The surprising and still relevant Frederic Ozanam

by | Sep 26, 2011 | Vincentian Family | 5 comments

No Time Like Now- the Life and Times of Frederic Ozanam. This video puts Frederic squarely in the life and times of a country facing massive social change. In doing so it presents a side of Frederic that is perhaps too little appreciated. There is much food for thought  for the Vincentian Family as it comes to grips with working toward a hand up to those on the margins of society. The Society of St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) in Australia produced the video which posted to YouTube by the SVDP in Scotland.

Questions to think about…

  • What similarities struck you between the issues Frederic was concerned about in his day and the issues we face today?
  • Was there anything about the video the surprised  you about Frederic’s response to the conditions of his times?
  • Who are the contemporary young Frederic’s in our midst?


  1. William Graham

    As Vincentians we have followed in the steps of Frederick and Vincent by not changing the way we serve those neighbours in need. Home visits and being non-judgmental will always be the strengths that will ensure that our great Society not only survives but grows in the way be are privileged to serve those less fortunate than ourselves.

  2. ralph middlecamp

    This video is excellent. I am not sure how I missed the posting but I hope it gets more attention. Does anyone know how to get the original? With the 200th anniversary of Ozanam’s birth it should get promoted.

    • jbf

      The only information I have is found on YouTube “Uploaded by SSVPScotland on Mar 9, 2011”

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