The Word Among Us

February 2006 Issue

Giving the Gift of Self

The Story of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

By: Ronald Ramson, C.M.

In 1831, Frédéric Ozanam left his family and home in Lyon, France, to begin studies at the University of Paris, the Sorbonne. He was eighteen, with exceptional intellectual abilities, a zest for work, and a deep faith. Within ten years, he had obtained doctorates in law and literature and was becoming one of the most celebrated thinkers and writers of his day.

But it is not for his academic accomplishments that Blessed Frédéric Ozanam is widely remembered today. His most enduring legacy stems from...

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