Authors: Ana Maria Vazquez and Jennings Dean
Pier Giorgio Frassati was born on April 6, 1901, in Turin, Italy. From his early childhood, Pier Giorgio was sensitive to the needs of others. At the age of fourteen, he began attending Mass and receiving Communion almost every day. Later Pier Giorgio joined the Dominican Third Order. Pier Giorgio's ministry was to the poor. Pier Giorgio's friends knew him as a lively prankster who enjoyed mountain climbing and skiing. In 1925, he contracted polio from one of his patients. His last hours were spent in quiet prayer and in giving last minute instructions for helping the poor, who were always on his mind. Then, early in the morning of July 4, 1925, he died quietly after receiving the Sacrament of Anointing. He was twenty-four.
Pier Giorgio was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1990. The life of Pier Giorgio will impress kids more than many other saints because they will be able to relate to this athletic, adventurous youth and young adult. They will learn one of his principles of life: "Life must be lived well, following true and sound principles. It's never enough to simply get along."
Ages 8 – 12, Paperback, 142 Pages, 2004, 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches