It’s so good to be with your family! It’s so good to live as a family! And even more, it’s so good to be fully supported by your family! This is how members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) feel about the VINCENTIAN FAMILY, which has recently embraced a very gracious and meaningful gesture.
On December 2nd, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Vincentian Family Executive Committee, in a virtual meeting, approved a motion to fully endorse the cause of canonization of Blessed Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam, one of the seven founders of the SSVP. This was done in light of a new miracle that is being examined by the Vatican.
In an official press release, the Executive Committee highlights Ozanam’s remarkable biography, as well as the virtues of this holy man and the importance of his eventual canonization for the Society, for the Vincentian Family, for the Church and for humankind. Their statement concludes with the words: “We ask all members of the worldwide Vincentian Family to intensify their prayer for this noble cause”.
Renato Lima de Olivera, the 16th General President, stated: “On behalf of all SSVP members worldwide, I would like to thank the leaders of the Vincentian Family who have endorsed this resolution, fully supporting the cause. This commitment is essential to further disseminate Ozanam’s devotion, who was a role model following in the footsteps of St. Vincent, and to enhance the role of the family in society”.
In Ricardo Tavares’s words, Famvin Coordinator within the structure of the Council General, “…being part of the Family is a true gift from God and a great source of pride. The liaison between members of the SSVP and the Vincentian Family yields mutual benefits. It is a win-win situation. This defines the wealth of belonging to the Family, especially in the spiritual dimension”,
Click here to read the Vincentian Family’s resolution supporting Ozanam’s cause of canonization.