May 05

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Petition to Add Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati to the Liturgical Calendar

There is an online petition underway to present a petition to the USCCB for the Divine Worship Committee to add Bl. Pier Giorgio to the Liturgical Calendar. You can find the petition and sign it at change.org. In the words of the petition:


Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was an incredible witness to Christ and a model of life lived to the fullest. He climbed mountains, fostered community among his friends, played pranks, fought against religious persecution, and constantly prayed and performed acts of charity. His piety was such that he would often sneak out of the house to attend all night Adoration with the Blessed Sacrament, but return home in time for breakfast with his family.

His devotion to helping the poor often led him to return home without his sweater or jacket, having given them to someone in need. When Pier Giorgio died at just 24 years old, the streets of Turin were lined with thousands of the poor of Turin whose lives were touched by him during his short life.

Given his witness to what can be accomplished when we make Christ the center of our lives, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati is an important saint in our times, especially for the youth and laity, and those who fight for religious freedom. And so, the purpose of this petition is to ask the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Divine Worship Committee to add a memorial feast with Proper for Pier Giorgio in the United States Liturgical Calendar, so that his devotion might be further spread and that by his veneration and through the aid of his intercession, we might come to better follow his example and strive to climb “to the heights” of Christian life.

This petition, upon completion, will be given to a bishop who will present our request to the Divine Worship Committee.


Permanent link to this article: http://laydomsouth.org/torchoftruth/petition-to-add-bl-pier-giorgio-frassati-to-the-liturgical-calendar/

1 comment

  1. evodius

    Just a question: While I sympathize with the desire for this, wouldn’t this happen anyway upon his canonization? Typically blesseds are only celebrated liturgically in their home dioceses until such time that they are canonized, with rare exceptions (e.g. popes).

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