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The St. Joseph Society
Hamilton Ontario

The St. Joseph Society was founded on April 25,1937, by Rev. Bernard Ambrozic of Lemont, Illinois. The first president was Joseph Staresinic. His committee included Marta Kolenko, Ignac Horvat, Joe Vincec, John Horvat, Stefan Tivadar, Olga Kostric, and Father Bernard as spiritual director. Meetings took place in the hall of St. Stanislaus Polish Church, where Slovenian religious services were being held at that time. Mr. Staresinic served as president and committee member for over twenty years. His successors as president were Joseph Vuk, Martin Hanc, Paul Ruiid, Martin Farkas, and Frank Kozlar. A social and support group for immigrants, the society's function included the provision of social and financial assistance to members in case of illness or other difficulty.
In 1958 the society purchased a hall on Beach Road. Activities were terminated, however, after the parish of St. Gregory the Great was organized two years later. The hall was sold and the proceeds were donated to St. Gregory's building fund. From 1937 to 1960 the society held 165 meetings.