International General Council Newsletter
Blessed Frederic Ozanam was schooled in law, literature and philosophy and taught at the universities in Lyon and Paris. Challenged by a detractor of the faith to demonstrate the good he was doing socially in France, Frederic and six companions founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on April 23, 1833. On June 23, 1841 Frederic married Amelie Soulacroix, and their only child, Marie, was born in 1845. He succumbed to ill health and died on September 8, 1853. Pope John Paul II beatified Frederic Ozanam in Paris on August 22, 1997.
On this day…
On this day in 1997, Saint John Paul II said, “Frederic Ozanam believed in love, the love for God and for every individual. He felt himself called to love, giving the greatest example of love for God and others. He went to all those who needed to be loved more than others.”
Blessed Frederic was beatified on World Youth Day in Paris.
Beatification can occur when proof of one miracle is evident. Should proof of a second miracle arise, Frederic can be canonized as a saint.
What happened when a 20-year-old kid stopped talking and starting doing
Most Catholics know of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Society has been helping people in need for more than 180 years. What most Catholics do not know is that St. Vincent de Paul is not the founder of the society. It is simply named after him because of his lifelong example of Christian charity. So, if it was not founded by St. Vincent de Paul, where did it come from? How did it begin? What does St. Vincent de Paul have to do with it?
This is the first paragraph from the Mission Statement of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.”
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