Center

and Patron of the Chapel

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint for the modern world. He was born in 1901 in Turin, Italy, and died after only 24 years of polio. He lived those years with passion and holiness. Pope Saint John Paul II called him a “man of the beatitudes.” He had a deep piety and intense interest in Catholicism, even though his parents were non-religious. For Frassati, Christ was the answer to everything. All of his action was oriented toward Christ and began in contemplation of Jesus. He loved the poor. He lived his faith concretely through spirited political activism. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hiking. He never passed up a chance to play a practical joke. Frassati lived his faith through discipline with his school work, which was a tremendous cross for him as he was a poor student. Frassati lived his faith through his constant, humble, mostly hidden service to the poorest of Turin. He loved to laugh. He died on July 4, 1925. Frassati’s body was found incorrupt in 1981.

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