After rejecting the marriage proposals of two other suitors, Amélie Soulacroix married Frédéric Ozanam, a well-respected professor who had already joined with young colleagues to found the Society of St. Vincent de Paul a few years earlier.
But their happiness was short lived. Frédéric’s reputation as an intellectual, philosopher, and one of the Society’s founders grew, even as his health began to fail. His helpmate and partner, Amélie, was by his side through it all. The couple were married just 12 years before he died of consumption at the age of only 40. Amélie was 33 at the time, but rather than remarry, she devoted the next 40 years of her life to securing her husband’s legacy, collecting and publishing his numerous writings.
The Frédéric and Amélie Ozanam Legacy Society offers a unique opportunity for Vincentians and Benefactors to unite in a community of spirituality, friendship, and service, leaving a legacy of faith and a path to holiness for the next generation.