Birmingham Division Celebrates Patron’s Feast Day Mass

Members of the Father James Coyle Div 1 recently celebrate our patron’s feast day Mass at The Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham.  The mass commemorated Father Coyle’s murder on August 11, 1921.  Father Kevin Bazzel, the rector of St. Paul’s and Father Emmanuel Isi, MSP, associate pastor, concelebrated the Mass. The Division was one of the sponsors of the reception held after the Mass.  Members of the Father Coyle Foundation shared their work with the attendees. Just a few weeks earlier the Division welcomed five new members.  We look forward to continued growth as we continue to focus on membership and a September initiation.

We continue to provide our landscaping and yard maintenance skills to the St. John Vianney Home for retired clergy.  We will continue to offer our services to this facility where retired clergy from the Birmingham Diocese live.  This is a small way to repay the gratitude we have for those who have given their lives to the service of Christ and his Church on earth.

Finally, we are thrilled to receive an invitation to attend the fall meeting of the Archbishop Hannan Division 1 – New Orleans.  We are very blessed that our brothers have reached out to us and buoyed by their words of encouragement.  We will build upon this relationship and strengthen our ties in Christ.

Members of the Father James Coyle Division 1gather after the Mass

Texas News

The Brothers of the Columcille Division, San Antonio, Texas are honored to announce the ordination to Holy Priesthood of Patrick Gabriel Higgins, on Saturday, June 26th, 2010.  The ordination took place at Corpus Christi Cathedral, Corpus Christi, Texas by The Most Reverend William Michael Mulvey, Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Patrick is the son of Gabriel and Bernadette Higgins of Castlegar, a suburb on the east side of Galway City.  In addition to his parents, and brothers, Donal and Declan, and approximately fifty relatives from Ireland, the pastor of St. Columba’s, Patrick’s home parish in Castlegar, Father Michael Reilly, also attended the ordination. Father Reilly presented Patrick his first chalice.  Patrick’s sister Orla, who lives in Australia, was unable to attend. The Columcille Division presented Patrick his first chasuble. Patrick celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, June 27th, at Most Precious Blood, a church in Corpus Christi where he had assisted while a deacon.  His first assignment will be as associate pastor at St. Patrick’s in Corpus Christi, a church which had an earlier pastor named Father Patrick Gabriel Higgins, also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, but unrelated to Patrick. Some of our older brothers may recall that Bishop Thomas Drury, a former AOH National Chaplain and the celebrant of the opening Mass of the 1982 AOH national convention in San Antonio, Texas, was the Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Father Patrick has promised that he will revive the long dormant AOH division in Corpus Christi during his first year at St. Patrick’s. May your service to Christ and your fellow man be filled with love and compassion and may you live a long, holy life bound by the Breastplate of St. Patrick our glorious apostle.

Members of the Columcille Division in Texas congratulate newly ordained Father Higgins.

Iowa News

When Iowa’s Dubuque County Div 1 was approached last year by their chaplain, Fr. Douglas Loecke, to help with a priest appreciation gathering, the stage was set for a new tradition. The brothers quickly rallied together to co-host the event. This year, the second annual Priest and Deacon Appreciation Day was held June 13th, at Fr. Loecke’s home in Cascade, Iowa. The brothers donated and prepared a ‘low country boil’, including shrimp, potatoes, onions, sausage and corn, served with bread and a selection of pies and beverages. Tents were erected for the comfort of the guests and the weather proved to be perfect for the event. Division President Greg Keegan received a note of gratitude from Deacon Ray Noonan and his wife that read Carol and I want to thank you and all of the fine AOH’ers for your generosity and hospitality at Fr. Loecke’s last night.  What you good men do for the Catholic Church, clergy, and community is an extraordinary example of Christian charity to which we are all called.  Please extend our appreciation and best wishes to all the other AOH members.  On June 6th, the St. Francis Xavier Basilica of Dyersville, Iowa celebrated its annual Corpus Christi procession. For the second year running, the AOH was called upon to participate in the procession as canopy bearers and to march beside other Catholic organizations. Each year, the Dyersville procession draws several hundred participants to honor our Lord’s presence in the Holy Eucharist. The brothers were honored to be involved in the ceremony and hope to assist for years to come.

Rev. Robert Gross, Associate Pastor (gold vestment) and Rev. Mr. Fredrick J. Pins, Deacon, precede the Holy Eucharist, held by Rev. Phillip F. Kruse, Pastor, as AOH members (from left to right: Keith McCarraher, Patrick Valant, John Gallagher and George Graham) carry the canopy for the annual Corpus Christi procession through Dyersville, Iowa.