Society celebrates Founder's Feast Day today
"The question which divides men in our time is no longer a question of political systems. It is a social question: that is of knowing which will prevail: the spirit of selfishness or the spirit of sacrifice? Whether society is to be simply a great opportunity of exploitation for the benefit of the strongest or a dedication of everyone for the benefit of all and especially for the protection of the weak...."
~ Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
Dear Young Vincentians and Friends:
Today, we celebrate the Feast of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Coincidentally, his mentor (Vincentian) Sister Rosalie Rendu, DC, was born on this day in 1786 (see the Vincentian Family Website at http://www.facebook.com/l/;famvin.org/en/archive/resources-for-the-feast-of-bl-frederic-ozanam for a wealth of information and resources).
An article on our founder was published a few years ago by the Western Catholic Report ("Canada's Largest Religious Weekly"), which can be found at http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.wcr.ab.ca/columns/tedfitzgerald/2005/fitzgerald082905.shtml.
A short, one-page reflection, composed and compiled by Vincentian Sister Kieran Kneaves, DC, of the Society's National Office, and taken from her "Vincentian Reflections: Seek refuge in the name of the Lord" can be found at http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.svdpusa.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=lpk5D2RENs0%3d&tabid=56&mid=410&language=en-US.
To listen to a short bio of Frédéric by the Franciscan community, (offered by FrancscanRadio) go to http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintofDay/#Audio .
Yours in St. Vincent & Blessed Frédéric,
Manuel A. Sánchez
Youth/Young Adult Conference Coordinator
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles