Historic events

23 April in History

'1813: Frédéric Ozanam (founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) was born in Milan, Italy. He was the fifth child of fourteen born to Jean-Antoine- Francoise and Marie Nantas Ozanam, ardent French Catholics of middle-class circumstances.

1826: Joan Antida Thouret died in Naples. Born on November 27, 1765 in Sancey-Le-Long in the department of Doubs in France. In 1777 she enetered Daughters of Charity. When in 1793 all religious orders were suppressed she returned to her hometown. In 1799 she founded her own congregation in Besancon. She was canonized in 1934 by pope Pio XI.

1833: Frédéric Ozanam, Emmanuel Bailly and five other students, supported by sister Rosalie Rendu, establish Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Nowadays, active in 107 countries, almost half of a million members gathered in 32 thousands conferences with budget over $20 million the Society is growing. Over 2 and a half million families are regularly visited.

1913: Cardinal Vincent Vannutelli, archpriest of basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, appointed by pope Pio X to preside ceremonies of 100th anniversary of Frederick Ozanam's birthday in Paris is received at Maison-Mère, where he had stayed all his visit in the capital.

1949: Fr Hubert Meuffels, Visitor of Province of Holland from 1932 to 1945, died in Maison-Mère in Paris. He was born on March 20, 1871 in Limbourg in Holland. He wrote books about Dutch saints, biography of St. Vincent de Paul and Fr Antoine Fiat and also "Life of Jesus, the Son of Man".

1954: Fr Tichit, Visitor of province of China North is expelled from China after many months spent in prison. There were wounds on his wrists evidently a sign of chains he had to bear inprisoned and other signs of maltreatment.

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  • 1 - "Centesimus Annus" John Paul II - 1991
  • 2 - Birthday of St. Catherine Labouré - 1806 (Pronounces vows for the first time 1835)
  • 2 - Vincent de Paul is installed as Cure of Clichy, France 1612
  • 4 - Jean-Marie Odin, CM ordained at St. Mary's in Perryville, MO 1823; will become the first Bishop of Galveston, Texas in 1848 and second Archbishop of New Orleans in 1861
  • 5 - "Challenge of Peace" US Bishop's - 1983
  • 11 - First Sisters of Charity of New York arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia - 1849
  • 12 - Bishop Thaddeus Amat, CM second Bishop of Montery, CA, (presently Archdiocese of Los Angeles) dies in Los Angeles 1878
  • 12 - John Joseph Lynch, CM the first Archbishop of Toronto, Canada dies 1888
  • 15 - "Rerum Novarum" Leo XIII - 1891
  • 15 - "Quadregesimo Anno" Pius XI - 1931
  • 15 - "Octogesima Adveniens" Paul VI - 1971
  • 16 - St. Gianna Beretta Molla, canonized on May 16th, 2004
  • 17 - St. Vincent de Paul gives the community a copy of the Constitutions and Rules of the Congregation of the Mission 1658
  • 20 - Pier Giorgio Frassati, a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, beatified 1990
  • 21 - Vincent de Paul sends first missionaries to Madagascar 1648
  • 24 - Leo Raymond de Neckère, CM, is consecrated bishop at St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans 1830
  • 25 - Blessed Rosalie Rendu enters the Daughters of Charity in Paris 1802
  • 27 - St. Francis Regis Clet, CM beatified by Pope Leo XIII 1900
  • 28 - Catherine Labouré beatified by Pope Pius XI 1933
  • 30 - Feast of St. Monica, Louise de Marillac makes a vow of widowhood -1623