For Christine Wohar, a funny thing happened on her way to law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville,Tennessee. Her new parish priest asked her to help form a group for young adults under the patronage of Pier Giorgio Frassati. It was her introduction to this inspiring saint. Two Frassati Societies and 10 years later, she met Wanda Gawronska, a niece of Pier Giorgio's, in Rome. That encounter led to a life-changing decision.
"I felt the Holy Spirit's nudge, or maybe in this case, it was more of a shove!" Wohar put her professional career on hold and headed off to Pollone, Italy, where she would come to know Pier Giorgio in a more personal way. "It is one thing to read about a saint. It is quite another to live in his house!"
Wohar spent extended periods of time in both 2006 and 2007 in Pollone with members of the Frassati family, including Pier Giorgio's younger sister and biographer Luciana. (Pictured at right at age 105.) When Luciana Frassati passed away in Pollone, Wohar attended her funeral. "It was profoundly moving for me to know that Luciana had attended Pier Giorgio's funeral and I was there at hers. It is a connection that is difficult to explain but I often feel like Pier Giorgio allows me to experience things like that in his place."
Working closely with Gawronska, Wohar founded FrassatiUSA in 2006. The non-profit organization works to promote the spirituality of Blessed Frassati and to further his cause for canonization.
Wohar is considered a world expert speaker on the life and devotion of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. She has been interviewed on several radio programs and for various publications and has given presentations to audiences of all ages and sizes in the U.S., Canada and Italy.
In March of 2008, Wohar went to Rome to assist with the preparations for the transfer of Blessed Frassati's mortal remains to Sydney, Australia, for World Youth Day. She appeared on EWTN's "Life on the Rock" in June 2008. The following year, she appeared on "EWTN Live" with Wanda Gawronska. In June 2009, Wohar hosted a three-part series for EWTN featuring an in-depth discussion with Gawronska. The series is titled, "Pier Giorgio Frassati: Sanctity Within Reach." Wohar co-edited the book "Pier Giorgio Frassati: Letters to His Friends and Family" published for the first time in English in July 2009. She led the first FrassatiUSA pilgrimage in the summer of 2009, tracing the footsteps of Pier Giorgio from Rome through northern Italy. Wohar is the executive producer of the videos: "GIORGIO: A Modern-Day Miracle Story" (2015) and "PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI: Get to Know Him" (2016).
"I have been truly blessed with many opportunities to walk in Pier Giorgio's footsteps and to deepen my devotion to him. His message is simple but profound -- that holiness is possible for everyone. He challenges us to live and not exist, to rise above mediocrity and to journey with him to the top."