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THE PARISH OF ST ANNE AND ST JOSEPH
PARISH PRIEST FATHER STAMP
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St Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an organisation to help the needy of the parish whether it is by listening and talking to the lonely, sick or housebound or helping in some practical way such as shopping, helping them get to Mass and the Sacraments.
Many parishioners who are housebound enjoy a visit just to see a different face or even just a face to talk to and to feel part of the parish again.
The St Vincent de Paul motto is
“Turning Concern into Action”
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St Vincent was born in Pouy, France in 1581 and studied Humanities in Dax, France and graduated in Theology in Toulouse. He was ordained in 1600.
Vincent later went to Marseille for an inheritance in 1605 and was taken captive by Turkish Pirates who took him to Tunis and sold him into slavery. After converting his owner to Christianity, Vincent escaped in 1607.
After returning to France, he went to Rome and continued his studies until 1609.
He went back to France on a mission to Henry IV of France. For a while he was Parish Priest at Clichy. From 1612 he began to serve the Gondi, an illustrious family, and gave preaching missions to the peasants on the estate. In 1622 he was appointed Chaplin to the Galleys and gave missions to the Galley slaves.
In 1625 he founded a society of missionary priests commonly known as the Vincentians. In 1633 he founded the Daughters of Charity.
VINCENT WAS RENOWNED FOR HIS GENEROSITY. FOR THIS REASON HE IS KNOWN AS THE “GREAT APOSTLE OF CHARITY”. HE DIED IN 1660. HE WAS CANONISED IN 1737. HIS FEAST DAY IS THE 27TH OF SEPTEMBER.
BLESSED FREDERICK OZANAM
The Society was founded by Blessed Frederick Ozanam who was born on the 23rd of April 1813 at Milan which was French territory at the time. In 1832 he went to Paris to study at the Sorbonne University.
In 1833 he led a group of Sorbonne students to form the Conference of Charity. Their purpose was to become servants of the poor in Paris.
He continued leading the group with the help of Sister (now Saint) Rosalie Rendu and with her and her sisters help they distributed relief in the form of clothing and food and ran a school for children.
He and his friends began to live the Gospel Commandment “Show love to your neighbour” by visiting those living in special poverty and bringing what food and comfort they could. Others were moved by their example to connect themselves to serving the poor. They chose to call their group the Society of St. Vincent De Paul based on the exemplary charitable life lead by Vincent.
By the age of 26 Frederick had obtained a Doctorate in Law and a second Doctorate in Literature.
Frederick's life was very active. He became a Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Lyon and later became Professor in Foreign Literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
He married in 1841 and died in 1853 aged 40 years. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
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