Philadelphia Kolping Society History
Leonard Keis and Joseph Betz were the co-founders of the society on April 25, 1925. The first headquarters were in the Volksverein Hall, 1213 N. Randolph Street in St. Peter's Parish. From there, the first move was made to St. Bonaventure Parish and then to St. Henry’s Parish, where we were welcomed by the pastor, the Rev. Henry E. Koenes, himself an immigrant from Germany.
Probably the most important milestone in the Kolping Society of Philadelphia was the opening of the Kolping House and Park at 5400 Rising Sun Avenue in 1953 blessed by Praeses Msgr. Henry E. Koenes. The Kolping House was a stone building with a seating capacity of about 150 people. On the second and third floors about a dozen men made their home. Over the years, the Kolping House had also become the meeting place of many other local organizations.
However, it was not the first Kolping House for the Philadelphia society. The first one was at 4900 N. 5th Street, acquired in 1931. The next was at 5330 Rising Sun Avenue in 1933, followed by 4501 N. Reese Street, in 1941. The Kolping House was at 1285 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA until 2011. Today we are a Haus Verein at Cannstatter V.V., 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA.
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.
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.
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