What is the Italian Catholic Federation?
The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is a religious-social-heritage organization formed in 1924 by Luigi Providenza, an Italian immigrant, and Rev. Albert Bandini, a priest and Italian literary scholar.
The organization is composed of branches located in parishes. It has a Board of Directors, known as the Central Council, which guides the direction of the ICF.
Anyone can join provided they are practicing Catholics. Italians and non-Italians are welcome to be part of our membership.
The organization works with the parish, helping it in any way it can. The ICF also has a Scholarship program, our national charity Cooley's Anemia, a Seminary Burse Program where donations are presented to the bishop of the diocese every year for the education of seminarians, and The Gifts of Love Program where donations are made to developmentally disabled persons. The ICF also offers a hospitalization plan.
The patron saints of the organization are St. Francis Xavier Cabrini and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The organization has a newspaper "The Bollettino" that is published 11 times a year. The ICF also has a website, www.icf.org, that details up-to-date information about the organization.
(Submitted by Lauren Kilcullen, ICF Grand Secretary.)
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