Kolping Society honors friars

Friars Marcel Groth and Bruno Kremp were honored for Meritorious Service at the annual banquet of the Cincinnati Branch of the Catholic Kolping Society of America. At the same meeting, SJB Province Nurse Michelle Viacava was welcomed as a new member.

Br. Marcel, whose German ancestors came to Detroit in the 1840s, was recognized for his work with the Saengerchor (Kolping’s choir) and the annual festival, Schutzenfest.

Fr. Bruno, who immigrated from Germany in the 1940s with his parents, is local and National Praeses (spiritual adviser) for Kolping. "It’s nice to have recognition like that," says Bruno. "It’s also part of the job."

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