Pier Giorgio Frassati was born on April 6, 1901 in Turin, Italy to a family of political and social means. He attended the university of Turin as an engineering student. Giorgio was a popular student, a known social activist, and a servant to the poor and oppressed in fascist Italy. He joined the Dominican Order as a layman on May 28, 1922. He was known for his commitment to prayer and study, his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and a tender love of the Blessed Mother. He died on July 4, 1925 of polio and was beatified May 20, 1990. He was given the title “Man of the Beatitudes” by Pope John Paul II at his beatification.
On his popular web series, “Word on Fire,” Fr. Robert Barron shares his thoughts on this modern saint.