The History of Antoine-Frédéric OZANAM

Antoine-Frédéric OZANAM was born in Milan on 23rd April 18123, died in Marseille September 8, 1853. He was according to Lacordaire, one of the most influential figures of the Catholicism in the nineteenth century.

After his Secondary grades done in Lyon, he went to Paris for his university education. The defense of truth and social engagement constitute two poles of his brief but generous existence.

In 1833, Frederic OZANAM founded with some friends, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which is a charitable organization led by volunteers. Also professor of foreign literature at the Sorbonne, he was beatified by Pope Jean-Paul II August 22, 1997.