1853: Death of Frédéric Ozanam, the main founder

On September 8, 1853, Frederic Ozanam died in Paris, swept away by the illness that had weakened him for several months. At this time, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was now present in 29 countries and growing constantly. Ozanam’s desire to “embrace the world in a network of charity” was being fulfilled via some 900 Conferences involving around 15,000 members.