Project St. Patrick

Project St. Patrick

The goal of Project St. Patrick is to fund grants and support the men and women who choose a religious vocation. Project St. Patrick is a joint Catholic Action program of the AOH and LAOH which was started in 1995. To date over $300,000 has been given out to needy seminarians and religious who are studying to serve our Church. Currently the National Board is reviewing the Program and trying to make adjustments that will make it more proficient.

Funding for Project St. Patrick comes from outright donations from AOH & LAOH State Boards, County Boards and Divisions as well as from individual Hibernians to the Annual PSP Easter Appeal or throughout the year. Project St. Patrick Prayer cards are also an additional source of funding for this program. When a member, family or friend passes away a PSP Card is presented to the family.

After using a PSP Prayer card a donation with the return card is sent to: Joe Casler – 333 Julia Street – Apt 330 – New Orleans, LA 70130. AOH donations should have checks made out to Hibernian Charity with “Project St. Patrick” written in the memo section of the check, and sent to Joe Casler at above address. Additional PSP Cards may be obtained by contacting me at ( NLNOD@comcast.net )

LAOH members may secure cards by contacting Mary Ann Lubinsky, LAOH National, Catholic Action Officer.

There will be a mailing going out right after the beginning of the New Year concerning the 2015 Easter Appeal and its importance to this program.

Hibernians have remained steadfast in their mission to protect and support priests from the penal days in Ireland to the present. As an Irish-American Catholic organization, we must continue to foster and support vocations both spiritually and financially. Your support in the past is greatly appreciated and hopefully with your continued support we can make this program more successful. Please support Project St. Patrick.

Tom O’Donnell – Project St. Patrick Nat’l Chairman

Project St. Patrick

This year has seen the highest number of applications for Project St. Patrick Vocation Grants from seminaries and novitiates. A total of 123 applications — 97 from seminarians and 26 from religious sisters — shows an increase of 22 from 2010.

Project St. Patrick is a joint Catholic Action program of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. It was created in 1995 to encourage vocations and to support Priests, Seminarians and Religious, spiritually, emotionally and financially.

Individual $500 PSP Vocation Grants are awarded annually through an application and selection process that runs from Jan. 1 to May 1 of each year. These grants help cover expenses of men studying for the priesthood or diaconate and women studying for the religious life. The need is great but our funds are low.

This year, the PSP Committee of nine was able to award a total of $36,000 ($20,00 from Hibernian Charity PSP and $16,000 from LAOH PSP). We were able to award vocation grants to 59 seminarians and 15 novices. In addition, an outright grant of $1,500 was awarded to the Little Sisters of the Poor who sent in a number of applications.

Winners of the 2011 grants came from NY, CA, LA, MN, WI, MA, OR, MO, OH, TX, DC, MD, PA, NJ, IN, CT, ME and AL. Six applicants were either members of the Order or related to a member of the AOH or LAOH.

State, County and Division Boards and all Hibernians need to be unwavering in our support for vocations, helping those who are called to serve our Church. One important way to do this is to encourage vocations within your families and communities and help more workers in the vineyard of Our Lord through the 2011 Project St. Patrick Easter Appeal.

Annual donations of any size (at any time of year) will help us be able to help more applicants. For each donation of $500 (or more), we ask that you submit a name of a beloved chaplain (or lay person), living or deceased, and we will name a Vocation Grant in his or her honor.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage use of the PSP Memorial Cards, which is a “living” donation to support seminarians and religious and will go a long way to support PSP.

AOH PSP donation checks should be made out to: Hibernian Charity, and in memo section write: Project St. Patrick and send checks to Frank Kearney Jr., Sec. Hibernian Charity, P. O. Box 391, Meriden, CT 06451 or through PayPal on the Hibernian Charity website

LAOH PSP donation checks should be sent to Carol J. Sheyer, LAOH Catholic Action Officer, 121 South B Street, Hamilton, OH 45013. Memorial Cards can be obtained from Ed Wallace, Frank Kearney, Tom McNabb or Carol Sheyer via their email addresses in Digest.

Project St. Patrick Easter Appeal 2011

The greatest danger to our Church today is the dwindling pool of dedicated men and women who are following religious vocations. The Church can ill-afford to lose worthy candidates due to financial considerations.

The goal of Project St. Patrick is to fund grants in perpetuity and increase support to these men and women of God. Project St. Patrick is a joint Catholic Action program of the AOH and LAOH which was started in 1995 by AOH Nat’l Pres. Ed Wallace and LAOH Nat’l Pres. Kathy Linton. To date over $260,000 has been given out to needy seminarians and religious who are studying to serve our Church.

Letters of introduction with applications have been sent out in early January to major seminaries and novitiates by LAOH Catholic Action officer Carol Sheyer. The deadline for return of applications is April 15th with letter of recommendation. The PSP Committee will read all applications over two week period and make tentative list of awardees. A teleconference call is then set up and the whole committee decides on how much money is available, how many can be helped and then by consensus agree on who the grant recipients will be.

We have averaged 85 to 100 applications annually and unfortunately have not been able to help every applicant. Funding for Project St. Patrick comes from outright donations from AOH & LAOH State Boards, County Boards and divisions as well as from individual Hibernians to the Annual PSP Easter Appeal or throughout the year. Every jurisdiction is urged to include Project St. Patrick in their annual charitable donations. For every donation of $500 or more, the PSP committee will designate a Vocation Grant in memory of, or in honor of, an individual’s name submitted by donor. This could be a beloved chaplain, nun or lay person, male or female.

Project St. Patrick Memorial cards are also an additional source of funding for this program. When a member, family or friend passes away a PSP Memorial Card is presented to family at the wake and a donation with return card is sent back to Frank Kearney P. O. Box 391 Meriden, CT 03691. AOH donations should have checks made out to Hibernian Charity and sent to Frank Kearney at above address. Additional PSP Memorial Cards may be secured by contacting Edward Wallace 315-686-3917 or email: ewallac2@twcny.rr.com. LAOH donations should be sent to: LAOH Project St. Patrick and sent to Carol Sheyer 121 South B Street

Hamilton, OH 45013 or order Memorial Cards or Honor Cards from Carol at csheyer@fuse.net.

Hibernians have remained steadfast in their mission to protect and support priests from the penal days in Ireland to the present. As an Irish-American Catholic organization, we must continue to foster and support vocations both spiritually and financially. Please support Project St. Patrick with a donation.

Project St. Patrick

Project Saint Patrick (PSP) is part of the Hibernian Charities. A twelve-year old effort by the AOH, it provide Project St. Patrick Vocation Grants to those who seek a religious vocation in the Catholic Church through generous donations by our members. The goal of the Hibernian Charity is to fund grants in perpetuity and increase support to these men and women of God.

In 2009, we received 103 applications from seminarians and religious – a twenty five percent increase over last year. Our donations last year totaled $40,000.  Half of this, $20,000 came from the LAOH PSP and the other half came from the AOH Hibernian Charity (PSP).  We were able to help 75 recipients with $500 vocation grants ($37,500) and donated $2,500 to the Dominican Sisters of Mary which was another 25 recipients.  South Carolina PSP gave out $4000 to 6 recipients. That program is run in the State by the Bishop’s request, but they report to National PSP.

In view of this overwhelming need, we must all be unwavering in our support for vocations, helping those whom God has called to serve our Church.  One important way to do this is to encourage vocations and help more workers in the vineyard of Our Lord through Project St. Patrick.  We are asking every Division, County and State Board, as well as individual members, to safeguard our clergy/religious  population by making a donation to Project St. Patrick at Easter time as part of our PSP Easter Appeal for 2009.  Use of Project St. Patrick Memorial cards or Honor Cards is also encouraged.  For each donation of $500 or more, we ask that you submit a name of a beloved chaplain (nun or lay person), living or deceased, and we will name a PSP Vocation Grant in his/her honor.

Your donation is also tax deductible. AOH members’ checks should be made out to: Hibernian Charity, and in the memo section write Project St. Patrick, and send checks to Frank Kearney, Jr. HC Sec. P.O. Box 391 Meriden, CT 06451. LAOH members’ checks should be made out to LAOH – Project St. Patrick and send to Sarah Mains, LAOH Catholic Action 5723 Smithfield St. Boston, PA 15135-1134. Additional PSP cards are also available from these addresses.  Our ancestors formed the AOH to protect our clergy; join them in keeping that tradition alive.

Project St. Patrick Committee: Edward J. Wallace, AOH Nat Chairman (ewallac2@twcny.rr.com); Sally Mains, LAOH Catholic Action/Co-chair; Father Thomas O’Donnell – AOH Nat Chap; Rev. Michael Healy, LAOH Nat Chap; Seamus Boyle, AOH Nat. Pres.; Mary Ryan, LAOH Nat Pres.; Ned McGinley – AOH Past Nat’l Pres; Dorothy Weldon, LAOH PNP, Martin Kelly, AOH Catholic Action Chair.