Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati - A Saint for the Youth of the Third Millennium

Last edited 15th July 2013

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati - A Saint for the Youth of the Third Millennium

Today (4 July) is the feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, one of the Patron Saints for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio.

Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in Turin, Italy on Holy Saturday, April 6, 1901. From a young age he developed a deep spiritual life which he never hesitated to share with his friends. In 1918 he joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society and dedicated much of his spare time to serving the sick and the needy. He decided to become a mining engineer so he could “serve Christ better among the miners,” as he told a friend. His studies, however, did not keep him from social activism.

In late June 1925 Pier Giorgio was afflicted by an acute attack of poliomyelitis which doctors later speculated he caught from the poor and sick whom he tended. Neglecting his own health because his grandmother was dying, his illness was too advanced for anyone to treat when doctors discovered how weak he was. Pier Giorgio died on July 4, 1925, at the age of 24.

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