Date of publication: 01/08/2017

A must-read biography of Bl. Antoine Frédéric Ozanam

Council General International

Mr. Raymond Sickinger, the author of this insightful book on the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, looks into Ozanam’s life in a variety of ways. First, the book explored the various roles he played throughout his life—a son, sibling, student, member of and an inspiration for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, spouse and father, scholar, and spokesperson for the common people. Second, it examines the lessons he learned in his life, including the importance of friendship, the meaning of solidarity, and the role and purpose of suffering, among many others that he shares with those who study his thought and work. It concludes with an account of Ozanam’s enduring legacy. This book is truly a comprehensive study of a man who touched many lives as a teacher, writer, and principal.

Reading this book can encourage us to follow in the footsteps of Blessed Frederic Ozanam who saw each person as a child of God, thus, cared for their needs. This is highly recommendable to all people, especially those at the forefront of service to those in need, inspiring them to grow in holiness in the course of the mission.

Raymond Sickinger Raymond L. Sickinger is a Professor of History and Public and Community Service Studies at Providence College, a Catholic, and Dominican College, where he has taught for over forty years.  He received his Doctorate in European History from the University of Notre Dame in 1978.  He is currently serving as Chair of the Department of History and Classics. He has been an active member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul since 1985.  He is currently a member of its National Board of Directors.