National Kolping Convention:

The National Kolping Convention, scheduled for 2021 in Cincinnati, has been postponed until further notice. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and efforts in planning this event and truly hope to gather together soon. .

We hope you and your families are well and stay safe during this uneasy period due to the Coronavirus.

We keep our Kolping brothers and sisters in our prayers and hope for a quick return to normalcy.

Congratulations to our “21 in ‘21” Scholarship Winners

When we posed the question of whether we should offer a Kolping Scholarship again, many were a bit skeptical, as interest had waned considerably in the past years. Would anyone participate? Would our younger family members be interested in answering essay questions about themselves and Father Kolping? Well, we found out and the answer was a resounding “YES!”

The scholarship committee was extremely please to have received the 32 applications, and even more impressed with how much thought and introspection was reflected in the essay submissions. It was not easy making the final selections, but we all agreed it was a fair, transparent and unbiased process – one we hope we can repeat next year.

We would like to give a special thanks to our scholarship committee – Anna Stukenborg, Monika Weiss, Marilee Uhlhorn and Lisa Brinkmann for all their efforts, ideas and time reviewing and rating the applications. And thanks to Ted Wilke for getting the checks out so quickly and thereby allowing the committee to hit its deadlines and get all monies to the recipient by the end of June.

Below are the names and Kolping family affiliation of this year’s scholarship winners:

High School Seniors ($1,500): Alex Geoppinger – Cincinnati, Nicolas Mibach – San Francisco, Aidan Wienkamp – Cincinnati

College Students ($3,000): Stephanie Ahrnsen – Cincinnati, Elizabeth Hoerstmann – Cincinnati, Erika Kupper – Cincinnati, Stephanie Mayer – Chicago, Sydney Scott – San Francisco

Congratulations, and thank you to ALL applicants for your thoughtful submissions. — Lisa Brinkmann

Who We Are

The International Kolping Society was founded by Adolph Kolping as a Catholic, educational and action-oriented organization.

2021 Lenten Project

We are continuing our support of Kolping Kenya through contributions made to our Lenten Project. This effort is conducted nationally, with all members and families encouraged to make a small (or large) donation.
Click here to read more about the project and our impact on Kolping Kenya.


  • The Catholic Kolping Society of America is a non-profit organization which strives to carry out the ideals of Blessed Adolph Kolping in a way that is relevant to our times.
  • The work of the Kolping Society is aimed at the holistic development of the individual and family. Its members are offered opportunities and assistance in all aspects of life.
  • The Kolping Society is a place within our world which enables one to enhance the sacredness of one’s life. In the Kolping Society, one is provided an opportunity to share one’s problems as well as one’s knowledge and skills.
  • The Kolping Society seeks to help its members express Christian witness through their marriages, families, professions and leisure time activities and in so doing, seeks to help its members contribute to the betterment of our culture, society and church.
  • The Kolping Society aims to aid its members and society as a whole. It seeks to improve our society through activities which promote the good of all in a Christian atmosphere.
  • The Catholic Kolping Society of America is an inclusive organization which welcomes all who wish to practice the teachings of Christ through the traditions of the Catholic Church.

Mission Statement

We, the members of the Catholic Kolping Society of America, extend the vision of our founder, Blessed Adolph Kolping, by promoting the development of the individual and family; we foster a sense of belonging and friendship through our program of spiritual, educational, charitable and social activities.


President – Lisa Brinkmann, San Francisco

Vice President – Walter Amrein, Cincinnati

Secretary – Helene Schrand, Cincinnati

Treasurer – Ted Wilke, Cincinnati

National Praeses – Father Richard Bretone, New York

National Administrator – Patricia Farkas

Endowment Fund Chairman – Bernhard Preisser, New York

Endowment Fund Treasurer – Lisa Brinkmann, San Francisco

International Secretary – Dr. Markus Demele

International Praeses – Monsignor Ottmar Dillenburg


Lucille Colletti – New York

Frank Fon – Chicago

Jonathan Groll – Chicago

Robert Mayer – Chicago

Marilee Uhlhorn – Cincinnati


Father Michael Scherschel – Chicago

Father Richard Bretone – New York

Father Winfried Kellner – Rochester

Deacon William McLoughlin – San Francisco

North American Kolping Families

United States
National Officers



Kolping Society
at the United Nations

International Kolping Families





Patricia Farkas
1223 Van Houten Ave.
Clifton, NJ 07013