Holy Name Society Events

Msgr. Maguire Scholarship Essay Contest 2017

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to all the Senior Students who participated in this year's essay contest. The winners for this year's contest were Austin C. Besch Winner; First Runner Up: Joseph J. Dombrowski; and Second Runner Up: Mairead D. Farrell. The theme was "Does Your Attendance At Mass Meet With All Your Expectations?"

Annual Family Day at the Ball Park 2017

This year's Family Day at the Ballpark, our Bisons will be playing the Louisville team. The game will be held Sunday, July 30, at 1:05 p.m. Cost of ticket $7.50 per person, these are for reserved seats. Tickets are available, call our office at 847-2201-2202.  Our office is open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.

Awards Banquet 2017

Our Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, October 15, at Kiebzak's and Beginning Banquet Facilities. Our Honorees for this year's event is Reverend Robert W. Zilliox Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish; Reverend Jeffrey L. Nowak, Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent De Paul Parish; and Reverend Sean Paul Fleming, Parochial Vicar at St. Amelia Parish. Tickets cost will be $45.00 per person (non-refundable) which include an open bar from 5 p.m. till 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Family Style. Following the awards event the bar will once again be open for one additional hour. This banquet is open to everyone.

The 47th Annual National Holy Name Convention

This year's National Association of Holy Name Society will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 20-24, 2017. The convention hotel is the Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites located in downtown Minneapolis, registration fee for this year's convention is $250.00 per person. Additional information can be answered by calling the Diocesan Holy Name Office.

International Breakfast 2017

The International Breakfast was hosted by the St. John Gualbert Holy Name Society. We thank everyone who attended this yearly event with our Canadian Brothers in Canada this year. Next year's event for 2018 will be hosted by the Canadian Holy Name Society in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Diocesan Local Convention 2017

This event will be held on Saturday, December 2, once again at St. Andrews Parish located on Crocker Street in Sloan, New York. It starts at 8:45 a.m. with a procession to church with HNS banners. Mass will begin at 9 a.m. the main celebrant  and co-celebrants to be announced The registration desk will be open following the mass and a Continental Breakfast will be served. Guest Speakers will be announced later.  The convention is expected to end by 2:30 p.m. The cost is $20.00 per person for a Continental Breakfast and a Luncheon.   Call the Diocesan Office for ticket reservation 847-2201 or 2202 in November.

Healing Mass Services 2017

This year it will be held on Sunday, November 26, at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, New York at 1:30 p.m. Father Paul Sabo will celebrate the mass. Following the services and the anointing a short prayer service will be held at the Blessed John of Vercelli Statue which is located on the Avenue of Blessed and Saints. Lunch is available at the Cafeteria at your expense. The beautiful Catholic Store will also be open for your personal purchases and the Festival of Lights will be lite by 5 p.m. Call if you will be attending.

St. Patrick's Parade Notice 2017

This year the Diocesan Union of the Holy Name Societies did not participate in the parade. Unless there is some interest from members of the various parish Holy Name Societies for the year 2018 parade we will not participate once again. Please attend the parade each year if you enjoy seeing the floats and variety of marching groups.

Diocesan Marian Tribute

We will post the date for 2018 when it becomes available to us. Each year it seems that more and more people have taken the time to come to the Cathedral for this event. It shows just how much love we all have for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue to pray to the Blessed Mother for love, guidance, and health.

Annual Retreat for all the Men in the Diocese of Buffalo and Canada (You Do Not Have to be a Holy Name Member for 2017)

Father Paul P. Sabo, Spiritual Moderator of the Diocesan Holy Name Society in Buffalo, and Father Peter Rowe. Spiritual Moderator for the Canadian Diocese. will be conducting a "Retreat" at the Christ the King Seminary on Friday, September 15; Saturday, September 16; and Sunday, September 17 at a nominal cost of $140.00 per person. This cost covers housing, meals, and seminars for the three days. This year's guest speaker will be Deacon Bill Hynes. If you are interested please call the Diocesan Office at 847-2201 or Father Paul Sabo at 604-4948. The seminary is limited to 60 men so get your reservation in early.

Would You Like to Host a Meeting of the Executive Board

Reservations are now being taken by our Diocesan Office for Hosting an Executive meeting for the year of 2018.  Just call our Downtown Office. The Executive Board will be meeting every Three Months, on the Third Monday of that Month at 7 p.m. Sharp, except in the months of July, August and December.

We will update this website with new information as it becomes available to us. Share any of your events with emembers, families, friends and supporters of the Holy Name Society by calling them into the Diocesan Office at 847-2201.

Have you ever been asked this question, "Who are these men of the Holy Name Society in our parishes?"

The Holy Name Society promotes the honor and glory of our divine God and the personal sanctification of the members by acts of Love and Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The spirited life of its members is a perpetual act of reverence and love.

The Holy Name Society believes in the faith of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium. Loyalty to one's country and respect for all lawful authority, both civil and religious.

Our members perform the Corporal Works of Mercy; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend to the sick, visit those in prison and bury the dead.  As well as the Spiritual Works of Mercy to covert sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the wayward, comfort the sorrowing, bear adversity patiently, forgive offenses and pray for the living and the dead on a parochial, Diocesan and National level.

Monthly fund raising drawing

If you would like to support our Diocesan Union Holy Name Society program, please give us a call, at 847-2202.  The monthly drawing tickets are a nominal cost of $3.00 each. The prizes are $25.00 per day and on (3) Special Sundays $50.00 and on (1) Sunday- $100.00 in addition to any number above or below will receive $5.00 as well. All numbers are drawn by the D.U.H.N.S. each day.

The Objectives

The Holy Name Society is an established Confraternity of the Church. 

A Confraternity is a voluntary association of the faithful, established and guided by competent ecclesiastical authorities, for the promotion of the special works of Christian charity of piety.  The observance of the rules of Confraternity is not binding in conscience, nor does their neglect deprive a person of membership. From Blessed John of Vercelli and the zealous impetus with which he fostered the Holy Name devotion came finally the Confraternity of the Holy Name Society.

Principal Objectives of the Holy Name Society include the following:

  1. To honor the Name of God and of Jesus Christ by example of a strictly Catholic Life
  2. To spread devotion and increase love for the Sacred Name of Jesus
  3. To suppress blasphemy, profane, and indecent language.
  4. To prevent false oaths, in and out of court.
  5. To impart courage to Catholic men in the profession of their faith.

The Vocation of Every Man is to help perform the Works of Christ among his Fellow Man.

God the Father needs man to fulfill his plan of creation.

God the Son needs man to fulfill his plan of Redemption.

God the Holy Spirit needs man to fulfill his plan of Sanctification. 

The Holy Pledge

Blessed be God
Blessed be His Holy Name
Blessed be Jesus Christ, True God, True Man
Blessed be the Name of Jesus
I Believe O'Jesus that though are the Christ the Son of the Living God
I Proclaim My Love for the Vicar of Christ on Earth
I Believe all the Sacred Truths
Which the Holy Catholic Church Believes and Teaches
I Promise to Give Good Example by the Regular Practice of My Faith
In Honor of His Divine Name I Pledge Myself Against Perjury, Blasphemy, Profanity and Obscene Speech
I Pledge My Loyalty to the Flag of My Country and to the God Given Principles of Freedom, Justice and and Happiness, for which it Stands
I Pledge My Support to all Lawful Authority, Both Civil and Religious
I Dedicate Myself to the Honor of the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ and Beg that He Will Keep Me Faithful to These Pledges Until Death
Blessed John of Vercelli
Pray for Us

If any man would like to become a member, speak to your pastor, a member of the parish Holy Name Society or call our diocesan downtown office.

Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies
795 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203-1250
Phone: 716-847-2201 or 2202
Fax No. 716-847-2206

If you need any information regarding anything about the Holy Name Society for your parish society give me a call at 847-2201 or send me an e-mail: