Words from Margaret Hennessy LAOH National President

I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful and blessed Easter.

Congratulations to Fr. Sullivan who has been selected recipient of the J F Kennedy Award, which will be presented at the National Convention.  This is a well-deserved honor Father has given us his guidance and his friendship for many years.

Everyone should be preparing for our upcoming National Convention at Turning Stone.  The committee has been working hard to make your stay enjoyable.  The final winners of our 750 club will be drawn at the convention; tickets will be available at the convention.  The basket raffle will also be drawn.  We will also have a raffle for two Joseph Bachner Wooden Celtic Crosses that were donated with the proceeds going to Precious Life.  I pray that our deliberations will be productive and enjoyable.

On St. Patrick’s Day I had the pleasure of attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City celebrated by his Eminence Cardinal Dolan it was the most memorable way to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick.  I also attended a reception at the White House on March 22nd and thank our brothers of the AOH for making that happen.  While in Washington, I took the opportunity of visiting the Congressional Cemetery that AOH National Historian Mike McCormack wrote about in the last issue of the digest and viewing the Washington Arsenal Explosion Monument where 22 Irish Immigrant women were killed.  The monument is the final resting place of 16 of the women, 8 of which were never identified.  The 150th anniversary will take place on June 17th 2014 it is my hope that we as the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will be able to participate in a ceremony to commemorate the lives and death of these Irish Women.

Please remember our sick and deceased members in your prayers.