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Membership

Purpose

The Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus (Holy Name Society) promotes reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ, obedience and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the personal sanctification and holiness of its members. Members are called to contribute to the evangelization mission of the Church and to make perpetual acts of reverence and love for our Lord and Savior. The apostolate of the society is to assist in parish ministries by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy: to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, and bury the dead; as well as the Spiritual Works of Mercy: to convert sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the wayward, comfort the sorrowing, bear adversity patiently, forgive offenses, and pray for the living and the dead.  

Apostolate

The apostolate of the Holy Name Society is to promote reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ and to assist parish ministries performing the Corporal Works and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

As members of the Holy Name Society – both individually and collectively in parish Societies – members are called to build the kingdom of God by teaching, spreading, and defending the Faith of Christ, through practicing and spreading a special devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

The Holy Name Society member through his spiritual and corporal works of mercy strives to become like the good servant (Matt 25:21) - never the unprofitable (Lk 17: 10) or the useless (Matt 25:29) servant.

To Teach the Faith of Christ

The Magisterium of the Catholic Church instructs spiritual organizations like the Holy Name Society that they have an important role in teaching the faith (Catechesi Tradendae, an Apostolic exhoration of Pope John Paul II on catechesis in our time).

The Vatican provides detailed information on the proper training and spiritual formation of any one who is to teach the Faith of Christ in the document Vatican Guide for Catechists

To Spread the Faith of Christ

Christ's last words to us were, "..go forth, therefore and make disciples of all nations..." The Holy Name Society as a Spiritual organization canonically recognized by the Church has an all important role in bringing the gospel to all (Apostolicam Actuositatem, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity.)

Charism

Canonical ties to the Order of St. Dominic give members of the Holy Name Society special charisms that stem directly from the holiness, piety, and good works of the many men who have consecrated their lives to Jesus Christ as Dominican Priests and Brothers. In a very special way members share in the tireless zeal for the salvation of souls of St. Dominic, the unsurpassed intellect and humility of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the sanctity and holiness of Blessed John of Vercelli. The Holy Name Society has been adorned with privileges, indulgences, and other apostolic graces by Pope Pius IV, Clement VIII, Innocent XI, Benedict XIV, Pius X, and Paul VI. The Magisterium of the Church has uniquely positioned the Holy Name Society within men’s apostolates within the Church.

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