Welcome To Son's Of Italy
The Grand Lodge of New Jersey of the Order of Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is a fraternal organization that derives its origin and its existence from the Supreme Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America, and was created by the State of New Jersey on the sixteenth day of January 1911, under the authority of the Supreme Lodge, and in conformity with its Constitution and its By-laws. The Grand Lodge of New Jersey exercises jurisdiction over all lodges and members of the Order within the confines of the State.
The OSIA is the oldest, largest, and most demo graphically diverse organization of Americans of Italian heritage in the North American Continent. It was established in Little Italy neighborhood of New York City by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro, MD., and five other fellow immigrants from Italy who came to the United States during the great Italian migration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Dr. Sellaro first conceived of uniting Italians into one large fraternal organization in 1904, for the purposes of organizing Italian immigrants and their descendents to promote social, charitable, civic, educational, and patriotic endeavors. His dream came to fruition on June 22, 1905 when he and five fellow immigrants created “L’Ordine Figli D’Italia in America”, which was incorporated as the Supreme Lodge of the OSIA.
During its history, the OSIA has been involved in promoting immigration legislation; assisting in the assimilation process; supporting cooperation, trade, and diplomatic relations between the United States and Italy; initiating social and fraternal events; encouraging educational achievement through scholarships; serving local communities through a variety of cultural events and raising funds for local charities; and providing low-cost group financial investments and insurance programs for the benefits of the members nationwide. The OSIA works to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Americans with Italian descent and now the organization represents 23 million men and women of Italian descent across the continent.
The OSIA Grand Lodge of New Jersey takes great pride in all its accomplishments, fulfilling Dr. Vincent Sellaro’s ideas in its promotion of social, charitable, civic educational and patriotic endeavors.
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