Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Winners

We are very proud to announce this year’s scholarship winners. Thanks to our Executive Board, we can distribute two extra awards, making the total distribution $28,000 for Scholarship recipients will receive $3,000 if attending a college, university or trade school and $1,000 if a senior in high school. This year we had 21 applications. Applicants who did not receive a scholarship award, will receive a $100 gift card, as a thank you for their participation and (hopefully) encouragement to participate in the Jr. Meet-Up in September. We believe, and it was expressed in many of the scholarship responses, that helping our younger people attain their educational and career goals is a great investment aligning directly with Father Kolping’s values.

Congratulations to: Stephani Ahrnsen – Cincinnati Kolping, Andrew Linden – Detroit Kolping, Jaycie LaValley – Detroit Kolping, Matthew Mayer – Chicago Kolping, Stephanie Mayer – Chicago Kolping, Isabella Miccio – San Francisco Kolping, Edward Musbach – Cincinnati Kolping, Erin Reynolds – New York Kolping, Sara Schnetzer – Cincinnati Kolping, Chad Smith – Cincinnati Kolping

Below is an excerpt from one of the essays:

“Trying to solve the challenges our society faces can feel like trying to seize the wind that whistles past your ear. However, we would be wise to grab ahold of Kolping’s advice: “the greater the challenge, the more resolute one must become.” In a fast-paced, technology focused society, we often expect instant gratification. We can rebut this claim by examining Kolping’s arduous journey to priesthood. It was through hard work that he eventually reached his goal despite opposition.”

SAVE THE DATE — Jr. Kolping Meet-Up

Calling all Kolping families!

We would love to hear from you, your kids, your grandkids and/or younger family members on how we can encourage younger people to join and volunteer with the Kolping.

When: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Time: 7:00 EST/ 4:00 PST
How: Zoom — use the button below!
What: An overview of our initiative from the 2022 convention with opportunities for participants to express ideas, opinions and (hopefully) assist in moving forward

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 or texting 914 432-2535

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 SAN FRANCISCO — Kolping Hall, 440 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116

Saturday, September 16 – Oktoberfest Lunch & Bingo – 12:30–4:00 pm, RSVP to
Saturday, October 21 – Halloween Preview Bingo & Fun – Kolping on Hudson
Saturday, November 18 – Day of Thanks Lunch & Bingo – 12:30–4:00 pm, RSVP to

KOLPING CINCINNATI — Additional information available at

Thursday, September 14 – Oktoberfest Lunch & Bingo – 5:00–9:00 pm at Clovernook Country Club, 2035 Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45239
Reservations Requested by September 6th, Christine at or, by phone 513.521.0333
Friday-Sunday, September 22-24 – 1931 Invitational Soccer Tournament

Are you traveling the world any time soon?

Did you know that many of our Kolping families have hostels, camps and other lodging for rent?

Before you plan your trip, check out the Kolping directory of lodging around the world. It might lead you to a magical village you otherwise didn’t know existed or introduce you to new friends and acquaintances. The full directory of Kolping lodging can be found on the International Kolping website: For a quick peek, click here:

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