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Frederic Ozanam

1813 - Birth of Frederic in Milan, April 23, to Jean-Antoine and Marie Ozanam.
1815 - Move of Ozanam Family to Lyons.
1829 - Experiences a "crisis of doubt" about his faith.
1831 - Enters Sorbonne in Paris to study law.
1833 - Establishes the Conference of Charity with other Sorbonne students.
1834 - Leads petition to Archbishop for relevant sermons.
1835 - Conference officially becomes Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
1836 - Awarded Doctor of Laws degree.
1837 - Publishes THE ORIGINS OF FRENCH LAW; death of Frederic's father.
1839 - Awarded Doctorate in Literature.
1840 - Named Professor of Commercial Laws at Lyons;
death of Frederic's mother.
1841 - Marriage to Amelie Soulacroix of Lyons.
1842 - Represents Church in negotiations with the government.
1844 - Assumes Chair of Foreign Literature at Sorbonne.
1845 - Birth of daughter Marie. Society is recognized by Pope Gregory XVI.
1847 - Publication of GERMAN STUDIES I.
1848 - Cofounder of JOURNAL L´ERE NOUVELLE.
1849 - Publication of GERMAN STUDIES II.
1852 - Mediates in student riots at Sorbonne.
1853 - Death in Marseilles of kidney ailment, September 8.
1855 - Posthumous publication of CIVILIZATION IN THE FIFTH CENTURY.
1989 - Society of St. Vincent de Paul established at St. John's University, NYC.
1997 - Declaration of Frederic as "Blessed Frederic" on August 22 in Paris.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)