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Membership

Membership

The Holy Name Society is the popular name for the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus. It is fundamentally and essentially a spiritual organization for Catholic men founded to teach, spread and defend the Faith of Christ, through a very special devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ!

The purpose of the Holy Name Society is to give honor to the Most Sacred Names of God and Jesus and to assist members to grow in holiness and achieve their personal salvation.

The Holy Name Society in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis embraces Catholic men from all walks of life. Membership is open to all Catholic males over the age of eighteen.

Proper Member Formation

Before their induction into full membership at the formal Induction Ceremony, recruited candidates or novitiates, must learn about and understand the Obligations of Membership in the Confraternity.

The Formation Director of the Parish Society should contact each of the novice-members to assist them in learning the history, purpose, mission, Spiritual Benefits of membership, Obligations of Membership and the Holy Name Pledge before the formal Induction Ceremony. They should be given a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Parish Society so they fully understand the purpose of the Confraternity and how it is governed.

During their novitiate (trial period), novice-members should demonstrate their sincerity and commitment by attending all spiritual conferences, devotional activities and assemblies.

Professed Members

Candidates or Novitiates become fully Professed Members of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus following their promises made at the Induction Ceremony. Professed members should be given a copy of the Official Holy Name Manual and a blessed Holy Name lapel pin. The names of the professed members must be written in ink in the Official Register of the Holy Name Society. The Spiritual Director or the priest conducting the induction ceremony should sign and date the page containing the signatures. After the induction ceremony the candidates become professed members in the Confraternity of the most Holy Names of God and Jesus and now obtain the graces, indulgences, rights, benefits and spiritual benefits of membership.

The Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus exists to help its members grow in holiness toward achieving their personal salvation.