Frederic Ozanam – A Life in Letters

Blessed Frederic Ozanam is very well known for his insight and wisdom. He would often share those valuable thoughts through personal letters to his family and friends. The best collection of these letters in English is found in “A Life in Letters,” edited by Fr. Joseph Dirvan, which was commissioned and published by the Society of St Vincent de Paul National Council of the United States in 1986. It has now been digitized by DePaul University and is available online at no cost.

To download the file, click here:

Although this collection does not contain letters from the last ten years of Ozanam’s life it is still the best collection available in English. In recent years the complete, scholarly collections of his letters has been published but are only available in French and Spanish. Hopefully someday an English edition can be arranged so that we may further appreciate the work and thought of the principal founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This is a great example of the kind of collaboration within the Vincentian Family that enriches us all.

The DePaul University site, known as “Via Sapientiae” also has other excellent resources including Sr. Louise Sullivan’s biography of Sr. Rosalie Rendu which can be downloaded for free at this address:

The site also contains the complete eleven volume edition of St. Vincent de Paul’s writings and conferences:

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