This is our Blessed Adolph Kolping Plaque depicting the Blessed Adolph Kolping (1813-1865) who was a German Catholic priest who started the Catholic labor movement for underprivileged young workers and youth in Germany. He was beatified (made “Blessed”) by Pope John Paul II in 1991. This bronze plaque is a great gift for a first communion, confirmation, birthday, or his feast day on December 4th.
A Bronze Wall Plaque in Two Sizes
Available in two sizes – small (p194k – 2 x 1.8 inches) and large (p400g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this solid bronze plaque hangs easily anywhere in study, home or office. This solid bronze plaque was designed and cast in Germany by a master bronze-smith.
Blessed Adolph Kolping – the “Father of All Apprentices”
In 1847 Adolf Kolping was elected the second president of the Catholic Association fo Journeymen, which provided young journeymen with religious and social support. In 1849 the Association of Journeymen in Cologne. In 1850 he united the existing associations of journeymen associations as the “Federation of Journeymen of the Rhine Region” (Rheinischer Gesellenbund). This was the origin of today’s international Kolpingwerk. Until his death in 1865, Blessed Adolf Kolping labored to promote the growth of the federation of journeymen associations. When he died, more than four hundred journeymen associations were thriving worldwide. Today, The International Kolping Society is the largest social federation in Germany with more than 275,000 members in 2,730 local “Kolping families” (Kolpingsfamilien). Based in Cologne, this organization is represented in 59 countries worlwide with more than 470,000 members, and divided into 5,000 or so Kolpingsfamilien.