Personal Reflection
December 8, 2014

Sharing the Mission

Blessed Frederic Ozanam had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from his youth to his death. Frederic was insistent that the St Vincent de Paul Society take Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as its patroness. The first members of the Society chose December 8th as their special Marian feast twenty years before the formal proclamation of the dogma in 1854 by Pope Blessed Pius IX and a year after Frederic’s death! Vincentians implore Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, their patroness, to intercede for their councils and conferences, their lives and ministry.


Through Mary, conceived without sin,

We ask for the grace of holiness.

Through Mary, and her Immaculate


We ask for healing for those who are brokenhearted.

We ask for the grace of fidelity for all