Updated 2005 Our U.S. Manual has a line that describes the Rule well: “It is a brief statement, internationally approved and drawn from over 150 years of Vincentian experiences, which describes the elements which are needed to maintain the unity of the Society.”
Frederic Ozanam encouraged the compilation of the first edition of the Manual of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in September 1845. This tradition has lived on, and now the 2007 edition of the Manual for the United States is offered to the members for their formation in the spirit and charism of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic. It is recommended for personal prayer as well as for reflection and sharing at Society meetings.
This Manual is a companion document to the Rule and Bylaws, and serves as the basis for the Ozanam Orientation.
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Chapter 2 – Vincentian Organization