Frederic Ozaman was born into a large family
in 1813 in Milan, Italy. His were parents originally from France. The
Ozaman family returned to France in 1815.
Frederic believed that faith should be put into action by serving the
poor. In 1833, he founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This is an
organization that serves the poor. Today, the Society is based in 131
countries and offers services such as thrift shops, home visits, food
centers, and shelters.
In 1841, Ozaman married. In 1845 the young couple welcomed their first
and only child into the world. The last five years of Frederic’s
short life were devoted to serving the poor through the St. Vincent de
Paul Society. In 1853 Frederic died of exhaustion and tuberculosis.
At the 1997 World Youth Day in Paris, Pope John Paul II beatified Frederic