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.

Minnesota News

 Shamrock Division honors former LAOH state president

 Mary Minton celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept 4, 2011, at her residence in Belle Plaine. To help celebrate, members of the Shamrock Division of the Minnesota AOH, dressed in their official uniforms, arrived to thank her for her years of work in the Minnesota LAOH. Mrs. Minton served as state president for two years as well as two years as state treasurer and two years as state vice-president. The Minnesota LAOH had 743 members and 11 divisions then. She continued to be active on the Minnesota state board for several years after serving her terms. Mary continues to be active socially and supportive of the local Hibernian efforts. The Shamrock Division delegation congratulated and thanked Mrs. Minton for her dedication to the Hibernian ideals both at local and state levels. We wish her many more productive years.

The Shamrock Division of Le Sueur County of Minnesota is active with 56 members.

 

 

 

Minnesota News

Division 4 Announces Name Change

 

The AOH Div 4 based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is proud to announce a name change.  Our division has long been called, Ramsey County Div 4 of AOH, whereas from now on it will be officially known as, ARCHBISHOP JOHN IRELAND Div 4.  We are most pleased to have the approbation of the Archdiocesan See, for this name change.

Archbishop John Ireland (1838 – 1918), a native of Burnchurch, County Kilkenny, Ireland, came to Saint Paul on May 19, 1852, after having immigrated to North America by way of Montreal, Canada and then Burlington, VT.  He embraced America, Minnesota and Saint Paul by serving as chaplain of the First Minnesota Volunteers in the Civil War.  Father Ireland, ordained in 1861, was consecrated the third Bishop of Saint Paul and then first Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

He was a renowned leader in the Roman Catholic Church both locally and internationally, a staunch American patriot, and champion of all immigrants especially those who followed him from Ireland to Minnesota, providing many of them settlements in the western counties of the young state.  Among Archbishop John Ireland’s many legacies are three enduring institutions:  The Saint Paul Seminary, The University of Saint Thomas, and The Cathedral of Saint Paul — all of which he founded, led and inspired.  The first Mass scheduled for a designated group at the then new Cathedral of Saint Paul, was at 8 o’clock the morning of March 28, 1915, celebrated for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America and its sister organization, the Ladies Auxiliary of the AOH (now the LAOH).

We are honored to have our AOH Div 4 newly named after our illustrious first Archbishop, fellow American Patriot, fellow proud Irishman, and devoted Catholic leader, Archbishop John Ireland.  Our not-for-profit organization holds fund-raising activities each year in the Saint Paul area such as at the Minnesota Irish Fair of Minnesota, Grand Old Day on Grand Avenue, the Hibernian Golf Challenge at Keller Golf Course and Saint Patrick’s Day Mass and pancake breakfast at the Cathedral.  The funds raised in those endeavors provide scholarships to deserving students at Saint Paul-area Catholic High Schools, as well as for other worthy, charitable causes in keeping with the motto of the AOH in America:  Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.

For more information on the ARCHBISHOP JOHN IRELAND Div 4 or the AOH in general, please go to our website at, www.aoh.mn.com , or contact our president, Mr. Brian O’Donnell at, (952) 445-3908; or Dick Warren at, (651) 340-4279.  Inquiries from prospective new members are most welcomed.

Gathered in front of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, which was inspired and put in place -- finished in 1915 -- by Archbishop John Ireland. Pictured (L – R) Tom Cullen, Mike O'Donnell, Dan Murphy, Treasurer Tim Courtney, Jay Kelly, Tom Radke, President Brian O'Donnell, Bob McGarry, Vince Courtney, Dick Warren, Hugh O'Kane, Vice President Charlie Callaghan.

On a fine spring day, May 1st, 2011,  the Shamrock Division of the AOH met to celebrate Founders Day, admit new members to our Order and award scholarships.

Established 31 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 Jeff Leary, Anne Gramling, Curtney Klehr and Mollie O’Brien.  Scholarship selection was based on the applicant’s Irish heritage, education plans and how they plan to promote their Irish heritage in the future.

Induction of new members through the Induction Ceremony was overseen by Chapter President Shawn Kirby.  New members included: Scott McDonald of Henderson, Mike Kirby of Sioux Falls, SD, John Devins of Chanhassen, Rob O’Brien of Shakopee and Todd Coryell of Le Sueur.  Following the Induction Ceremony, Catholic Mass was celebrated by Fr. Hession and Fr. Salsburg and Fr. Berger.

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

Pictured (L – R) Scott McDonald of Henderson, Mike Kirby of Sioux Falls, SD, John Devins of Chanhassen, Rob O’Brien of Shakopee and Todd Coryell of Le Sueur.

Minnesota News

Shamrock Division Celebrates Founders Day

 

On a fine spring day, May 1st, 2011, the Shamrock Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians met to celebrate Founders Day, admit new members to our Order and award scholarships.

Established 31 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 Jeff Leary, Anne Gramling, Curtney Klehr and Mollie O’Brien.  Scholarship selection was based on the applicant’s Irish heritage, education plans and how they plan to promote their Irish heritage in the future.

Induction of new members through the Induction Ceremony was overseen by Chapter President Shawn Kirby.  New members included: Scott McDonald of Henderson, Mike Kirby of Sioux Falls, SD, John Devins of Chanhassen, Rob O’Brien of Shakopee and Todd Coryell of Le Sueur.  Following the Induction Ceremony, Catholic Mass was celebrated by Fr. Hession and Fr. Salsburg and Fr. Berger.

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

Scholarship winners (L – R), Curtney Klehr, Mollie O’Brien, Anne Gramling and Jeff Leary.

Minnesota News

Shamrock Division celebrates Oldest Active Hibernian Officer in USA

Many AOH Divisions have distinguished elderly members, but the Shamrock Division of Le Sueur County has Leo Lynch.  Brother Lynch celebrated his 100th birthday at the regular Hibernian meeting on November 17, 2010, making him the oldest active Hibernian officer in the country.  Brother Lynch has been a charter member of the Shamrock Division since 1980 and continues to be an active member at meetings.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Standing Committee and attends meetings regularly.

Brother Lynch not only is active in Hibernians but also has been involved in the Knights of Columbus and the Le Sueur community for many years.  He is also a decorated WWll Veteran.  He served in North Africa, Italy and Europe earning two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.

The Shamrock Division is proud to have Brother Leo Lynch as our oldest charter member. Brother Lynch has faithfully served his country, community and his Irish heritage.  He was honored at the most recent Shamrock Division meeting.

Minnesota News

Shamrock Division Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

On a fine spring day, May 2nd, 2010, the Shamrock Division of the AOH met to celebrate Founders Day, admit new members to our Order and award scholarships.

Established 30 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 Matt Kaley, Katherine Claffey and Katie Hankins.  Scholarship selection was based on the applicant’s Irish heritage, education plans and how they plan to promote their Irish heritage in the future.

Induction of new members through the Induction Ceremony was overseen by Chapter President Pat Skelly.  New members included: Dan Murphy, John Bailey, Bruce Kelly and Mike Daly.  Following the Induction Ceremony, Catholic Mass was celebrated by Fr. Hession and Fr. Salsburg.

Leo Lynch who turns 100 this year was recognized for his selection as ‘Irishman of the Year’ for his years of service to his country, community, church and family.  Leo is a charter member of the Shamrock Division and believed to be the oldest active Hibernian in the United States.

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

Pictured (L to R) are new members John Bailey, Dan Murphy, Bruce Kelly and Mike Daly

Scholarship winners (L to R) Matt Kaley, Katherine Claffey and Katie Hankins.