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Candidates become fully Professed Members of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus following promises made at a special Induction Ceremony. The names of the Professed members must be written in ink in the Official Register of the Holy Name Society. The Spiritual Director or the priest conducting the induction ceremony should sign and date the page containing the signatures.


After the Induction Ceremony the candidates become Professed members in the Confraternity of the most Holy Names of God and Jesus and now obtain the graces, indulgences, rights, privileges and Spiritual Benefits of Membership.

To become a Novice member requires the candidate to fully believe and put into practice in their daily lives all of the promises specified in the Holy Name Pledge. The candidate must also fulfill any and all of the obligations and duties for a Novice Member as prescribed by the Parish, Deanery, (Arch)diocesan Holy Name Society with jurisdiction over the area the Novice resides.

Novice members may belong directly to the National Association if they reside in an area where there is no active Parish, Deanery or (Arch)diocesan Holy Name Society.

The following special form should be used to become a Novice member. The candidate wishing to become a Novice member in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus should sign this form in the presence of their parish priest and then send to the NAHNS at the following address:

The NAHNS has published the “Official Book of Ceremonies” for Holy Name Societies. This booklet contains all of the ceremonies necessary to erect a parish Holy Name Society, induct members into the Confraternity of the most Holy Name of God and Jesus, as well as a ceremony for Professed Members to renew their promises and a ceremony to officially install new officers of a parish or (Arch)Diocesan Holy Name Society.

To preview this booklet, please click here.

The Holy Name Society is the popular name for the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus. It is fundamentally and essentially a spiritual organization for Catholics – lay and religious. The purpose of the Holy Name Society is to give honor to the Most Sacred Names of God and Jesus and to assist members to grow in holiness and achieve their personal salvation.


Holy Name Society members promote devotion to the most Holy Name of Jesus. The Holy Name Society embraces Catholics from all walks of life. Membership is open to all Catholics over the age of eighteen.


Membership in the Holy Name Society is open to all Catholics, lay faithful, clergy, and religious over the age of 18. They must be firm believers in all that the Catholic Church believes and teaches and put these teachings into practice in their daily lives. These beliefs of the Catholic faith are expressed in the Credo of the People of God, Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio, Solemni Hac Liturgia (Credo Of The People Of God) Of The Supreme Pontiff Paul VI, June 30, 1968

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