Kolping 2023 Scholarship Program

The National Kolping is proud to announce its 2023 Scholarship Program. This program is open to all active members of the Kolping Society and their immediate family members. To be considered active, members must have joined their local Kolping family at least two years ago and are current in their annual dues. Immediate family members are spouses/partners, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This scholarship aims to provide financial support to students entering their senior year in high school in the Fall, as well as individuals attending accredited colleges, universities and/or trade schools.

You will be asked to complete an application, with submissions due by April 30th. The scholarships are as follows: high school seniors – $1,000; college, university and/or trade school students – $3,000. If you were awarded the college/university/trade school scholarship last year, you will not be eligible to submit an application this year. Anyone receiving scholarships in 2020 or 2021 may apply again. Winners will be announced at the end of May.

Please encourage eligible students to apply! We wish everyone the best of luck. If you have any questions, feel free to email kolpingus@gmail.com.

Activities Around the U.S.

Kolping is all about family. If you are traveling and find yourself in a city that has a Kolping Family, consider joining one of their events! Here are some upcoming events around the country:

KOLPING NEW YORK Additional information available by emailing kolpingny@gmail.com or texting 914 432-2535

Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day Luncheon and Mass – Kolping on Hudson
Saturday July 15 – Tropical Night Dinner Dance – Kolping on Hudson
Sunday September 3 – Oktoberfest – Kolping on Hudson
Saturday, September 23 – Harvest Festival – Kolping on Hudson
Sunday December 3 – St. Nickolaus Mass, Luncheon and Visit from Santa – Kolping 88th Street

KOLPING CINCINNATI Visit kolpingcincinnati.com for additional information

June 16-18 – Schützenfest

2023 Lenten Project – Kolping Kenya

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our 2023 National Lenten Project. We are grateful to all who have contributed. As approved at the 2018 National Convention the Endowment Fund will add $7,500 to all donations which have been collected.

FINAL TOTAL — $18,535
Brooklyn & Queens Kolping Society — $400
Philadelphia Kolping Society — $500
San Francisco Kolping Society — $5,000

Walter Amrein
Rose Marie Azinheira
Robert F. Bauer
Arlene Bushner
William Ebinger
Lisa Brinkmann & Andy Eggler
Peter Bruegger & Family
Susan Carr
Antonio Cervantes
Lucille & Nicholas Colletti
Edelbert & Caecilia Cohn
Richard Conticello
Willaim Conte
Gerald & Shirley Costanza
Joan & Ted Dengler
Katrina Dengler
Gary & Mary Frances Dolland
Barbara Eckart
Rosemarie & Alfons Eilers
Patricia Farkas
Henry & Donna Faulk
Pat & Chris Gerage
Robert Gesell
Mary Goehringer
Betty Grammich
Barbara Grimm
Irene & Michael Hasenfranz
Margaret Heller

Joseph & Elfriede Hoefferle
Ronald Seelbach
Alois & Carol Ideler
Max & Roberta Keck
Julie Kessler
Naria Kohne
Renee Kouchakji
Renee Kouchakji
Gerry Kreutzjans
Janet Talkers Kuhl
Sonia Kulesza
Victoria & Michael Longworth
Donna McDonagh
Deacon Bill & Christine McLoughlin
Laura Mahrenholz
Chuck & Lin Merk
Jessica Meyer
Valerie & Gary Meyer
James E. Minarik
Frances Murphy
Linda Ohland
Clara Ostendorf
Angela Pohlabeln
Bob & Beth Pohlabeln
Alfonse Preisser
Bernhard & Christina Preisser
Norma Regenold
John & Elizabeth Reitter

Katherine Reslmaier
John & Evelyn Rodriguez
Al Sartorius
Valentine Sartorius
Manfred Schnetzer
Helene Schrand
Scott & Ivette Stahl
Christopher Schurrer
Ronald Seelbach
Hermann J, Senger
Irmgard Sommer
Mariea Steigerwald
Dolores Stemper
Dilip & Janet Tripathy
Tracie Truncellito
Albert Tscherne
Katherine Voss
Donald & Barbara VanHove
Cathy Vennemeyer
Alfred Vogl
Patricia A. Wagner
Steve Weiderhold
Walter & Katherine Weigand
Monika & Wolfgang Weiss
Werner & Doris Wilke
Karl & Anita Wuerzinger
Ursula Younger
Ferdinand Zipprich

Who We Are

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


  • 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 – Helene Schrand, Cincinnati

Secretary – Barbara Hessler, 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

Henry Faulk – Cincinnati

Marilee Uhlhorn – Cincinnati

Monika Weiss – San Francisco

Wolfgang Weiss – San Francisco


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