Frederick Ozanam Essay

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Frederick Ozanam. A man of faith, a man of justice, a man of action, a man who helped those who were poor and underprivileged which finally developed into a worldwide organization known as the "St Vincent de Paul Society"Frederick Ozanam was born on April 23rd, 1813 in Milan, Italy. He was born to Jean Antoine Ozanam a well respected medical doctor and Marie Nantas. He grew up in Lyon, France. At a young age he studied law at the University of Paris. He worked for two years in a lawyer's office before moving to Paris in 1831 to study literature at the University of Sorbonne. Throughout his days at university he participated in debates with in the university community, one day a non-believer of his faith (Catholicism) challenged him and several of his friends during one of their debating sessions. "We know about your clergy and nuns working with the poor, but what are you and your friends in this room doing about the poor?" "Show us you're Works." This lead to Ozanam and his friends putting their faith into practice, by helping the poor and underprivileged people within their community.Frederic Ozanam was a man of action. He was a person who decided to do something about the poor quality of life some people were leading in his country. This was especially so after his Catholic his faith was questioned and challenged. At the age of 20 years he and number of his friends started to help the poor people within their community. They took firewood to the homes of underprivileged families within Paris. They also began to pool money, food and coal so that they could distribute it to the poor.Ozanam named his group in admiration to St Vincent de Paul who, only 200 years prior had like Ozanam was now doing performing great deeds to ease poverty within France. Hence it's now organization name "St Vincent de Paul Society"The Spread of "St Vincent de Paul Society"Within a year of the establishment of St Vincent de Paul Society over 100 people had joined three conference groups within Paris so that they could help people who lived in there local area. These conference groups were called "Conferences of Charity" and still today in Australia they are called conferences. Within a decade there was more than 9,000 members in 48 other Europeans cities were participating in works of charity within their society. After another 10 years the society spread and its first members in the United States of America, Mexico and Canada. The year after in 1854 the first branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society started within Australia in Melbourne. St Vincent de Paul Society was established in New South Wales by Charles Gordon O'Neil.Today in Australia the society helps over 1.5 million people each year. About $35 million of material aid is distributed through members by visiting people in need in their homes within the community.(See below on world map the Spread of St Vincent de Paul from 1833.)Melbourne 1854USA, Canada and Mexico 1845England, Ireland and Greece 1842-1845Paris...

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