Formation of a Parish Holy Name Society
Forming a Holy Name Society for your parish is a rewarding activity. However, it requires energy, a core set of like minded individuals and a supportive parish priest.
The steps involved in formation of a properly chartered Holy Name Society include:
Obtain information on the Purpose, Spiritual Benefits of Membership, Obligations of Membership, and other key information on the Confraternity of the Holy Name of Jesus
Schedule a meeting with the Pastor of your parish to review this key information. Obtain his permission to proceed with the formation of a Holy Name Society in the parish.
If you live in the Archdiocese of St. Paul / Minneapolis, ask the Pastor to write a formal letter requesting the formation of a Holy Name Society
in your parish. The letter should be sent to:
The Holy Name Society Charter Coordinator will send you an official letter providing you the date your parish Confraternity was officially chartered. If your parish has started before 1960, there is an excellent chance that the Parish was already chartered. If your parish has not previously been chartered, you will be provided with information on how to get your parish Holy Name Society properly chartered.
While you are waiting for the charter to arrive, form an oversight organization (council or board), which should include a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and a spiritual director (required) It is highly recommended the spiritual director be the Pastor or Parochial Vicar from the parish.
Begin enlisting members. This will require you to energize people to be involved. It will most likely take a little time and effort. Schedule conferences that include topics that help your members grow in holiness and obtain their personal salvation. If you would like a member from the Archdiocesan Association of Holy Name Societies to help with a kick-off session, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formally induct members into the confraternity. Your priest can induct members at your parish through the official induction ceremony - see tab on this web site. Or, members can be inducted through the Archdiocesan Association of Holy Name Societies at the annual Induction Ceremony which is typically held on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
At this point, you’re in business as a Holy Name Society. Go forth to teach, spread and defend the Faith of Christ.