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Meet the TBP spiritual Board of Directors!

TBP Spiritual Mentors

All you holy men and women, pray for us!

Pier Giorgio Frassati

Enjoying both the splendor of the natural world and the arts, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was an avid mountain climber, a lover of art and music, and even—a practical joker. In addition to being a dedicated engineering student and son of a diplomat, Pier Giorgio was active in social and political matters and a lover of the poor and suffering. Frassati was known for his acts of charity, such as donating the money for his bus fare, while running home to arrive on time. Frassati’s personal motto, “Verso l’Alto!” (To the Heights) is emblematic of a life marked by services and fueled by fervor for the good, true, and beautiful.  

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Catherine of Siena

Despite a short thirty-three year life, Catherine of Siena lived wholeheartedly dedicated to serving the Lord. The 24th of 25 children in her family, from a young age, she committed herself to prayer, penance, and charitable service and became a beacon of Christ’s light during a time of social and political strife in Italy. Her deep union with and love for Christ was an inspiration to many who sought her spiritual guidance, including nobles and politicians, artists, ordinary men and women, and even the pope. Although she never learned to write, she dictated copious spiritual writings and many of her letter correspondences have been preserved. Catherine’s life is a testament to her own exhortation: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

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Pope John Paul II

A hero of the faith in the twenty-first century, John Paul II lived deeply attuned to the modern world while remaining boldly committed to being a witness of faith. As a young university student, John Paul II studied language, theater, and poetry. Despite losing all of his immediate family -except his father- by the age of twelve, John Paul II was no stranger to suffering. His writings range from plays and poetry to theological encyclicals and books. His motto, “Duc in Altum,” means “Into the Deep.” 

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Philip Neri

Born in Florence to a noble family, Philip Neri’s life was paved with worldly success. However, he recognized the only lasting treasure is a life fully alive in Christ. Abandoning the prospect of becoming a promising businessman, young Philip moved to Rome. People from all social classes were drawn to his joyful spirit and captivating personality. After many years of study and work with the poor, he became a priest and continued his mission of love, service, and joy, creatively coming up with out-of-the-box methods of evangelization. His witness earned him the title, “Apostle of Rome.”

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