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.

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.

Scholarship Announcement: 21 in ‘21

The National Kolping Board has announced a scholarship program for 2021. Guidelines and applications will be available on the website on March 15th.
Click here 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.

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