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years of existence
April, 23th: Frédéric Ozanam and his companions – Emmanuel Bailly, Paul Lamache, Félix Clavé, Auguste Le Taillandier, Jules Devaux and François Lallier – held their first meeting, near the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. The group placed itself under the...
The movement expanded and its first members, who were mostly students, set up Conferences in the French provinces. Since a management structure was needed, the Management Council (subsequently called the General Council) was established. The first President General is Emmanuel...
The SSVP moved out into Europe and throughout the world: Rome, then Belgium, Scotland and Ireland in 1843, England in 1844 and, during the years that followed, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, the USA, Mexico, Switzerland, Canada, Austria and Spain.
For a while, the Society flourished under the Second Empire before its activities were suddenly stopped by Persigny's circular ordering the dissolution of SSVP Councils. Accused of relaying Catholic opposition to Napoleon III's regime, the Society lay dormant until 1870.