National Legal Counsel

Since the introduction of the new AOH membership application, I have had a few questions about the requirements for membership.

Article IV Section 1 of the National Constitution, letter “C”, reads: “Be a practicing Catholic”. The “Roman” has been removed. It was done to make sure that anyone otherwise eligible who belongs to one of the Churches in Communion with the Church of Rome with the Holy Father as supreme Pontiff is eligible for membership. There are about 24 different Rites in the Catholic Church.

Also, letter “F”, of the same Section of Article IV reads: “Adopted legally by those of Irish ancestry”. Thus an adopted son of a person who was otherwise eligible is now eligible if he meets the other qualifications for membership.

I hope this answers the questions regarding the new application for membership. If there still are questions, I’d be happy to answer them.

Missouri News

Members of the St Louis-area Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrated Mass on Aug. 20 to honor Our Lady of Knock,

Father Harrison, a member of the St Louis Chamber Chorus, was the celebrant and beautifully sang ‘Our Lady of Knock’ after Communion.

Oliver Cromwell had wanted the landless Irish forced west, and to settle in places like the Burren in Clare, known “to have not wood enough to hang a man, water enough to neither drown him, nor earth enough to bury him.” This is the area that the apparition of Our Lady of Knock had appeared to more than a dozen local people in this tiny village in County Mayo in August 1879. This area, which Cromwell thought so little of, has been blessed by Our Lady’s appearance, and it was our honor to thank Our Lady on this day by the members of the AOH.