Antoine Fr�d�ric Ozanam

Antoine Fr�d�ric Ozanam

by Raymond L. Sickinger


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Raymond Sickinger’s biography of Antoine Frédéric Ozanam is more than a chronological account of Ozanam’s relatively brief but extraordinary life. It is also a comprehensive study of a man who touched many lives as a teacher, writer, and principal founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Ozanam’s life encompassed a particularly turbulent time in French history, and he was a witness to two major political upheavals—the overthrow of the Bourbon dynasty that brought Louis Philippe to power in 1830, and the end of Louis Philippe’s “Bourgeois Monarchy” as a result of the 1848 Revolutions. This book examines Ozanam’s life in a variety of ways. First, it explores the various roles he played throughout his life—son, sibling, student, member of and an inspiration for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, spouse and father, scholar, and spokesperson for the common people. Second, it examines the lessons he learned in his life, including the importance of friendship, the meaning of solidarity, and the role and purpose of suffering, among many others that he shares with those who study his thought and work. It concludes with an account of Ozanam's enduring legacy.

Antoine Frédéric Ozanam feared that he would not have a fruitful career, but his legacy remains a powerful testimony to his greatness. This book will interest scholars wishing to know more about Ozanam and the period in which he lived, as well as a wider audience including those who are aware or are members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268101428
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Raymond Sickinger is chair of the Department of History and Classics at Providence College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Ozanam's Life

Chapter 1 Son and Sibling 7

Chapter 2 Student 31

Chapter 3 The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 57

Chapter 4 Husband and Father 85

Chapter 5 Scholar 111

Chapter 6 Spokesperson for the People 143

Part II Ozanam's Lessons and Legacy

Chapter 7 Friendship 175

Chapter 8 Spirituality and Sanctification 195

Chapter 9 Solidarity: Ozanam and Catholic Social Teaching 205

Chapter 10 Servant Leadership 221

Chapter 11 Systemic Thinking and Systemic Change 231

Chapter 12 Suffering 251

Chapter 13 An Enduring Legacy 271

Notes 291

Works Cited 359

Index 371

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