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.
The Holy Name Society is committed to helping its members grow in holiness through devotion to the most Holy Name of Jesus. Members of this fraternity are called to be leaders, to cleanse themselves in the sacrament of penance, strengthen themselves with the most Holy Eucharist, nourish their souls on Sacred Scripture, increase their desire for divine love through prayer, and lead their families, friends, and coworkers to Christ Jesus by their acts of charity and piety.
If you are a Catholic over the age of 18, please consider joining the Holy Name Society – join your prayers with others so that the Most Holy Name of Jesus can be venerated – our prayers will be heard!
Served as VP before coming President. Also served as treasurer, President and current Booster Chair for FHM HNS. Also been FHM Man of the year 3 times. Married 44 yrs with 2 children. Also served the BSA at Pathway to adventure Council.
Member of St. Constance Parish (Chicago) Holy Name Society since 2002.
President of HNS 2006-08.
HNS Executive Board Member since 2003 in various offices
Manuel is our current board member since 2012. He is a member of Holy Cross -Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Holy Name Society. He was a past president and currently the Treasurer there. He is responsible for our current Holy Hour and special Seniors Mass. He is been a local resident of the Back of the Yards for many years as well.
Jim Matthews is serving his second term as CAHNS’ Secretary. He also helps the CAHNS Newsletter by contributing articles now and then.
A member of HNS at St. Cletus in LaGrange, Jim has served four terms as local President, plus two as secretary and one as treasurer. He is active in the Compassionate Care Ministry, leading vigil prayers at Wakes in area funeral homes.
He served one term on the Pastor’s Advisory Board, and he’s active in the local Respect Life ministry. Jim helps ushers at 7 a.m. Sunday Mass.
Research Professor of World Christianity and African studies at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, DePaul University, Chicago. He is an honorary Professor of Religion and Theology at the Durham University, Durham, England and the 2017 winner of the Afro-Global Excellence Award for Global Leadership. He is the President of the Canadian Samaritans for Africa, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Concilium International where he also serves as the co-editor of Concilium Online Catholic International Journal. Some of his most recent books are: Church and Development in Africa (2014); A Poor and Merciful Church (2018); Wealth, Health, and Hope in African Christian Religion; (2019), and Someone Beautiful to God: Finding the light of Faith in a Wounded World (2020). He co-edited the three-volume work, Faith in Action in Africa and is the author of the forthcoming book, Discourse on Theology, Church and Society in Africa vol I: Where is God in Africa?
Executive Board Member
My wife Kathy and I are married with one daughter, Amy . I have been an officer for the Chicago Holy Name Chapter since 2013 . I started out as the recording secretary until 2015, and I am now a board member . My home parish is St. Gerald in Oak Lawn where I am active in our Holy Name . This year I am co-chair for the Chicago Chapter Spiritual Assembly to be held at our Parish. I have also sung in my Church Choir for over twenty years . I had been teaching Religious Ed to second graders for sixteen years , where I really enjoyed helping them prepare for their Sacraments. I am also active in the Mother McAuley Father’s Club where I have been a member for fifteen years. I also work at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, where I started volunteering after I retired from the United States Postal Service after 36 years.
Sargent at Arms