Men's Society

Supporting social and intellectual leadership

Purpose-driven fellowship

The Holy Cross Men's Society was established: 

  • to promote social and intellectual leadership within the parish and the community;
  • to assist and make recommendations to the pastor concerning the welfare of the parish;
  • to provide a mechanism by which parish functions may be implemented and executed;
  • to promote charity and scholarship in the parish and the community; and
  • to serve as a role model organization within the parish and the community.

In the early 1980’s, the members adopted a constitution and by-laws and changed the name to the Men’s Society. Over the years, the Holy Cross Men’s Society has seized many opportunities to serve the Church and the Durham community while simultaneously enhancing the understanding of the Catholic faith and spirit among the non-Catholics within the Triangle Area. At one time, they were especially known for their grilled ribs and other meats. They have periodically revived their grilling, including as a fundraiser for the parish's 75th Anniversary Revival in September 2015.

Membership is open to any male age 18 and older who is in concurrence with the purposes of the organization, as stated above. Membership is not limited to men of the Catholic faith. 

The Men's Society meets on the first Saturday of each month at 6:00 PM, at Holy Cross.

The original members

Fr. Francis Scherer, S.J., formed the Men’s Club in 1968.  The original members were:

  • Eddie Anderson
  • Chapin Baldwin
  • Charles Blackmon
  • Frank Bowens
  • Dr. Norman Cordice
  • Robert Duncan
  • Henry Garner
  • Sterling Gordon
  • Corteland Graham
  • Parham Shtaw, Sr.
  • George Thorne
  • Albert Willis 
  • Frank Wright
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