HOLY NAME SOCIETY
Confraternity of men, originating at the ecumenical Council of Lyons in 1274, and promoted by the Dominicans, to whom Pope Gregory X intrusted its direction. The Spanish Friar Didacus (d. 1450) founded a confraternity of the Holy Name and drew up a rule. In time the confraternity merged with the Society of the Holy Name. World membership is several million. The purpose of the organization is twofold: to promote love and reverence for the name of God and Jesus, and to discourage profanity, blasphemy, perjury, and all improper language.