Pier Giorgio is my friend, my brother, and my patron. I first learned about him a few years ago through social media including YouTube posts by now-Bishop Robert Barron. I have since developed a personal and dynamic friendship with Pier Giorgio that has filled and colored my life so profoundly and, above all, has helped draw me closer to Mary and to Christ. He is for me a constant, consummate guide and companion, and a true model of discipleship both through his private devotional and spiritual life as well as in his courageous public witness to his faith in the wake of Fascist violence and oppression. Thus, Pier Giorgio stands not only as a patron for youth but also as a defender of religious liberty. His elevation to the altar, therefore, seems most propitiously and providentially timed for the present. Verso l'alto! Santo subito!