43rd National Kolping Convention a success!

Check out the October Banner to read all about it.


Kolping Aid for Ukraine

The KOLPING aid for Ukraine roll! With a lot of courage, Monica, Eduard and Cornelius from KOLPING Romania brought the first aid supplies across the Ukrainian border, including clothing, medicine and food that are urgently needed on site. In the social kitchen of the Kolping Family Czernowitz, the food is already being cooked together. A total of 350 hot meals are supposed to go out there today to feed hungry people. And the aid supplies from Romania have also already arrived at other final recipients, reports Vasyl Savka, Managing Director of KOLPING Ukraine. The night was also quiet, there were no siren alarms and the people in Chernivtsi could finally sleep peacefully. Meanwhile, KOLPING Poland is happy about an extremely generous gift: The manager of a transport company handed over a Sprinter to the Association for Ukraine Emergency Aid, which offers plenty of space for relief supplies and 18 refugees. Thank you for this valuable logistical support!

Please continue to donate to KOLPING INTERNATIONAL’s Ukraine emergency aid: www.kolping.net/ukraine

Post from KOLPING Internacional on Facebook see link. https://www.facebook.com/100064447701709/posts/326703982821189/


Who We Are

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

2022 Lenten Project

Our 2022 Lenten Project was, once again, a success.  Members donations helped support our Kolping brothers and sisters in Kenya during an incredibly challenging year of COVID, drought and economic downturn.  We are proud to be able to assist with their programs encouraging self-sufficiency.  We will continue our efforts in 2023.  Thank you to all who contributed.
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 – 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