Tuesday, September 11, 2012


“We must do what is most agreeable to God.  Therefore, we must do what our Lord Jesus Christ did when preaching the Gospel. Let us go to the poor.”  - Blessed Frederic Ozanam

Reverend Kevin Collins C.M., celebrated Mass in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's thrift store near downtown Los Angeles to commemorate the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul's founder Blessed Frederic Ozanam, who died September 8,1853.

"Ozanam hoped that everyone in the Society, especially the young, would have the experience of meeting the poor 'on the ground'," said Rev. Collins. 

Ozanam and six friends founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in France in 1833, to serve the impoverished in the slums of Paris. The Society now exists in 142 countries with 1,000,000 members worldwide, with a mission to "seek and find the forgotten, the suffering or the deprived."  Society members are guided by the credo "No Act of Charity is Foreign to the Society."

Most shoppers walked around the Mass, which was attended by 35 Society employees and Vincentian volunteers, but one shopper came and joined in the celebration.  He appeared poor.

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