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The Iowa Dubuque County Div 1 continued its support of local clergy with its third annual monetary gift to local seminarian, Tony Kruse. Mr. Kruse was ordained a Deacon in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Oct. 7th and his ordination and first mass will be in June of 2011. Over the years, AOH’s gift to Brother Kruse has coincided with his annual trip to Rome to help supplement his personal costs.  In September, the division held its annual “Half-Day Golf Outing” (Half way to St. Patrick’s Day). The outing is meant to honor local Priests, introduce prospective new AOH members to the Division and raise money for Beckman Catholic 8th grade students making a pilgrimage to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life. As it has for the past several years, the Catholic Financial Life organization (formerly Catholic Knights) matched funds with the AOH and for their support, the Division is eternally grateful. On a day that resembled “a fine soft day in Ireland”, brothers, Priests and guests braved rain, wind and cool temperatures and enjoyed a day of golfing, fraternity and charity.

Iowa Dubuque County Div 1 members took seminarian Tony Kruse to lunch to present him with a contribution towards his annual trip to Rome. Pictured (L – R) Standing: Patrick McCarthy; Greg Keegan; Patrick Scherrman; Leo Woods, Dan Zitelman; Michael English. Sitting: Paul Ahern, Deacon Tony Kruse and Michael Murphy

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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.