Wreath laying at Commodore Barry Memorial, Annapolis

Members form DC and Annapolis AOH gathered at the Commodore Barry memorial on May 9 to lay a wreath on the first Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial, including Baltimore Div 5 and Annapolis Division 1 at USNA.

Remarks were made by John O’Neill, President of the Commodore Barry Division, Annapolis, MD. Special thanks to George and Annette hogan for finding the perfect wreath.

 

Introduction:

By remembering and reflecting upon the achievements of Commodore Barry and the difficulties he experienced, we are reminded that what we have today we owe in part to men that went before us.  They  went on to assure a better future for their children and their children’s children, Americans of all ages can come together to renew our national spirit so that we can meet the historic challenges of our own time. It is important to engage the youth of America in an ongoing dialogue about what they can do to assure that they are able to contribute to making the world a better place in their lifetime.

 

Welcome

“Welcome to our ceremonial observance of the dedication of the Commodore Barry Memorial, a special day honoring Commodore Barry on the first anniversary of May 10th dedication of this memorial. “Today we are paying tribute to this hero by remembering what he achieved for our country and the world, and the incredible sacrifices that they made so many years ago

“It is our hope that our children and our children’s children will always remember him and other Irish Americans like Fr Greco, Jack McInerney, Jack Flanagan and all who continue to draw strength and inspiration from their example of national unity, cooperation, integrity, courage and selflessness as we face the challenges of today and the future.”

 

Proclamations

We members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will honor the first commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during the dedication of a Commodore John Barry Memorial and a John Barry Memorial Gate at the Naval Academy on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The first part of the memorial was erected in January 2012 when an arch was placed over the Commodore John Barry Gate. An eight-foot-tall granite and bronze memorial will stand just inside the gate, and the area will be known as Barry Plaza. A native of Wexford, Ireland, Barry was a hero in the War of 1812.

 

Members from Baltimore Div 5 and Annapolis Division 1 gathered at the Commodore Barry memorial to lay a wreath on the first Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.

Members from Baltimore Div 5 and Annapolis Division 1 gathered at the Commodore Barry memorial to lay a wreath on the first Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.

Commemorating the Easter Rising

On April 4 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Anaheim, CA, members of the Joseph Plunkett-Joe McDonnell (Long Beach), Orange County and San Diego Divisions, joined together to organize and participate in the 99th commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The men who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom were honored in a series of presentations, all of which were delivered with poise and compassion. Of particular note were the well-crafted words of guidance for our troubled times from Sister Eymard Flood, and an impeccable recital of the O’Donovan Rossa funeral oration by Tom Raboin. Chris Wittman read the 1916 Roll of Honor and Tristan Wolffe gave an inspired reading of the Easter Proclamation.

Terry McCarthy piped in the procession of flags and Eamon Knuff and Michael Kelly of Sligo Rags provided traditional music and song. AOH brother Mick Byrne delighted the crowd with his stirring and thought-provoking keynote address, while flanked by the dedicated men and women of the 3rd West Cork Brigade. Our thoughts now turn to next year and the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Connecticut

By Phil Gallagher

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After the harshest winter in living memory, spring weather finally arrived in Connecticut. However winter took a toll on our ranks as three prominent Hibernians passed on to their eternal reward during the frigid days of February.  We in Connecticut still mourn the loss of Past National LAOH President, Sheila Clifford of Waterbury who is the only Connecticut woman to ever serve as LAOH National President.

We also mourn the loss of Edward McGuiness and Patrick McBennett from Norwalk.  Both men devoted many hours working for the AOH.  After serving as Division President in Norwalk, Ed McGuiness served a term as State President while Pat McBennett move up from Norwalk Division President to head the   Fairfield County board.   May they all rest in peace!

Kentucky Derby Day will have come and be long over the finish line when these words are read but it is worth noting that the annual race has become a festive yearly fundraiser for the   Hibernians of Danbury, Stamford and Meriden where they all have fun wearing the funny hats while putting money in the till!

Speaking of Meriden, we would like to offer belated congratulations to Scott McNulty for serving as the 2015 Grand Marshall of Meriden’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  It is also reported that the Meriden sponsored Tony Kenny fundraiser was so successful that they may bring him back in December for his Christmas Concert.

Meriden will be hosting once again the Connecticut Biennial State AOH Convention on July 10, 11, 12. Frank Kearney Jr. will have given a full report on what is planned and required at the State Board meeting, presided over by State President John Weihn in Waterbury on May 16, 2015. By the time this column is read most delegates should have already made their plans and reservations   to attend.

Stamford Hibernians showed their charity recently by hosting a tip night to benefit the Bennett Cancer Center in memory of popular Hibernians Bill and Felicitas Cody who left us too soon due to this insidious disease. Danbury Hibernians showed similar generosity by hosting a tip night on May 8, 2015    for the benefit of popular and talented Wendy Mitchell of the LAOH who is being treated for a virulent form of breast cancer.

The 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising is still a year away but Connecticut Hibernians are already planning for the centennial or raising awareness of the significance of this epic milestone.

State Board and Waterbury Freedom For All Ireland Chairman Joe Flaherty and his committee commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Rising on April 18th with ceremonies held appropriately at the AOH Celtic Cross monument at Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waterbury.

Past National Director Jim Gallagher gave a public lecture entitled “1916 Uprising: Causes and Impact” at the New London Library on April 23 detailing how the Rebellion changed the course of Irish History,

The Fairfield County based Easter Rising 100th Anniversary Committee held their annual Mass & Commemoration for the 1916 Martyrs and the 1981 Hunger Strikers on Sunday April 19th at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. This committee is not sponsored by the AOH but is made up of a number of Hibernians and is planning to unveil a memorial monument at the GAC in 2016.

Many communities in Ireland have annual Easter Commemoration Processions. One of the most impressive, which I had the honor of observing, is held each year in the Nationalist stronghold of Crossmaglen, County Armagh where local families parade in units carrying photographs of martyred family members who gave their lives for Irish Freedom since 1916.  It was a moving scene, which I will never forget!

 

Participants in the annual Crossmaglen Easter Commemoration procession march from Ranger's Hall to the Republican plot in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Participants in the annual Crossmaglen Easter Commemoration procession march from Ranger’s Hall to the Republican plot in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Sinn Féin CouncillorTerry Hearty and Past National Director Phil Gallagher at Crossmaglen Ranger’s Hall where the Easter Commemoration Procession begins. (Photographs taken by Hibernian Owen McDonnell.)

Sinn Féin CouncillorTerry Hearty and Past National Director Phil Gallagher at Crossmaglen Ranger’s Hall where the Easter Commemoration Procession begins. (Photographs taken by Hibernian Owen McDonnell.)

Illinois

by Division 32 Publicity Director John F. O’Donnell

Division 32 Brother Joe Hickey reported a slight increase in donations collected over the previous year for Miseracordia Candy Days April 24th and 25th at the busy Northwest Chicago intersection of Milwaukee, Devon and Nagle. Joe said we Hibernians collected $4,694. despite April 25 being the type of April day that brings May flowers, but Hibernians dodged the raindrops to benefit the 600+ special needs residents of the Catholic run Miseracordia residence. Joe and everyone out manning the corners and collecting in the adjacent shopping center deserve a pat on the back!

Brother Thomas P. Gollogly was buried May 2nd and Brother Mike Shanahan said the mass at the church Thomas was raised in, Our Lady of Lourdes. In his eulogy, Father Mike mentioned that Tom volunteered at the soup kitchen at Lourdes where the Hibernians host feedings, such as the April 1st Easter ham dinner. The next scheduled Hibernian event at the Lourdes soup kitchen is a Wednesday, June 17th BBQ prior to our monthly executive meeting.

Brother Martin Moriarity is retiring soon from Tempel Steel, and his smartphone has the countdown in days, hours, minutes logged onto it, and Martin is not shy to show the countdown to those asking about this special day. Congrats to Martin !

This reporter attended the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and I recommend any and all northern based brothers needing a warmup to march in it or view it, as it is massive fun- and your Div. 1 brothers in Savannah of Brian – Jimmy- Peter- Will etc. will take good care of you. The estimated turn out this past year was 750,000+ revelers and 300+ floats- and all this on a Tuesday. There were contingents of Chicago Police and Firemen marching too. If you plan to march bring your walking shoes as the parade route is over> 3 miles. It was warm too, at 85 degrees- but no northerners were heard complaining.

In the next edition we will have the winners of our May 29th golf tournament to publish. Our annual golf event- thru the sponsorships- is our largest fundraiser of the year. Brother John Malloy, an attorney, is donating shirts for golfers and sponsors. Brothers Mike O’Malley and Dan Helfenbein are the golf chairs. For details on this, and all Division 32 events, please visit our website of AOOH.ORG. We have golf signup and sponsorship forms on our newly revised website.

 

At Division 32’s annual St.Patrick's bash on March 14 at DePaul College Prep High School, Brothers Jim Mulligan, left, and Tim Moriarity "shoot the breeze" between corned beef sandwiches.

At Division 32’s annual St.Patrick’s bash on March 14 at DePaul College Prep High School, Brothers Jim Mulligan, left, and Tim Moriarity “shoot the breeze” between corned beef sandwiches.

Jack Morrissey, left, and standing next to him is Tom Conlin, as they are being sworn in as new Hibernian Brothers May 6th in the beautiful and time honored ceremony respectful of AOH traditions.

Jack Morrissey, left, and standing next to him is Tom Conlin, as they are being sworn in as new Hibernian Brothers May 6th in the beautiful and time honored ceremony respectful of AOH traditions.

A grand old lady gets a brand new look

by John D. Fitzmorris III
President, Orleans Parish Division 1
Archbishop Hannan Division New Orleans

In a little park that of late has served as a haven for the homeless, a statue of a dumpy, elderly woman with her arm around a nameless child stands lonely sentinel in a gated garden beneath the approach to the Mississippi River Bridge.  The first public statue to a woman in the United States bears simply the name “Margaret” on its pedestal; and at one time, the citizens of New Orleans would not have needed anything else to know that this was a statue to Margaret Gaffney Haughery, the “Mother of the Orphans.”  When she passed away in 1882, the entire city mourned and even the governor of Louisiana joined the more than 10,000 mourners who paid respect as she lay in state in City Hall.

The legacy that Margaret gave to New Orleans and caused the local paper The Times-Picayune to trim its paper in black the day of her funeral is as profound as it was lasting.  Born in County Leitrim in 1813, the “Angel of the Delta” was orphaned herself as a child of nine after coming to America.  She moved to New Orleans in 1835 and there suffered the death of her own child and husband years later to a yellow fever epidemic.  Convulsed by grief, she chose not to wallow in despair but instead work among the poor and orphaned of the antebellum city.  She worked her way out the laundry at the St. Charles Hotel, started a bakery business, a dairy business, and then built four orphanages in conjunction with the Daughters of Charity.  In addition, she made generous endowments for seven other orphanages.  During the Union occupation of New Orleans, she even locked horns with Union commander Benjamin F. Butler over bringing relief to the starving of the city behind enemy lines.

And all this from a woman who could not even read or write her own name.

No wonder that so many mourners paid respect to her when she died, and the city commissioned a statue in her honor. Yet, the passage of time has erased many memories while grunge and grime began the slow process of covering the Mother of Orphans and obscuring her legacy.  The last cleaning took place in 1989 when CeCe Tudor, who wrote an M.A. thesis on Margaret, took it upon herself to restore some of Margaret’s former luster.  Since then, the statue accumulated the grime and soot from the thousands of vehicles that passed it each day for years.

In 2008, the Monumental Task Committee, Inc. collaborated with Mary Jablonski, a renowned architectural conservator from Columbia University, to do a preliminary assessment of many of the monuments in the City of New Orleans. From this assessment, MTC identified a critical need to conduct a professional conservation assessment report for the Margaret Haughery monument with treatment recommendations and an accurate restoration budget.  Led by Traci Birch and Linda Stubbs of the MTC, a drive began in 2013 to restore Margaret’s statue to its former beauty.  A grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation allowed them to make an assessment of the statue.  Stage Two then involved hiring a contractor to reinforce the crumbling foundation that had already caused irreparable cracks in Margaret’s pedestal.  Once the contractors solidified the foundation, expert restoration workers would clean the statue with meticulous care.  Abry Brothers of New Orleans reinforced the foundation at no cost—no easy or inexpensive task given the spongy and sinking nature of the New Orleans land.  A series of fundraisers and generous donations from the AOH and Ladies AOH, private citizens, and the Krewe of Muses—an all-women’s Mardi Gras parade organization—allowed workers to clean and polish the statue of the elderly woman giving the hand of charity to an unmade orphan child.  With the assistance of Rachel Howard, a graduate student at Tulane University in architectural restoration, Margaret now shines radiantly in the sun.  Stage Three of the restoration will focus on landscaping the garden that surrounds the statue, and Miss Birch and Miss Stubbs are already beating the bushes looking for more volunteers and donations.

If those who commissioned the statue in tribute to Margaret in 1882 were alive today, they would consider it almost as good as new.  Even the cracks in the pedestal are hard to detect unless one looks close enough.  However, those hairline cracks are a fitting reminder to those in the city and throughout the nation that forgetting the work of those like Margaret Gaffney Haughery comes at a great price and that our history is not something to be left to the grime and soot of ignorance and forgetfulness.

 

For those who wish to learn more about Margaret Haughery, the Mother of Orphans, please go to http://www.neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/477.

Those wishing to donate to the Restoration of Margaret should contact Monumental Task Committee, Inc. Attn: Margaret Haughery Restoration Fund, 1215 Prytania Street, Suite 333, New Orleans, LA 70130, or go to http://monumentaltask.org/margaret.html.

Massachusetts

by William J. Sullivan

The countdown for the 98th Biennial Convention of the AOH and LAOH Mass State Boards Convention has begun. The Convention will be held in Hyannis on Cape Cod from May 29 – May 31. Planning for this convention began over a year ago and the Convention Committee is promising a great weekend of great entertainment, fine food and fun for all who attend.

Essex County Board: The Essex County AOH and LAOH County Convention was hosted by Division 18, Salem on April 12. The Convention opened with a Mass at the Home of Division 18 celebrated by Essex County Chaplain, the Rev. James A Wenzel OSA. Elected as officers for the next two years were: Richard Wall, President; Kevin Buckley, Vice President; Jack Lawless, Secretary; Paul MacDonald, Financial Secretary; Michael P. Miller, Treasurer; Thomas P. Canney, Chairman of the Standing Committee; Michael Ferrick, Marshall and Kevin Walsh, Sentinel.

Middlesex County Board: The Middlesex AOH County Convention was hosted by Division 19 of Lowell on May 3. Elected as officers for 2015 – 2017 were: Leo Falter, President; Brian Gosselin, Vice President; Brad Gosselin, Secretary and Edward McNeil, Treasurer.

An Gorta Mor Commemoration: Hibernians from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered on May 3 to commemorate the Great Hunger at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in Lawrence, MA. During the prayer service, the Rev. William Lohan, remembered the Irish immigrants who perished in the Hunger, as well as the Irish immigrants, who came to the United States and made many great contributions to the City of Lawrence, and the nation as a whole.

Among those who spoke at the commemorative ceremony were: Mary R. Ryan, LAOH Past National President, who brought the greetings from the AOH and LAOH National Boards; Paul Hogan, AOH State Vice President, who brought the greetings from the AOH and LAOH State Boards; Kevin Buckley, who brought the greetings from both the AOH and LAOH Essex County Boards and Dr. Joseph Downs, Mass AOH State Historian, who was the guest speaker. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a tricolor wreath of green, white and orange carnations was placed at the memorial by Division 8 LAOH Vice President Carol Calderone and Division 8 AOHRecording Secretary, Keith Murphy. Anne Collins, of Division 8 LAOH, recited prayers in Irish for the deceased at the conclusion of the commemoration service. A reception followed the ceremony.

Division 1 Holyoke: The 7th Annual Summer Picnic Hibernian Style will be held on June 27 at The Wherehouse. The Maurice A. Donahue Scholarships will be presented. at that time. A Mass in Memory of the victims of the An Gorta Mor will be celebrated on May 17 at St. Patrick’s Chapel in St. Jerome’s Church.

Division 14 Watertown: Division 14 under the guidance of President Joe McCusker will hold a Scholarship Social on May 16. On Monday, May 25, Division 14 will participate in the Annual Memorial Day Parade. A old fashioned cookout will follow the parade.

Division 19 Lowell: Division 19 recently held elections for officers for the coming year. Heading up Division 19 are: Shawn Harrington, President and Mark McNiff as Vice President. The Division will present Cahul Dunne in Concert on Friday, October 3 at the Lowell Elks. Proceeds from this event will benefit their scholarship fund.

And that is the way we see it in the Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. God Bless!

Massachusetts and New Hampshire Hibernians gathered on Sunday, May 3, at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in Lawrence, Massachusetts to commemorate the An Gorta Mor. The memorial was built by Division 8 AOH in Lawrence and dedicated in 2006 under the guidance and chairmanship of Past AOH National Board member, the late David R. Burke. Mr. Burke died on May 27, 2009.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire Hibernians gathered on Sunday, May 3, at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in Lawrence, Massachusetts to commemorate the An Gorta Mor. The memorial was built by Division 8 AOH in Lawrence and dedicated in 2006 under the guidance and chairmanship of Past AOH National Board member, the late David R. Burke. Mr. Burke died on May 27, 2009.

Michigan

Michigan held their 80th Annual AOH State Convention May 1 and 2 in Flint, Michigan. Everyone in attendance agreed the event was a great success. The Convention kicked off on Friday night with a Hooley where guests in attendance were treated to the music of Michigan’s own Diggers. The business meeting convened on Saturday morning with National Director Patrick Sturdy in attendance. Director Sturdy spoke to the membership about the need to make membership development the highest priority.

Kevin Burke, long time member of the Patrick Ryan Division, was elected as the new State President.  Mike Kelly, long time member of the Stephen Walsh Division, was elected the new State Vice President. Tim Higgins, also a member of the Patrick Ryan Division, was elected as the New State Recording Secretary. And, Gerry Mato, longtime member of the Thomas Kelly Division, was re-elected as State Treasurer.

The Convention festivities conclude on Saturday with a Banquet at which Monsignor Russ Kohler, the AOH State Board Chaplin was awarded the Pat Kileen Award. The Pat Kileen Award is given biannually at the State Convention to a Michigan Hibernian who has shown dedication and commitment to the Order.

 

Kevin Burke presenting Mnsr. Russ Kohler with the Pat Kileen award. The picture of four are l to r are Mike Kelly (Vice President) Patrick Sturdy (National Director) Kevin Burke (State President) and Tim Higgins (Recording Secretary). The final picture shows National Director Patrick Sturdy investing State President Kevin Burke with the emblem of his new office.

Kevin Burke presenting Mnsr. Russ Kohler with the Pat Kileen award. The picture of four are l to r are Mike Kelly (Vice President) Patrick Sturdy (National Director) Kevin Burke (State President) and Tim Higgins (Recording Secretary). The final picture shows National Director Patrick Sturdy investing State President Kevin Burke with the emblem of his new office.

Archbishop John Ireland Division 4 on parade

Saint Paul, MN, Saint Patrick’s Day in Saint Paul was simply grand!

We had a nice sunny day; mid-40’s by parade time (not bad for mid-March) and a wonderful turnout.The festivities started at 9:30 am Holy Mass sponsored by Archbishop John Ireland Division 4, AOH.

Mass was celebrated at the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Paul by Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche – French, but as he noted in his homily, Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.  The Mass included an Irish piper leading us in with the great piece “Slane” and ending with “A NationOnce Again”.  At Mass, the AOH Division 4 recognized our annual scholarship students who hail from three Catholic high schools in Ramsey County.

We also presented the Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis with a $1000 donation to the Saint Paul Seminary. Our AOH members teamed up with the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus (whom we share members) preparing a terrific brunch in Hayden Hall (parish hall located in the basement of the Cathedral).After Mass, we were off to the 49th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Saint Paul which started at noon.

The Archbishop John Ireland Division 4 marched with our fellow Hibernians from Minnesota’s Shamrock Division 1 along FifthStreet while the Brian Boru Bag Pipers (marching in front of us) provided arresting Irish “trad” tunes all the up the paraderoute for the thousands of onlookers. The parade ended at historic Rice Park where parade marchers and onlookers intermingled for a good old-fashioned Irish hooley

 

Celebrating the scholarships were, from left, Richard Warren, scholarship winner Kieran Walsh, VP Div 4 Dan Murphy, scholarship winner Sean O’Brien and Jeff  Ruff.

Celebrating the scholarships were, from left, Richard Warren, scholarship winner Kieran Walsh, VP Div 4 Dan Murphy, scholarship winner Sean O’Brien and Jeff Ruff.

Shamrock Division celebrates Founders Day

On a fine spring day, April 25, the Shamrock Division met to celebrate Founders Day. The day included admitting new members to our Order and to award scholarships to local young Irish scholars.

Established 35 years ago, the Shamrock Division has been celebrating Founders Day annually at St. Thomas Church in Jessenland, Minnesota. Jessenland, being the site of the oldest Irish settlement in Minnesota, gives a sense of history and struggle that befits the celebration of Founders Day.

The day was well attended by our local members and clergy.

The Scholarship Committee interviewed scholarship candidates and awarded $500 AOH Scholarships each to Cole Leary of Mapleton, Hunter Doheny of New Prague, Makenzie Klehr of Winthrop, Sydney Speer of Farmington and Joe Hankins of Belle Plaine. Scholarship selection was based on the applicant’s Irish heritage, education plans and how they plan to promote their Irish heritage in the future. A total of $2,500 was awarded in scholarships. Since 2008, the Shamrock division has awarded $14,000 in scholarships in our scholarship program.

Induction of new members through the Induction Ceremony was overseen by Chapter President Timothy Halloran. New members included: Richard Chilman of Le Sueur and Joe Murphy, Matt Skelly, Jeff Luskey and Dick Hayden all of Belle Plaine. Following the Induction Ceremony, Mass was celebrated by Fr. Berger to a large congregation at the St Thomas Church in Jessenland.

More photos and more information about the AOH Shamrock Division can be obtained by visiting our web site at hibernians-shamrock.com

 

At the induction ceremony were, back row from left, new members Richard Chilman, Matt Skelly, Joe Murphy and member Francis Bigaouette. Front row: member Bruce Kelly, new members Jeff Luskey and Dick Hayden. Member Pat Ryan.

At the induction ceremony were, back row from left, new members Richard Chilman, Matt Skelly, Joe Murphy and member Francis Bigaouette. Front row: member Bruce Kelly, new members Jeff Luskey and Dick Hayden. Member Pat Ryan.

Scholarship recipients Cole Leary, Joe Hankins, Sydney Speer and Makenzie Klehr with AOH members Shawn Kirby and John Devins Jr and John Devins Sr. Scholarship recipient Hunter Doheny not shown.

Scholarship recipients Cole Leary, Joe Hankins, Sydney Speer and Makenzie Klehr with AOH members Shawn Kirby and John Devins Jr and John Devins Sr. Scholarship recipient Hunter Doheny not shown.

New Year’s Day Mass honoring fallen first responders

Members of the Padraig Pearse Division #1 annually arise early on New Year’s Day to assist with the celebration of Mass honoring fallen first responders at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church in Kansas City. Missouri.

The Mass, led by Fr. Ernie Davis, is the revival of a tradition that had fallen aside. A few years ago Fr. Davis asked two volunteers to clean an old chalice he had found in the church basement. The volunteers discovered an inscription on the chalice — “In loving memory of Dennis Whalen, by his wife Anna Whalen.”

Church members learned that Dennis Whalen was a Kansas City police officer fatally shot on New Year’s Eve 1923 while answering a report of stolen property at an 18th Street pawnshop. The parish oral history relates that Anna Whalen had all of the gold and silver jewelry that her husband had given her over the years of their marriage melted into the chalice, which she donated to the church. Until the 1960’s the pastor at St. Therese who knew the Whalen’s annually offered a Mass in memory of Officer Whalen. Once the story of the chalice was known, Fr. Davis revived the tradition of a Mass expanding the intention to all fallen first responders; complete with a full gospel choir on New Year’s Day.

AOH members serve as escorts to the priest, servers and bag pipers, take up the collection, and provide whatever assistance Fr. Davis’ might need. In 2014 the Pearse Division presented a $500 check to law enforcement officers for a memorial bench to be built in honor of KCMO police officer and AOH member John O’Sullivan killed in the line of duty in 1978.

 

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