Celebrate 70 Fun Fact: Holy Name Society

Posted on May 23, 2023 by Published by

OLW’s Holy Name Society was organized on August 18, 1952. John J. Barrett was appointed charter president. As a departure from evening meetings, Fr. Harold T. O’Hara, pastor and spiritual advisor, held meetings at the monthly communion breakfast. Each breakfast meeting featured a short talk on a topic of interest from a prominent speaker.

Holy Name Society Charter Officers. Seated (l. to r.) J. Sweeney, 2nd Vice President; John J. Barrett, President; William J. McNeil, 1st Vice President. Standing (l. to r.) James R. Howard, Secretary; Philip J. Cullen, Marshal; Jacob A. Marino, Treasurer


Holy Name Society Officers 1953-54. Seated (l. to r.): James R. Howard, 1st Vice President; William J. McNeil, President; Philip J. Cullen, 2nd Vice President. Standing: Jacob A. Marino, Treasurer; Robert F. Lonze, Secretary; Dr. Anthony J. Prasnikar, Marshal


Rev. Harold T. O’Hara, pastor of our Lady of the Wayside church, Arlington Heights, describes blue prints of the proposed new parish school to a group of Holy Name Society members. Funds for the erection of the building were supplemented by the parish’s card party and dance held at the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, April 17, 1953.


Holy Name Society Officers 1954-55. Seated (l. ro r.) Dr. Anthony J. Prasnikar, 1st Vice President; Philip J. Cullen, President. Standing: Joseph Grant, Marshal; Robert F. Lonze, 2nd Vice President; Paul Barnes, Secretary. Absent: Matthew J. Brost, Treasurer


Holy Name Society attending OLW Fashion Show (1958). Front Row Milt Waxstein, Jack Garrity, Carmen Duro, ?, Jim Howard, Ted Koenig. Back Row: Steve Murphy, Chuck Cronin, Ted Kleisner, ?, Bob Dubel, ?, Ralph Gregory, Dick Drolet, Russ Tomei


Holy Name Society Officers 1976-77.


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