preambleWhereas, We as citizens of this great Republic, are in full enjoyment of our religious liberty, and possess the right to form a Union (or Society) for the sole benefit of its members and their beneficiaries, and not for profit, and entitled to make its own laws and regulations, we have resolved to establish this Union, in which and through which Catholics, regardless of nationality and political opinions, may obtain mutual aid in time of need. To protect all classes and branches of industry, and elevate the social standing of its members, cultivate love and affection for the individual members and all local societies as well as the Central Organization.