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On February 7th, LAOH Division 19, Yonkers, held a Saint Brigid Mass and Brunch at The Olde Stone Mill in Tuckahoe in honor of their patron saint.  Installation of new officers took place and the Division welcomed Father Terrence Lee to celebrate Mass.

Many of the Ladies of Division 19 joined the AOH Division 1 for their Communion Mass and Breakfast at St. Joseph’s Seminary Feb 22nd.   President Allison Mosher and Vice President Brigid Murray were pleased to represent Division 19.

LAOH Division 19 in Yonkers is proud that their member Mary Hoar was an aide to the Grand Marshal in the Yonkers Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue.  The celebratory dinner was held at Empire Casino, Yonkers on March 7th.

Finally, the Ladies of Division 19 were the proud recipient of the AOH Myles Scully Division One Trophy for Best Marching Unit, Senior Division at the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue

Yonkers Division 19 members at the McLean Avenue St.Patrick's Day Parade dinner at the Empire Casino  Pictured here are members (left to right) Catherine Marshall, Allison Mosher, Brigid Murray,  Nancy Walsh, Denise O'Flynn and Noreen Ryan.

Yonkers Division 19 members at the McLean Avenue St.Patrick’s Day Parade dinner at the Empire Casino Pictured here are members (left to right) Catherine Marshall, Allison Mosher, Brigid Murray, Nancy Walsh, Denise O’Flynn and Noreen Ryan.

 

Richmond County

The Ladies of Division 4 in Staten Island celebrated their 45th Anniversary.

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Suffolk County

Karilyn O’Brien was honored as the Hibernian of the Year at the annual Suffolk County Ball.  Karilyn has served successfully as the County President for two years.  The County Ball was well attended by all eight Divisions in the County and they welcomed Barbara Jones, The Consul General of Ireland.  She addressed the County Hibernians, praising their work and service.

 

At the Suffolk County Ball, Honoree Karilyn O’Brien and LAOH officers with Barbara Jones:   Bottom row; Colette Kavanaugh, Consul General Barbara Jones, Karilyn O’Brien, Pam Larkin Schiavarelli, Della Weissenberger,  Second Row; Patricia Rattigan, Patricia Cremmins, Patricia Moynihan,  Top Row; Carol Clancy, Sue O’Neill

At the Suffolk County Ball, Honoree Karilyn O’Brien and LAOH officers with Barbara Jones:
Bottom row; Colette Kavanaugh, Consul General Barbara Jones, Karilyn O’Brien, Pam Larkin Schiavarelli, Della Weissenberger,
Second Row; Patricia Rattigan, Patricia Cremmins, Patricia Moynihan,
Top Row; Carol Clancy, Sue O’Neill

St. Brendan the Navigator LAOH Division

St. Brendan the Navigator LAOH Division, #1 Wilmington, North Carolina LAOH Irish Writing Contest Division Winners:   Left-to-Right: LAOH President Penny Dietz, Julie Wilkerson, Abigail Baker, Kiera Draffen, Robby Ogorchock,  Casey Meisel, Caroline Shakar, Emma Fawcett, and Irish Historian Hope Cusick.

Montana News

Irish Consul General Visits Anaconda AOH Hall

Anaconda Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians hosted the Republic of Ireland’s Consul General for the Pacific Coast and Rocky Mountain States.  Philip Grant, Consul General from San Francisco, is making his first visit to western Montana this week.  This visit is part of his regional tour taking him from Seattle, Washington to Missoula, Anaconda, Butte, and Helena, Montana.  The Consulate General in San Francisco works to promote and protect Irish interests in the Western United States, whether it is working with the Irish community, promoting Irish economic interest, supporting the strong partnership between Ireland and the states of the Western US, or helping Irish citizens in difficulty. The Ladies welcomed Philip Grant to Montana and presented him with the commemorative pin in honor of the Women of the Rising.

Ellen Tocher, Montana LAOH Vice-President; Philip Grant, Consul General and Lenore Manning, Montana LAOH State Secretary

Ellen Tocher, Montana LAOH Vice-President; Philip Grant, Consul General and Lenore Manning, Montana LAOH State Secretary

 

Anaconda LAOH Grand Marshal

Lori Nugent was selected by the Anaconda LAOH to head up the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Anaconda. Nugent spent 35 years teaching and working as a high school counselor before retiring in 2009, after undergoing a stem cell transplant in her battle against a form of leukemia.

Rosemary Corrigan, President of the Anaconda LAOH;  Lori Nugent Anaconda St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal, and Father Douglas McCallum, Chaplin for the Anaconda LAOH.

Rosemary Corrigan, President of the Anaconda LAOH; Lori Nugent Anaconda St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal, and Father Douglas McCallum, Chaplin for the Anaconda LAOH.

 

Missouri News

On April 17 and 18, the Missouri LAOH State Convention was held.  Vice President, Mary Kathryn Victor did a marvelous job in organizing it at the Embassy Suites in St. Charles.  On Friday night, there was a Happy Hour, which all the LAOH from St. Louis brought appetizers and snacks.  The LAOH from Kansas City brought all the paper supplies needed.  It was a fun night where all the Missouri Ladies were able to meet and enjoy time with each other.  Then on Saturday morning, there was a meeting where the new LAOH Missouri officers were elected.  The new officers are:  President Mary Kathryn Victor (from St. Louis LAOH John F. Kennedy Division); Vice President Patti Clark (from Kansas City LAOH Padraic Pearse Division); Secretary Sandi Swift (from St. Louis LAOH John F. Kennedy); Treasurer Loretta Sheerin (from St. Louis John F. Kennedy Division); Historian Julie Dunn (from St. Louis John F. Kennedy Division); Missions and Charities Pat Karns (from Kansas City LAOH Padraic Pearse Division), and Catholic Action Julie Hogan (St. Louis LAOH St. Patrick’s Division).  Later in the day, all members could visit the St. Charles area of shops, go to the Casino or just visit.  Then at 5:00 p.m., LAOH Chaplain Lawrence Herzog said the Mass.  Following Mass, all went to a Banquet in the Hotel.  Fr. Lawrence Herzog installed the new officers after the dinner.  Fr. Herzog was presented with a LAOH Chaplain Sash from the Past President, Sharron Olsen.  Great time held by all.

 

 

Missouri Convention

Missouri convention

From left to right front row — Sandi Swift (Secretary). Pat Karns (Missions and Charities), MaryKathryn Victor (President), Joan Barry (standing in for Julie Hogan, Catholic Action)

Back row – Julie Dunn (Historian), Patty Clark (Vice President), Loretta Sheerin (Treasurer) and Father Lawrence Herzog (Chaplain)

Michigan News

The Ethel Kennedy Division from Macomb County in Michigan held a May Crowning Ceremony at their May meeting.  One of their members placed the wreath of flowers on the head of our Blessed Virgin Mary statue.  They said prayers and sang hymns for the ceremony and brought in pictures of their mothers. Everyone had a chance to share a story about her Mom.  It was very enjoyable and interesting to hear these wonderful stories.  Two members were fortunate to have their Mothers at the Ceremony.

 

LAOH State President Maureen Kelly presented Patricia Martin with the Michigan Hibernian Woman Award at the AOH/LAOH State Convention held May 1st and 2nd in Flint, Michigan. Patty has been a Hibernian for 31 years. She held all of the top five offices in the Rose Kennedy Division and two terms as State President as well as Vice President and State Organizer. She also served as Supply Chair on the National Board. In addition, Patty chaired many activities and fund raising projects over the years. Congratulations Patty you certainly promote the ideals of our noble Order of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

 

L-R Maureen Kelly, LAOH Michigan State President; Mary Sheehy, Past Hibernian Woman award recipient; Patty Martin, Michigan’s 2015 Hibernian Women; and Brigid Taylor, President of the Rose Kennedy Division.

L-R Maureen Kelly, LAOH Michigan State President; Mary Sheehy, Past Hibernian Woman award recipient; Patty Martin, Michigan’s 2015 Hibernian Women; and Brigid Taylor, President of the Rose Kennedy Division.

Massachusetts News

The LAOH of Massachusetts was happy to present Dominik Fill, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River MA, a Certificate and a check for $1000.00 for winning 1st place in Level 2 of the LAOH Irish History Writing contest. Dominik is a 10th grade student who has participated in the essay contest every year since he was eligible.  This year he achieved great success. Division 36 Worcester MA submitted Dominik’s essay.

The LAOH of Division 14 co-hosted a successful Ham-O-Rama where Easter dinner items were raffled off.  LAOH Division 10 held a very successful 5K road race with some members volunteering and others as race participants.  LAOH Division 8 held their annual St Brigid’s Tea and presented scholarships to worthy students. They also hosted the state and local winners of the Irish History Contest, with State Historian Joyce Burgess, of Division 1 Lowell, presenting the awards.  Division 36 held their annual Irish Festival and co-hosted a couple of successful music seisuns.  Division 2 Holyoke collected non-perishable food items, spices and oil for cooking, plastic forks and 8 oz. plastic cups for Kate’s Kitchen, a local soup kitchen in the area and attended a memorial mass for An Gorta Mor.

 

Massachusetts History

MA History award winner

Pictured with Dominik (from left to right)  are: Elinor Rafferty, Recording Secretary from Division 1 Lowell MA, Joyce Burgess, Massachusetts State Historian and President of Division 1 Lowell, Dominik, Kathy Hair, Irish Historian Division 36 Worcester and Mary Whidden of Division 36 Worcester and currently Recording Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board.

Louisiana News: LAOH Margaret Haughery Division Honors Saint Brigid and its Patron Margaret

LAOH Margaret Haughery Division Honors Saint Brigid and its Patron Margaret

The Louisiana LAOH members held their annual celebration honoring Saint Brigid and Margaret Haughery, the patron and namesake of their Division, on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
The celebration began on that beautiful day by attending Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, where members were formally recognized by the pastor Monsignor Kenneth Hedrick and given the honor of bringing up the offertory gifts.  After Mass, the Ladies and Father John Payne proceeded to the cemetery across the street from the Church.  The Ladies received a blessing from Father Payne and laid flowers at Margaret’s gravesite.  Margaret is entombed with the Sisters of Mercy with whom she dedicated her life in caring for the children of New Orleans left orphaned by the yellow fever epidemic in the 1800’s.  It should be noted that the Margaret Haughery Division is supporting the cause of Sainthood for Margaret Haughery.  This is done in cooperation with the movement from her birthplace in Tully Carrigallen, County Leitrim, Ireland.  New Orleans will be required to take the lead in this movement, since this is where Margaret did her courageous works.
After leaving the gravesite, the celebration continued with a luncheon at the Columns Hotel on picturesque St. Charles Avenue.  Surely Saint Brigid and Margaret, whom we pray will also be a Saint one day, were shining blessings down on the LAOH members.

Indiana News

The Our Lady of Knock Division #1, Indianapolis submitted the Division Scrapbooks to the Indiana Historical Society to be used for research and information concerning our works and activities. Access to the information may be had by visiting the Library at the IHS.  The Division is in the process of revising the Membership Directory to be distributed to all members.

Paula Lee chaired the Spring Tea at Caring Place, the day adult facility in Indianapolis.  This event brings joy to all who participate. OLK chose Birthline as the charity for 2015-2016. Birthline provides materials and help to mothers in need during and following the mother’s pregnancy.  Members contributed baby and toddler needs at the shower for Birthline at the May meeting.

The June Garage Sale will be the Fund Raiser. Members contribute household goods to the sale, which has been very helpful in supporting our charity work.  Joyce McMullen has chaired this event for several years.

Our Lady of Knock Division #1 Participated in the Green Tie Gala at the Arts Garden in Indianapolis.  The Indy Irish Fest, the AOH and the other Irish groups are hoping to raise money for an Irish cultural center in the near future.

A group of OLK members participated in a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the Ireland Exhibit. They recommend to trip to all.