Join us at the 2024 Kolping National Convention!
LOCATION: St. Charles, Missouri
DATES: Friday, September 6 through Sunday September 8, 2024
Calling all Kolping members, family and friends! Join us for our bi-annual Kolping Convention, hosted in St. Charles, Missouri. While in St. Charles, we will take a boat ride on the mighty Mississippi and view St. Louis, the site of the first Kolping Family in the US. You will be able to visit with other Kolping family friends and acquaintences and most importantly, celebrate Kolping in the US. Let’s all work to keep the values of Blessed Father Kolping alive through this next century.
Deadline for registration is July 15th!! For more information and to register, click here.
Rest in Peace Pat Farkas
The National Kolping Board is very sad to share the news that our National Administrator, Patricia Farkas, passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2024. Read more about Pat and her history with the Kolping Society in the February Banner.
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 BROOKLYN — Additional information available at www.kolping.org/brooklyn
KOLPING CHICAGO — Additional information available at www.chicagokolping.com
KOLPING CINCINNATI — Additional information available at www.kolpingcincinnati.com
Friday, February 16th – Fish Fry 5:30 pm
Friday, February 23 – Fish Fry 5:30 pm
KOLPING NEW YORK — Additional information available by emailing email@example.com or texting 914 432-2535
Friday through Sunday, March 8-10 – NY Kolping Annual Family Ski Trip, Mount Snow, Vermont
KOLPING SAN FRANCISCO — Kolping Hall, 440 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116
Saturday, February 17th – Valentine’s Day Bingo – 1:30 – 4:00 pm
News from the International Convention
Cologne, Germany | September 28 – October 1, 2023
Over 153 delegates from 43 countries attended the XXXIV (34th) International Kolping Convention in Cologne (Bensburg), Germany. Ted Wilke, Kolping USA’s International Representative, and Lisa Brinkmann, Kolping USA’s President, attended this convening representing all of our Kolping families in the United States. Delegates stayed at the Kardinal-Schulte-Haus in Bensberg, where we had our meals together. READ MORE
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: https://www.kolping.net. For a quick peek, click here: https://www.kolping.net/en/about-us/kolping-hotels-worldwide/
2024 National Kolping Scholarship Program – to be posted March 31st
We are excited to announce our 2024 scholarship program. Applications and essay requirements will be posted to this site by March 31st, with submissions to be due by April 30th. Like in previous years, we will be awarding scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to winners attending a college, university or trade school and $1,000 to high school seniors. Last year we had 21 applications. We believe, and it was expressed in many of the scholarship responses, that helping our members and their families attain their educational and career goals is a great investment which aligns directly with Father Kolping’s values. Check back for more information.
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.
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 – to be determined
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 Dan Kroger – Cincinnati
Father Richard Bretone – New York
Father Winfried Kellner – Rochester
Deacon William McLoughlin – San Francisco