Sunday, May 18, 2014

52 Ancestors #20: 1916 Holy Name Society (Wallaceburg, Ontario)

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year's Challenge: "Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

This week I am choosing the photograph below which was passed down by our Coughlin ancestors. The photograph, dated 1916, is titled “Holy Name Society: Our Lady of Help Church”; Wallaceburg, Ontario

I know nothing of the Holy Name Society. I know there were many such societies for men in the Catholic Church: Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society and St. Vincent De Pauls Society etc. (There is a Catholic Women's League for women) To learn more about the Holy name Society, I benefited from an online book "Seasons of Grace: A History of the Catholic Archdioces of Detroit"

I also benefited from information found at :

The Society of the Holy Name

"The Society of the Holy Name, formally known as the Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus, is a Roman Catholic confraternity of the laity and is one of several which are under the care of the Dominican Order. It is open to all Catholic adults. The primary object of the society is to beget reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ; it is also dedicated to making reparations, in particular, for blasphemy, perjury and immorality.


Membership is open to practicing Catholics over the age of 18. Members of the Society must first pass through a Novitiate, or formation, stage before becoming professed members and undergoing the Induction Ceremony"


The Mission Statement of the Society states that: 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.

Great Grandfather Coughlin is somewhere in this photo. I have had no luck locating him.
(See: 52 Ancestors #20 Update)

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