The Ozanam Conversation (previously the Ozanam Lecture) is a free annual event in honour of the 20-year-old activist and founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Blessed Frederic Ozanam. Established in 2003, the Ozanam Conversation invites us to reflect upon how relevant the Society’s founding mission of 1833 is to today’s world.
Frederic Ozanam wrote:
"Yours must be a work of love, of kindness, you must give your time, your talents, yourselves. The poor person is a unique person of God's fashioning with an inalienable right to respect.
"You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis: You must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty, with the aim of a long term improvement."
Guest speaker Francis Sullivan discussed the topic, âStanding Up: Reclaiming lay leadership in the Catholic sectorâ with journalist Geraldine Doogue AO.
Bishop Vincent Long, Bishop of Parramatta, joined journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue for a conversation on âWhat it means to be a Catholic organisation in a post-Royal Commission world.â
Guest Lecturer: Marcelle Mogg | Respondent: Doug Knez