Director Joe Brady

Newport, RI AOH and LAOH members participated in the Rockaway Beach/Breezy Point Division #21 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Many of our members devoted their time and money to help local AOH members and others recover from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy.

Many of us were honored to march in the Watertown, MA Memorial Day parade to honor all Veterans. This year’s parade also honored the first responders, those injured and those killed in the terrible events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon.

At the request of the Casey family, including Chris Casey Waterbury, CT Division President, I was happy to attend the Ordination to the Priesthood of the Reverend Michael T. Casey. The ceremony was held at St. Josephs Cathedral in Hartford CT. That evening I attended a family reception For Fr. Michael.  The following day, Fr. Michael celebrated his first mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Waterbury. I was able to lead the AOH Honor Guard along with Hilda Kelly, Past CT State President. For your edification, Fr. Michael returned to Rome to continue his educational responsibilities.

I was present for the entire weekend events of the 2013 Connecticut State Convention. The most important agenda items included Charities, the maintenance and growth of our Order and the Irish Way. In addition I was honored to install the newly elected state officers.

Having participated in many AOH conference calls, one important item was with regards to Project St. Patrick. Brother Ed Wallace has done an exemplary job and it was an honor to be part of the committee which awarded 137 scholarships.

I attended the State Board of Massachusetts annual meeting in Lynne, MA. I also attended the entire event schedule of the Massachusetts State Convention held in Plymouth, MA . At their meeting I was happy that State President Dick Wall appointed a State Catholic Action Chair. I plan on being very active with the states assigned to me in this regard, especially as recent events unfold. Once again, I was honored to install the newly elected state officers.

Most recently, it was an honor to present the 2013 Fenian Award to Fr. George McCarthy, a Kerry man, and the 2013 Civitas Award to Dan Titus.  Fr. McCarthy will soon retire as Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Newport, the same church which hosted the marriage of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier.

As we look forward to the fall of 2013 and anticipate a constructive and enjoyable interim meeting of the AOH National Board’s National Presidents Testimonial Dinner, I encourage all of us to commit to Catholic Action. We should share our views on important issues before us. Remember that friendship and unity should mean that Catholic Action Chairs, whether state or local may reach out to their brothers through the Political Education Committee, the Right to Life Committee and the National Immigration Committee. It is an honor to have Joe Roche as our PEC Chairman, Jere Cole as Pro-Life Chairman and Daniel Dennehy as our National Immigration Chairman.

Around our country issues regarding Marriage and Right to Life and the Unification of Ireland and Immigration are everyday debates which need our voices. Remember there is need, those suffering from Hurricane Sandy and everyone who looks to the leadership of the AOH.

Your friend and as in our Motto, Joe Brady.

Pennsylvania News


On May 19, 2013, LAOH Allegheny County PA Division 7 of Turtle Creek celebrated a Mass for their living and dead members at St. Colman’s Parish in Turtle Creek PA. Father Markel, AOH Division 17’s Chaplain, celebrated the Mass. This is a yearly tradition for LAOH Division 7 with a special remembrance for Sr. Peggy Flaherty CDP, for whom Division 7 was named in November 1997.


Mary Ellen O’Neill Division #4, Washington County, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. welcomed new Member – Jean Magiske. (Sitting) Next to her is Rose Venanzi, Irish Historian. Jean Magiske was installed by Division President and Past National President, Dorothy Weldon (Left Front) on May 4, 2013 at the Home of President Weldon. Next to Weldon, Susan Chappel, Vice-President, Margaret Foyle, Dottie Taylor, Carole Seader, Patricia Loversidge, Gloria Tracey, Laura DeBor, Missions and Charities, Peg Might, Secretary, Ruth Oates and Mary Rosick – sister of New Member, Jean Magiske


Pennsylvania News

Recently, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Pennsylvania State Board held a meeting at the Scranton Irish Cultural Society. This meeting brought members as well as State Officers from all over the Commonwealth. During the meeting our Lackawanna County Commissioner, Patrick O’Malley presented a proclamation to Pennsylvania State President Thomas O’Donnell in honor of his many years of dedication and service to this Great Order. Commissioner O’Malley is Past President of the Paul Hook O’Malley Division 4, Scranton. Members from Lackawanna County included John F. Kennedy, Division 1; Msgr. William Farrell, Division 2; O’Neill Brothers, Division 3; Hook O’Malley, Division 4; Fire Fighter Joseph Flannery, Division 5; and Father Patrick D. Healey, Division 6; there were also members from Luzerne County and other parts of the State.


Dr. Kevin A. Morrin named Hibernian of the Year

Kevin A. Morrin, center, received the Hibernian of the Year Award from the Irish Settlement Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. With him from left are Robert R. Schadt, Division President and Rev. Fr. Joseph T. Orr, Division Chaplain.  Photo by Lenny Long

Kevin A. Morrin, center, received the Hibernian of the Year Award from the Irish Settlement Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. With him from left are Robert R. Schadt, Division President and Rev. Fr. Joseph T. Orr, Division Chaplain. Photo by Lenny Long

Dozens of members and friends of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Settlement Division, attended a dinner party at Otto’s Riverview honoring Dr. Kevin A. Morrin as the Hibernian of the Year.

The award is given for contributions to the activities of the AOH of Clinton County, PA.

Robert R. Schadt, Division President, presented the award, which was a framed print of the original certificate of membership used by the AOH when the American branch was established in New York City in 1836.

Schadt praised Morrin for his contributions to the Division and his six terms as President.

Award winning Magician Richard Benninghoff provided unique performances of table-to-table magic and a cabaret show that entertained the guests. His skill, personality and passion for people was most impressive.

Walsh Honored For Service To Hibernians

Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, left, former charter President of the “Hook” O’Malley Division 4 Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), presents a proclamation to Hibernian Joseph Walsh, Fleetville, for his dedicated service to the division and its members. Mr. Walsh, who was also voted “Man of the Year” by his fellow brothers, is Vice President and Marshall of the AOH and cochairman of the Celtic Festival.


Scholarships in Carbondale

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Monsignor William Farrell Division #2, Carbondale, PA awarded $500 scholarships to two LaSalle Academy eighth grade students who will be furthering their Catholic Education. Tiffany Powell, who will be attending Scranton Preparatory School and Sam Collura, who will be attending Holy Cross High School were this year’s selected scholars.

Both Tiffany and Sam were selected because of their academic excellence and for their community mindedness. Tiffany is the daughter of Pamela and William Powell. Sam is the son of Sam and Maria Collura.

2012 “Hibernian of the Year”
Brother Timothy John Brennan

“Hibernian of the year” Timothy J. Brennan received his award from St. Brendan’s President Leonard Weckel

“Hibernian of the year” Timothy J. Brennan received his award from St. Brendan’s President Leonard Weckel

St. Brendan’s Division #1 “Hibernian of the year” is no stranger to the members of St. Brendan’s Division #1 AOH OF Berks County, having served in many capacities, and having attended most if not all our events and/or celebrations, despite health issues that would inhibit most people.

He first joined St. Brendan’s on December 8, 2006 and completed his major degrees in 2007. He served as Sentinel from 2010-2011 and was elected as your Vice-President in 2012, a position he recently was re-elected to for the coming year. He has served as a delegate to several State Conventions, and last May he was one of several members of our division who attended the 175th Anniversary of our Order in New York City.

For the last four years, our honoree and his family have promoted the works of our Order through their participation at the Celtic Fling held at Renaissance Faire in Lancaster County, PA. Although several members have volunteered to spend a few hours manning our information booth, It was our honoree and his family that spent the weekend setting up, organizing and promoting the AOH, our Irish Heritage and the Celtic Oysterfest giving out informational materials and answering questions from our interested visitors.

In addition to participating in our division, he has been actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for the last 30 years, holding positions as Cub Master, Scout Leader, Committee Member, Advancement Chair. And TBT member. He was honored with Scouting’s highest Award of the “Silver Beaver” and the “St. George Award.” He was also one of the founders of the Bike Benefit.

He is actively serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in New Holland where he has served for the past 15 years. He is also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus where he received the “Father John Award” for outstanding service.

Our honoree was born in St. Charles, Illinois to Jack and Pat Brennan. He has one sibling Terry Brennan Carlson. He has been married to his wife Patricia for 37 year’s and they have four children, Shawn, James, Michael and Kathleen. They also have two grandchildren, Evelyn and Avery.

Our honoree graduated from Marmion Military Academy in Aurora Illinois, and Aurora College with a Business degree. He currently is employed at Honeybrook Kitchens.

JFK Div. 2 celebrates 46 years

Division John F. Kennedy #2, Pottsville, PA, Schuylkill County, celebrated their 46th Annual Communion Breakfast and Hibernian of the Year celebration on November 18. Members attending were, from left, front row, Charlie Maurer, James McDonald (Vice President), David Fogarty (Treasurer), Leo Haley (President); back row, Don Kerns, Paul Kennedy, James Wesnoski (Recording Secretary), Leo Treschock, Joe Conway, Joe Post, Robert Laughlin (Irishman of the Year honoree), Thomas Rowan, Dan Koury (Financial Secretary).

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Conshohocken Parade March 16
Tom Coughlin Grand Marshal

This parade has bloomed into one of the best parades in Pennsylvania. With the theme “Great and Glorious Saint Patrick,” Tom Coughlin will lead the parade as the 2013 Grand Marshal. Tom, the Montgomery County President, was the first Vice-President of his newly formed AOH Division Yellow Jack Donohue of Hatfield Pa.

As an active member of the AOH serving as a State officer, Isle of Erin Degree Team Member and on the Anti-defamation Committee. The father of two children, also Hibernians, and his wife, Kathy, also served as LAOH President and County President.

The parade is organized by the members of the AOH, LAOH and supporters of the Notre Dame Division of Montgomery County under the name of the Montgomery County Saint Patrick’s Parade Inc. The parade committee also hosts the Irish Coffee Contest on March 14th with the current and past grand marshals and the big night for Tom Coughlin March 9th where he will receive his official title at the Grand Marshal’s Ball.

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Two Divisions, One Cause!

The Patrick Pearse Division l and Fr. William Corby Division ll raised $1,600 and collected over 400 non-perishable food items for the St. Ladislaus Food Panty in Columbus, Ohio in a joint effort which began in November.

Each night during the week of November 12th a local pub hosted a social gathering where food was collected and money raised through a 50/50 raffle. On Friday night the Patrick Pearse Division hosted the food drive with live entertainment by local Irish band The Hooligans. Thanks to all the raffle winners who donated their winnings back to the cause!
Additional funds were raised at Saturday’s tailgate party at Division l “Tara Hall” where everyone watched OSU beat Wisconsin and enjoyed hot dogs and beer.

2012 AOH Franlin Co. Food Drive“It was more than we expected” said Co-Chairman Rick Lovell. “It’s great to see that so many people really care”. Thousands of residents of Columbus live below the poverty level without the basic necessities; including food.

Both divisions were extremely happy with the outcome and plan on working together in the future. Thank you to event committee members Gerry Curran, Pat Fagan, Michael Foley, Tom O’Mahoney, Rick Lovell, Michael Lynch, Dave Profit, Dave Sewickley, and Pat Visel..

Congratulations to James V Magee Jr who was awarded the Commodore Barry award at the state of Ohio Fall State Board meeting. Additionally, Division President Jason Love presented Jim with a Division Life Membership Award at the Our Lady of Knock 25th Anniversary Christmas dinner. Above, James Magee, left, and State of Ohio AOH president Joe Casey.

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Local Food Banks Receive Check

A check for $4,000 was given to the St. Vincent DePaul Society (St. Joseph’s Church, Adrian) and St. Mary’s Church (Adrian) Food Banks by the Lenawee County Ancient Order of Hibernians. The presentation was made recently at the AOH/LAOH Christmas Party at the Lenawee Country Club.

Participating in the check presentation are, from left, AOH St. Patrick Division President Patrick Maguire; Lillian Haddad, representing St. Mary’s; Sonja Matejewski, representing St. Vincent DePaul; and LAOH Our Lady of Knock Division President Mary Roesch.


Massachusetts News

Bridges in Boston

On Friday, November 9, 2012 the Irish Echo Golden Bridges Awards Luncheon was held in Boston, Massachusetts. The David R. Burke Golden Bridges Award was presented to Kathleen O’Toole, former Boston Police Commissioner and former Chief Inspector of the Garda Inspectorate. Pictured left to right are: Dan O’Toole, retired Boston Police Officer; Kathleen O’Toole, award recipient; Jack Lahey, AOH Essex County President; Patricia Burke, the widow of David R. Burke; Bill Sullivan, AOH National Board; Bob Collins, Mass State Board; and Martin O Muilleoire of the Irish Echo.

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On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Division 8 in Lawrence, Massachusetts held their Annual Christmas Celebration. During the festivities, Francis A. O’Connor, Sr., was presented his AOH National Life Membership Certificate, Membership Card and Medallion. Pictured left to right are: Keith Murphy, AOH State Secretary; Bill Sullivan, Division President; Frank O’Connor, Sr., Award Recipient; George J. Thomas, AOH National Life Member; and Jack Lahey, AOH Essex County President. All five men are members of Division 8 AOH in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Michigan News

The AOH and LAOH State Memorial Mass was held on Sunday afternoon November 11th at the AOH Hall in Detroit.  Following mass, the names of the deceased members were read alternately by LAOH State President, Sue Lauster, and AOH State President, Patrick Sturdy.  A bell was rung at intervals throughout the reading of the names; It is always a moving ceremony. A reception hosted by the AOH followed.

In the photo are AOH and LAOH National, State, County and Division Officers:

BACK ROW:  Jim O’Kelly, Paul Gowdy, Mary O’Connell, Kathleen Higgins, and Rich McNichols MIDDLE ROW: Mary Sheehy, Pat McDonald, Bill Byrne, Agnes Gowdy, Mary Ochab and Stacey Blair FRONT ROW: Sue Lauster, Maureen Shelton, Fr. Richard Leliaert, Patrick Sturdy and Julie Lewis.

BACK ROW: Jim O’Kelly, Paul Gowdy, Mary O’Connell, Kathleen Higgins, and Rich McNichols
MIDDLE ROW: Mary Sheehy, Pat McDonald, Bill Byrne, Agnes Gowdy, Mary Ochab and Stacey Blair
FRONT ROW: Sue Lauster, Maureen Shelton, Fr. Richard Leliaert, Patrick Sturdy and Julie Lewis.


2012 Hibernian Of The Year

MICHIGAN 2Carol Collins was named 2012 Hibernian of the Year by members of the Lenawee County AOH and LAOH organizations, at their annual Christmas Party. Mrs. Collins is a charter member of Our Lady of Knock Division, LAOH, actively involved in all it’s projects and has held the office of treasurer or financial secretary since the group’s inception.

With the LAOH, Carol has spearheaded and organized several fund raising events, most notable is her leadership roles in the St. Patrick’s Day and HalfWay to St. Patrick’s Day Dinners, Soup and Bread Suppers and Church Breakfasts. The LAOH donates any money they raise from their events to the two local Food Banks, at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s, Adrian.

Mrs. Collins was recognized for her devotion to God, Family and the Hibernians. Mrs. Collins’ three daughters, Kelly, Erin and Shannon also are charter members, and two of the girls spoke about their mother at the presentation, along with Our Lady of Knock President Mary Roesch and last year’s winner, Margaret Noe. Pictured presenting Carol with the award are, left AOH St. Patrick’s Division President Patrick Maguire and right, LAOH Our Lady of Knock President Mary Roesch.

South Carolina News

Please remember in your prayers our recently deceased sisters, Joan Colbert, Past State and St. Brigid’s Division President and Muriel Cusker, also a member of St. Brigid’s Division. Both passed away in September.

Kathleen Kelley has been chosen by the St. Ciara Division, Bluffton, GA as the LAOH 2012 Hibernian of the Year. Kathleen has the distinction of forming the St. Ciara Division and also Our Lady of Knock Division in Cumberland County, PA. Through Kathleen’s efforts St. Ciara has grown from its original 15 members to 70+ today. She continues to share the importance of living our motto with all she does and with everyone she meets. Her tireless efforts have helped many needy, sick and elderly in her community. We are so thankful and proud to have her call South Carolina home!


St. Brigid Division, Myrtle Beach hosted the 3rd Annual Celtic Cup Mini-Golf Challenge with Our Lady of Knock Division, Charleston. These two divisions have formed a wonderful friendship and plan to continue with fun activities, thanks to the efforts of Presidents Betsy Farrelly and Cheryl Daniels.

Sisters of Erin Division, Fort Mill, is pleased to announce the AOH-LAOH 2013 State Convention dates of September 27, 28 and 29, 2013.

Daughters of Erin, South Carolina Degree Team is planning to offer Degrees in March 2013. Those interested, please contact Maureen McEvoy, (843) 238-8132.

Hibernian Hunger Walk

Illinois 1 Representing the AOH in the Chicago Hunger Walk were, from left, Martin Moran, Joe McGovern, John Curtin, Kevin Gill and John Donovan. Photo by Dianne Donovan

On June 23, members of John F. Kennedy Division 59 in Chicago participated in the annual Hunger Walk to support food depositories in the area.  The hike started at Soldier Field along Chicago’s lakefront, proceeded south past McCormick Place, then returned to Soldier Field for prayer and celebration.  Walking were Division President John A. Donovan IV and his wife Dianne; Financial Secretary Joseph McGovern, who also coordinated Catholic Charities South Office participants; Trustees John Curtin and Martin Moran; and Kevin Gill with his daughter Shannon.  The Division raised funds for the St. Blase pantry, where the Division volunteers and provides a financial contribution for dinner feeding the poor.  More than 11,400 participated from the Archdiocese of Chicago and other concerned organizations.

Director’s Report

It is important for us a Hibernians to fight against those who defame our faith and our heritage. Not just around St. Patrick’s Day but all year round. We as Hibernians need to be vigilant and not support businesses that continue to ignore our request to not insult our Irish ethnicity. These businesses will listen when sales decline.

This past spring I had the honor to represent the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Waterford, Ireland. The 1848 Tricolour Celebration Committee was putting on their annual gathering to commemorate the unveiling of the Irish Tricolour by their native son Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848 in Waterford City, Ireland. The Committee invited me and my fellow AOH brothers Brian Schweitzer, Montana’s Governor, and Jim Hammill, past Division President of the Thomas Francis Meagher Division in Helena Montana.

Governor Schweitzer was the Guest of Honor and guest speaker during the event. I would like to thank the all of the committee members of the “1848 Tricolour Celebration” for putting on wonderful event and showing us the “Irish Hospitality”.  My hope is that we can return the favor soon.  It was good to see that past history is remembered and the Tricolour was not forgotten as a symbol of peace and its message still prevails today.

I’m looking forward to seeing all you at Turning Stone in July.