(BEATIFIED ON MAY 20, 1990)
Grassati was born in Turin, Italy, on April 6, 1901 to Alfredo and wife
Adelaida. He developed a deep spiritual life while still young.
In 1918, he joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society and spent his time
helping the sick and needy.
In 1919, he joined
the Catholic Student Federation and the Popular Party, a political
organization which promoted Church teachings in politics.
Although the Frassati
family was well to do , the father was
frugal and never gave his children much spending money. What little he
had, Pier gave to the poor. . .including his bus fare. Thus, he had to
run home to be on time for meals in a house where punctuality and frugality
were the law.
Pier went to daily
Holy Communion, and while mountain climbing with friends, discussed
religious topics with them.
In 1922, he joined the Dominican Tertiaries
and chose the name Girolamo after the fiery Dominican reformer Savonarola.
He joined demonstrations against the Fascist government and experienced
In 1925, after
tending the sick, he himself caught polio myelitis. Not minding his own
illness, he cared for his dying grandmother. By the time Pier's
illness was discovered, he was too sick and too weak. He died on July
4, 1925. He was 24.
Osservatore Romano, May 1990