Holy Name Society
Our Holy name Society (HNS) was first organized on February 28, 1928 under the founding pastor of our parish,
Fr. Alexis Gorski, and received its charter on March 4, 1948. In November of 1997 it became the seventh local HNS
to enter the newly organized Chicago Association of Holy Name Societies (CAHNS), which now links thirty-five such
parish groups. It is proud to be a part of an international organization concerned with the respect and
veneration of the name of Jesus. It has served an important role in the parish for many years.
A basic goal of the Holy Name has been to assist its members in their spiritual growth, by encouraging
frequent reception of Holy Communion as well as providing yearly days of recollection. Other religious
activities, particularly over the last twenty-five years, have included sponsoring an Eastern Rite Mass,
supplying leadership for Lenten and October rosary devotions, and providing movies and many speakers on
religious themes. Holy Name men of other south side parishes instituted the practice of conducting
Spiritual Assemblies eighteen years ago.
In the last few years Holy Namers of St. Bruno Parish have
also supported and participated in these events, as well as recent Days of Recollection sponsored by CAHNS.
Also, during the last twenty-five years the St. Bruno Holy Name Society has performed a service for our
parish by sponsoring social activities such as picnics, dinner dances, smokers, and baseball, football,
basketball, hockey and golf outings. Through some of these activities our Holy Name has been able to
financially help support various parish projects as well as lend support to some community organizations.
In the last twenty-five years, the St. Bruno Holy Name Society has worked under the guidance of the
following chaplains: Fr. Al Baranowski, Fr. Norman Trela, Fr. Ed Harasim, Fr. Ed Szlanga, Fr. Steve Kanonik,
Fr. Tom Bujanowski and the current chaplain, Fr. Ernie Ciemiega.
The Holy Name is grateful to
Our Lord for the many dedicated, hard-working members and leaders who have contributed to its success.
It is our prayer that, beginning with this special jubilee year, He will bless us again in order to continue
to do His work by serving our members and all the people of God at St. Bruno Parish.