July 4: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, 1901-1925

Born to a rich and politically influential family; his mother was the painter Adelaide Ametis; his father was an agnostic, the founder and editor of the liberal newspaper La Stampa, and became the Italian ambassador to Germany. A pious youth, average student, outstanding athlete and mountain climber, he was extremely popular with his peers, known by the nickname “Terror” due to his practical jokes. He was tutored at home for years with his younger sister Luciana. He studied minerology in an engineering program after graduating high school. He worked often with Catholic groups like Apostleship of Prayer and the Company of the Most Blessed Sacrament that ministered to the poor and promoted Eucharistic adoration, Marian devotion, and personal chastity. He became involved in political groups like the Young Catholic Workers Congress, the Popular Party, the Catholic Student Federation, Catholic Action and Milites Mariae that supported the poor, opposed Fascism and worked for the Church’s social teachings. Enrolled as a Dominican tertiary on 28 May 1922, taking the name Girolamo (Jerome). Especially devoted to the teachings of Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Thomas Aquinas. He spent his fortune on the needy and visited the sick; during this ministry he contracted the disease that killed him.

SOURCE: Saints

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2 Responses to July 4: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

  1. Dean says:

    Nice Blog! I added it to my roll…

    Blessings and peace,
    Dean

  2. Robert says:

    And at his funeral, the poor came out in droves. Bl. Frassati had kept his service as secret as he could. The poor were surprised to see that he was the son of the wealthy owner of La Stampa, and equally so his parents were surprised to see all of the poor gathered at their son’s funeral.

    Read here:

    http://www.3op.org/frassati.php

    “When news of Pier Giorgio’s death on July 4, 1925 reached the neighborhood and city, the Frassati parents, who had no idea about the generous self-donation of their young son, were astonished by the sight of thousands of people crowded outside their mansion on the day of their son’s funeral Mass and burial. The poor, the lonely, and those who had been touched by Pier Giorgio’s love and faithful example had come to pay homage to this luminous model of Christian living.”

    Thank you so much for reminding me of this day.

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