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Pier Giorgio Icon

On May 24, 2013, Bishop Gerald Walsh blessed our new icon of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati:

Fr. John Walsted is the artist who created the icon for us:

About Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Pier Giorgio was born in Turin, Italy in 1901. As a child, he would give his carfare to the poor to buy food, then run home from school instead of taking the bus. At the age of 18 he joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society and spent much of his time caring for the needy. He kept a notebook where he recorded all the people who counted on him for help, and there were many. He was a strong, athletic young man who loved to ski and climb in the mountains. It was his habit to spend the night in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament when he returned from a skiing trip.

Pier Giorgio decided to study mining engineering, so he could help serve miners. He attended college, but even during his studies he kept up his support of the poor. It was not enough, he decided, to just give charity, but he saw that changes were needed to protect the weak and poor. He helped start a newspaper based on the principles of the Apostolic Letter Rerum Novarum and he participated in Church-organized demonstrations against Fascism. He also became a Third-Order Dominican.

In 1925, Pier Giorgio contracted polio, possibly from his work among the poor. By the time his illness was recognized, it was too late to save him, and he died at the age of 24. His family was surprised that, at his funeral, the streets of the city were lined with the many people who had been touched by Pier Giorgio’s quiet charity.