May 20, 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of the beatification of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati by Pope John Paul II. So the Associazione Pier Giorgio Frassati— the Rome-based official association promoting his cause for canonization led by his niece, Wanda Gawronska— is organizing a celebration in Italy on that date during the Year for Priests for priests and religious who have a devotion to him as part of their ministry. The gathering will be in Pollone, near Turin, which is where he grew up. The timing is fortuitous because the Shroud of Turin will be on display at the same time. Here is the official announcement as sent out by the Associazione:
Our encounter will begin with welcoming the participants who arrive on May 19th at the Shrine of the Oropa and the accommodations in their Reception facility. The gathering of May 20th will be central, we shall exchange our experiences and visit the Frassati house in Pollone, pray in Pier Giorgio’s room, and in the afternoon a Eucharistic Celebration will be presided by S.E Mons. Mana, Bishop of Biella. On May 21st, there will be a visit to Pier Giorgio and the Holy Shroud at the Cathedral of Turin, as well as a Eucharistic Celebration to close our joyful encounter, to be held in the Church of Saint Dominic of Turin, near the Cathedral.
If you’re a priest or religious interested in attending, email Wanda Gawronska for more information.