Frederick Ozanam

On October 8, 1853, a very good man died in France.

Frederick Ozanam was born in Milan, Italy in 1853. He attended the University of Paris, where he excelled and was considered a brilliant student. He could have achieved anything he wanted. He wanted to help the poor. In 1833, he founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in order to provide relief for the chronically poor. He wrote, “…we should occupy ourselves with the people whose wants are too many and whose rights are too few; who are crying out, and fairly, for a share in public affairs, for assurances of employment, and against distress; who follow bad leaders because they have no good leaders….” By the time of his death, the society had become operative in sixteen countries. Today, there are more than 600,000 people who, like Frederick and Vincent, believe that service to the poor and suffering is a necessary part of our Christian calling.

Note: a computer malfunction prevented a blog posting yesterday.


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