Order Sons of Italy in America - Grand Lodge of the Northwest Sons of Italy
Order Sons of Italy in America - Grand Lodge of the Northwest
Order Sons of Italy in America - Grand Lodge of the Northwest  
Order Sons of Italy in America - Grand Lodge of the Northwest
 

Benvenuto!

  Cataldo Lodge #2280

  Bremerton, WA 

Members

Cataldo Lodge members are located on the Kitsap Peninsula, Washington. Current members reside in the towns of Allyn, Belfair, Bremerton, Grapeview, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Silverdale, and Seabeck. The Lodge has 50 members of which 7 are charter members.

 

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Mail Address Post Office Box 4243
Bremerton, WA 98312-4243

 

Meeting Location VFW Hall 190 S. Dora, Bremerton
Off National Way, Next to Post Office
Pot Luck, & Meeting 3rd Wednesday of most months
5:30 - 8:30pm
Phone: JoAnne Zarieki (360) 692-6178
E-mail: JoAnne Zarieki JFZ54@comcast.net

 

Events Activities include:
  • Monthly meeting and pot luck for members. Guests and members from other lodges are always welcome.
  • Monthly luncheon at a local resturant, the last Tuesday of the month except for November and December. Coordinated by Les Richardson (360)710-1766
  • Columbus Day dinner-dance held on Saturday October 23, 2004.
  • Annual picnic held on Saturday August 28, 2004.
  • Participation in Rolling Romans, a OSIA RV group
Lodge Supported Charities
  • National Charities of OSIA - Alzheimer’s and Cooley’s Anemia.
  • Local charities -
    • Donations are sent to local charities during the holidays and include a toys for tots drive.
    • Yearly donation of time and talents to the VFW by Cataldo members 4 times per year in 2003.
History View from Warren Ave. Bridge, Bremerton

The idea has occurred to many people over the years to establish an organization of American citizens of Italian extraction in Bremerton. Finally on January 1, 1973, two Bremerton businessmen, Messrs Antonio Zampella and Salvatore Fontana, did something about starting an organization. They requested Mrs. Maria T. Ellwood to help them organize a lodge. The incorporation founders of the Cataldo Lodge consisted of these three people.

Mr. John Grosso, Grand Venerable of the Northwest council of the Sons of Italy and Supreme Deputy Michael A. Rivisto were consulted and assisted in organizing the lodge. The first meeting was held on January 24, 1973. The first Venerable of the Bremerton Lodge was Salvatore Graziano.

Mr. Rivisto suggested naming the lodge "The Cataldo Lodge" in honor of Father Joseph M. Cataldo. Father Cataldo was a humble Italian missionary priest who left a vivid and lasting mark on the Northwest Territory. Father Cataldo was born in Terrasini, Italy near Palermo, Sicily in 1837. He arrived in Eastern Washington as a Jesuit Missionary in 1866. He founded missions at Nez Perce and Lewiston, Idaho. His work was with the Coeur D'Alene Indians. He was later appointed Superior of the Rocky Mountain Missions and established his headquarters at the Cataldo Mission of the Sacred Heart located near Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. His mission still stands and has been designated as a Historical Monument by the United States Government. In one of his last public appearances, Father Cataldo in 1926, he was then 90 years old, conducted Mass at the mission and spoke to the Indians in Salish, their native tongue. The mission no longer is within the boundary of the Coeur D'Alene Indian Reservation but annually on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, the Indians make a pilgrimage to the mission.

Father Cataldo was interested in education and in 1877 founded Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Father Cataldo's career of service is a living example of peace and fraternal harmony during his time. In order to promote the Italian experience in Bremerton, our lodge celebrated its first Columbus Day in 1973 with a dinner-dance. It was well received by the citizens of Bremerton. The lodge also celebrates the day of its establishment in March.

   
 
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