This presentation by Raymond Sickinger was presented as part of an Ozanam symposium at the National Assembly of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Madison Wisconsin. It outlines the principles of Catholic social teaching and demonstrates that the writings and thoughts of Frederic Ozanam captured those ideals almost a century before they became integrated into the main stream of Catholic teaching.
Frederic Ozanam had a passion for charity and justice which was driven by a deep faith in the presence of God who was actively engaged in the social progress of the world through the actions of Christians. This presentation by Ralph Middlecamp at the Vincentian Family Gathering on October 25, 2013 examines the development of Ozanam's thought on the social struggles of his time. The talk focuses in on his organizational inclinations as he sought to involve others in the practice of charity and the cause of justice.
Frederic Ozanam lived his short life as a Catholic layman with a remarkable commitment to his Catholic faith. He practiced that faith in all aspects of his life and is a model for lay people everywhere. This presentation by Sr. Kieran Kneaves and Ralph Middlecamp at the National Assembly of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in September 2013 celebrates his life and demonstrates how Ozanam's writings and actions were a forerunner current understanding of the role of lay people in the Church.
This is an address given by Michael Thio, President of the Council General International, Society of St. Vincent de Paul at the National Assembly of the United States National Council in Madison Wisconsin on September 13, 2013. He highlights the work of the Society throughout the world and challenges Vincentians to embrace the spirit of the founder in their personal lives and the work of the Society with the poor.