Thursday, December 13, 2012

Advent Calendar: Charity/Volunteer Work

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past three years (2009, 2010, and 2011), and rather than simply re-post, I'm going to link to the older posts, and - when applicable - post about something else that's somewhat related.

I'm still running a day behind, and hope to catch up later today.

The prompt for yesterday was: December 12 – Charitable/Volunteer Work
Did your family ever volunteer with a charity such as a soup kitchen, homeless or battered women’s shelter during the holidays? Or perhaps were your ancestors involved with church groups that assisted others during the holiday?

In past years, I've written about my paternal great-grandfather, Frederick Henry Massmann (1975-1948), and his investiture in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great for his works and generosity in the Roman Catholic Church.  Today, I have some news articles about that event:
from The New World, 27 May 1932, page 3

from the Chicago Daily Tribune, 31 May 1932, page 8
Yet another article from The New World, a newspaper published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, from May 29, 1931 (page 1), shortly after Massmann had been named a "K.S.G." (Knight of St. Gregory), described him as follows:

"Frederick H. Massmann, prominent Catholic layman, is widely known in the work of the Chicago Holy Name Society and the Catholic Salvage Bureau.  Mr. Massmann is a member of the executive committee of the Holy Name Society and was recently elected president of the Archdiocesan Union [of parish Holy Name Societies].

His activities in the field of business and banking have made him a valuable personage in furtherance of the vast program of the Holy Name Society.  In addition to his work as first vice president of the National Tea Company, he is a director of the Central Trust Company of Illinois and a director of the Philip State Bank and Trust Company.  Mr. Massmann resides at Lunt and Ridge avenues."

The article at left from the May 31, 1932 Chicago Daily Tribune (with accompanying page 1 photo below) had this description of the ceremonies the previous day:

"During the benediction pronounced by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas P. Bona, Eagle scouts bearing American flags were grouped about the altar.  More than 2.500 scouts, representing 200 troops of the entire archdiocese were present."  Massmann was also very active with the Boy Scouts in the Chicago area.

As for the Holy Name Technical School (now Lewis University), the establishment towards which Massmann contribured $5,000:  

"When completed the school will have 12 buildings on the 160 acre tract...It is expected that the first class will be organized during the summer.  Already several thousand applications for admission have been received.  From these about 500 worthy boys will be enrolled.  They will be housed, fed, clothed, and taught a trade.  The age limit for admission is 14 years.

The school will be maintained by the Holy Name society and by revenue from the Catholic Salvage bureau."
from the Chicago Daily Tribune, 31 May 1932, page 1

© Amanda Pape - 2012 - click here to e-mail me.

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