Project St. Patrick

Project St. Patrick is a joint Catholic Action program of the AOH and LAOH. Its purpose is to support seminarians and women religious both spiritually and financially as they prepare for their vows. Contributions from the Memorial cards are given to these young future leaders of our Church in the form of scholarships and grants for continuing education and retreats. This year with $35,000 in your donations, you helped 129 young men and 13 young women with grants. Here are some of the blessed recipients.

One young man said he needed new reading glasses for his classroom studies. Some need aid to pay for gas as they travel around the parish in beat up cars. Some need prescriptions for personal health needs. They are older now, a lot with good undergrad degrees like Colleen who went to Notre Dame and is getting her Masters in Theology in Montana. Many come from Africa, Philippines,  Poland … and have no family nearby to help them with their needs or support. They are the gift to us, and we should be helping them to build up our Church.

Can we do more to help these future leaders? Send a Memorial card to a dear one and help the building up of our Church at the same time. Thanks so much for your donations.

LAOH and AOH Chairs Lynn Burkart and Ed Wallace

Hibernian Scholarships

Irish Way

The AOH and LAOH National Boards are pleased to offer two $500 Irish Way Scholarships for the son or daughter of a member of the AOH and LAOH. Anyone who would like further information about the 2011 program is encouraged to contact Carol Buck, the Irish Way Coordinator at the Irish American Cultural Institute, 1 Lackawanna Place, Morristown, NJ  07960 or by e-mail at: cbuck@IACI-usa.org. The Irish Way telephone number is: 973-605-1991. An Application Request Form for the AOH & LAOH Irish Way Scholarship is included in this issue of the Hibernian Digest. The Irish Way, a unique cultural experience for teenagers, is a nationally recognized summer study abroad program that has educated over 4,000 American high school students in grades 10 to 12 since 1976. The Irish Way was conceived by HRH Princess Grace of Monaco, who was the Irish American Cultural Institute’s Chairman until her untimely death.  Every summer the Irish American Cultural Institute sends approximately 100 American High School students to the Irish Way Program in Ireland.

Junior Year Abroad

The National Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians has also established two (2) annual $1000 Junior Year Abroad Scholarships for the son or daughter or grandchild of an AOH member, who is attending an accredited college or university in the United States, and who has been accepted at an accredited college/university in Ireland. Should not enough applications for the Junior Year Abroad Scholarship be realized, then $500 Scholarships for Semester Abroad Programs will be considered and granted when appropriate. The deadline for the next round of applications for this scholarship is May 1, 2011. For those who are interested, an Application Request Form for the Study Abroad Scholarship is also included in this issue of the Hibernian Digest. More information on both of these scholarship programs is also available on the AOH National Website.

Notre Dame

Students who will be attending the University of Notre Dame for the 2011 – 2012 school year are encouraged to apply for the Notre Dame Hibernian Scholarship.  The scholarship is open to both men and women students who are full time undergraduates attending Notre Dame.  Eligible applicants will be those students whose parent is either a member in good standing of the AOH or the LAOH or whom themselves are members in good standing of the AOH or the LAOH.  Those interested should follow the standard application procedures for admission and for financial aid consideration of the University as described in its publications and on its website (www.nd.edu) and also submit a letter regarding their Hibernian scholarship eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Services, University of Notre Dame, Main 115 Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Notre Dame Hibernian Scholarship

Students who will be attending the University of Notre Dame for the 2011 – 2012 school year are encouraged to apply for the Notre Dame Hibernian Scholarship.  The scholarship is open to both men and women students who are full time undergraduates attending Notre Dame.  Eligible applicants will be those students whose parent is either a member in good standing of the AOH or the LAOH or whom themselves are members in good standing of the AOH or the LAOH.  Those interested should follow the standard application procedures for admission and for financial aid consideration of the University as described in its publications and on its website (www.nd.edu) and also submit a letter regarding their Hibernian scholarship eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Services, University of Notre Dame, Main 115 Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Ladies Visit Notre Dame

Mary Hogan, National Secretary, Vincent Lysaght, AOH Chair Notre Dame Fund, Hibernian Scholarship recipient Kevin Condit, Terry Kelleher, Past National President and LAOH Notre Dame Chair,  Margaret Hennessy, National President, Hibernian Scholarship recipient George Pinchock and National Chaplain Rev. Thomas O’Donnell.

Margaret Hennessy, National President and Terry Kelleher, Past National President and Notre Dame Chair presented a check for the Hibernian Scholarship Fund to Joe Russo who heads the Notre Dame Scholarship Department.

President’s Message

Brothers, the convention in Cincinnati is over and what a great convention it was. Everyone there seemed to enjoy it and I received more compliments on how it was run and what a great job the committee did in setting it up and running the events. All the officers had their reports and that is one of the reasons it ran so smoothly.

The business sessions went extremely well and we got a lot accomplished in our three days. It seems that Martin McGuinness and Father O’Donnell were the highlights of the convention.

Some of the main things which we accomplished are that the LAOH situation was settled by a huge majority vote of the ladies and a unanimous vote of the men. We are back in the Notre Dame fund although a lot of discussion took place on this subject but when the vote was taken it was a clear decision to return to the previous way the fund was prior to our decision to temporarily suspend our participation.

I will be appointing a committee to examine ways to better serve our membership throughout the country which was a recommendation from the National Board, the constitution committee and the resolutions committee.

The state presidents met and we will be having a conference call later on in the fall and the per capita raise was well received and very little opposition to that. Beginning in February when the per capita is due the new per capita will be $12 per member. I imagine people realize that no increase since 1992 was a real reason to raise it as almost everything has gone up over the past 18 years especially printing and postage.

All the changes to the constitution are being made as we speak but it will still take some time as everything which has a reference to Canada, province or provincial must be removed as we have severed all legal ties to the AOH in Canada. As soon as the constitution is complete we will have it out to the jurisdictions and on the website. I want to thank all the committee chairs and their members for all the hard work and time they spent on these committees especially the credentials, constitution and resolutions committee.

Brothers I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support at the convention and I welcome the three new directors on board and I have been assured by them that they will work hard with the existing board for the betterment of our order. I would be remiss if I did not thank our outgoing directors, Joe Brady, Frank Kearney and Martin Kelly for their hard work over the past four years.  Please remember in your prayers our new director, Brother Bob Mott whose daughter was murdered a few days prior to the convention. I just got off the phone with Bob and he says it will be a few more days before they are done with the autopsy and he can finally lay her to rest.

Brothers over the past few years emails have been circulated throughout the order which were less than what our motto should stand for. I am asking that every member, especially National Board members, to cease this practice immediately. E-mails were for information to be passed on to our officers and members not to be used as tool to try to tear our organization apart. I am asking that in the future if the National Board continues to receive emails like we have been receiving in the past few years please just use your delete key and say a prayer for the people sending those types of emails. CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is always welcome but not DESTRUCTIVE.

New Jersey News

Division 10 of Mercer County, New Jersey held its third annual Gael Scoil for children on March 6 and 7 at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  Most remarkable is that we sold out. Enrollment for our two day program has doubled every year for the three years it has been in existence and this year we could not have accepted any more students. The Gael Scoil is not a fund raiser for Division 10 and most of the material we present is available for free or at a very low cost and the kids love it. Many of them were returning for their third year. Our Gael Scoil Committee is comprised of just five AOH members. We meet once a week and produce a high quality product that is in demand throughout the region. One of the goals we set for ourselves is to encourage other Divisions to put their own Gael Scoil together. We haven’t been successful in achieving that goal as of yet. Our Committee would be happy to help any Divisions get their programs rolling. Meanwhile the Committee is already thinking about our 2011 program and how we can expand to allow more kids to attend. Please follow this link for pictures and information on our program. http://www.aohdiv10.org/

Students of Gael Scoil

Jersey Brothers Raise Money for Injured Soldier

On April 17, 2010 The Fr. Mychal Judge/ Hudson 1 Division attended a fund raiser for Iraqi war veteran Brendan Marocco.  The division had 20 members in attendance.  Alex Marocco, Brendan’s dad, spoke to fellow brothers of the rehabilitation that Brendan is doing.  Jim O’Donnell, AOH Div1 Financial Secretary said it best “We had to come” when thanked by Alex Marocco.  Almost a year to the day, in the early morning hours of April 12,2009 Brendan’s unit was returning from a night mission, his vehicle was hit directly by a Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP).  The attack killed a fellow soldier. Brendan lost both arms and legs, had a severed carotid artery, fractured face and eye socket and a pierced eardrum. Brendan was saved by his platoon medic and fellow soldiers long enough to be transported to a US Army trauma hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. Today Brendan is currently recovering and undergoing physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed hospital.  A trust has been set up, to help Brendan when he returns home.  The fund will offset costs for Brendan and his family to make his home compatible to his disabilities.  The AOH/Hudson 1 is planning a fund raiser for Brendan is the fall. If you would like to know more about Brendan, please visit his website at www.brendan morocco.org. He is one remarkable person, a real inspiration.

Brendan Marocco receives a check from Jim O’Donnell and the Hudson Div 1 AOH. (L to R) Tom Murphy, Jim Donovan, Pat Murphy, P Coleman, Jim O’Donnell, Alex Marocco, Brendan Marocco, Ed Coleman, Pete Walsh, Tom Donlin, and Mike Collum.

New Jersey State Board Endorses National Candidates

The NJ State Board on Saturday April 17th at a board meeting endorsed the following candidates running for office this July in Cincinnati Ohio at the National Hibernian Convention:

Jere Cole – Director

Seamus Boyle – President

Brendan Moore – Vice President

Tom McNabb – Secretary

Jim McKay – Treasurer

Danny O’Connell – Director

Keith Carney – Director

All incumbents and candidates were unanimously endorsed.  “It’s the leadership and experience and energy that makes these men great leaders”, stated State President Cole