Massachesutts News

Members of the LAOH, along with the AOH counterparts, attended the State Convention held in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Past National President Mary H. Ryan and Past National President Mary B. Dolan installed the newly elected officers.

Members of the LAOH from across the state joined their Sister and Brother Hibernians of  Division 14, Watertown, MA for their annual Memorial Day Parade as a tribute to the Watertown Police Department, first responders, medical personnel, public safety officers and the citizens of Watertown. Several members of the LAOH joined with AOH counterparts at the annual commemoration of the John Boyle O’Reilly exercises. Members from Division 10, LAOH participated in the annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Division 8, LAOH, Lawrence, co-sponsored a memorial mass in commemoration of An Gorta Mor. On August 18, LAOH Division 8, Clinton, MA will host the annual state observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Knock. Members of LAOH Division 36, Worcester attended an Irish seisun to benefit the One Fund and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Members of LAOH Division 18, Salem, are planning for their annual summer outing to be held in August. Division 2, Holyoke, once again conducted a very successful hand-made quilt raffle with proceeds going to their scholarship fund. The design for the next quilt has already been completed and work has already begun. Division 1, Lowell will present Cahal Dunne in concert in September with proceeds going to their annual scholarship program.

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.


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.

Ohio News

The Irish Missionaries of Medina County celebrated Christmas and the installation of their newly elected officers in December. The group was honored with their State President, Mary Higgins, conducting the ceremony. The ladies joined the AOH for a Christmas party afterwards, enjoying appetizers and cheesecakes for dessert. A reverse raffle was held, sending the State President home with a portion of the winnings. Medina County likes to “keep it in the family”. Outgoing AOH and LAOH Presidents are husband and wife Kevin and Marie Hickey. Incoming Presidents are husband and wife Pete and Mary Beth Chrystal. Good Luck Irish Missionaries.

Pictured from left are Mary Higgins, Ohio State President; Anne Gaffney, Vice President; Jackie Ryan, Sentinel; Marie Hickey, Recording Secretary; Mary Beth Chrystal, President; and Ruth Ann Manley, Financial Secretary.

Pictured from left are Mary Higgins, Ohio State President; Anne Gaffney, Vice President; Jackie Ryan, Sentinel; Marie Hickey, Recording Secretary; Mary Beth Chrystal, President; and Ruth Ann Manley, Financial Secretary.

Pennsylvania Endorses Mary Ann Lubinsky for National Office

The LAOH State Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill County Board, John F. Kennedy Division #2 Pottsville and all State Divisions are proud to place into nomination the name of Mary Ann Lubinsky for the office of National Catholic Action Chairperson or any higher National office that may become available.

Mary Ann joined the LAOH in 1994 and received the Major Degrees of the Order in 1995.  She has been very involved with her division, John F. Kennedy #2, Pottsville, PA, previously serving as Irish Historian and Vice-President and is currently in her fifth two-year term as Division President.  Mary Ann established the Division website and also serves as Webmaster.

She was instrumental in establishing the Schuylkill County Board in 2004 and served as the first County Board President, Vice-President, and is currently Past President and Catholic Action Chairperson.

On the State level, Mary Ann has served as Catholic Action Chairperson, Irish Historian, Secretary, Vice-President, the 2005-2009 Pennsylvania State Webmaster, 2007-2009 State President, and is currently the 2011-2013 Webmaster/Publicity Chairperson.

On the National level, Mary Ann was appointed the 2006-2008 National Webmaster by National President, Dorothy Weldon in Boston in 2006; and in 2008 in New Orleans, was re-appointed the National Webmaster for 2008-2010 by National President Mary Ryan.  On every level—whether it be Division, County, State or National—she has served admirably in all offices, including concurrently serving as State President and National Webmaster.

She has served as a Pennsylvania Delegate to the National Conventions of 2002, 2004, and 2006 including the Constitution Convention, and National Board Delegate in 2008.  She was to serve as a National Delegate at the 2010 convention, but was summoned home from Cincinnati due to a family emergency just prior to the start of the convention.

She is the daughter of the late John J. and Anna Valent Rehnert.  Mary Ann is the widow of Edward P. Lubinsky, to whom she was married for almost 33 years.  She is the mother of two sons and has two granddaughters, and has two “daughters”-in-law.  She has spent the last fifteen years researching her Irish roots through her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McKeon Rehnert and great-grandmothers, Sarah McCabe McKeon and Margaret Gallagher Rehnert.

Mary Ann is very active in her home parish of St. Stephen Church in Port Carbon where she is a Lector and Extraordinary Minister and where she serves on the Parish Advisory Council.  For the past two years, she has been the Parish Coordinator of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Mary Ann retired from her job of seventeen years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare in May 2006.  Since September 1, 2009, she has been employed at St. Stephen’s Church as Parish Secretary.  The job has many responsibilities including superintendent of the parish cemeteries.

In addition to the LAOH and her church, she is active in her community and a member of other organizations including the Historical Society of Schuylkill County where she serves as Secretary of the Board; the Saint Clair Community and Historical Society; and Phoenix Fire Co. #2, Pottsville, where she is the photographer.  She is also a member of several Irish Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  The enjoyment she receives from family history and doing websites has resulted in her involvement with the IrelandGenWeb and PAGenWeb/USGenWeb projects where she serves as Webmaster for seven Irish websites and eight Pennsylvania genealogy websites respectively.  Mary Ann is a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia; and serves each year on the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital/Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament Committee.  She is presently involved with the videotaping of WVIA Channel 44, Public Broadcast Station’s production of “Our Town Pottsville.

It is with the utmost pride and enthusiasm that we nominate our worthy sister, Mary Ann Lubinsky, to the Office of National Catholic Action Chairperson or any higher National office that might become available.


Minnesota News

 Shamrock Division honors former LAOH state president

 Mary Minton celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept 4, 2011, at her residence in Belle Plaine. To help celebrate, members of the Shamrock Division of the Minnesota AOH, dressed in their official uniforms, arrived to thank her for her years of work in the Minnesota LAOH. Mrs. Minton served as state president for two years as well as two years as state treasurer and two years as state vice-president. The Minnesota LAOH had 743 members and 11 divisions then. She continued to be active on the Minnesota state board for several years after serving her terms. Mary continues to be active socially and supportive of the local Hibernian efforts. The Shamrock Division delegation congratulated and thanked Mrs. Minton for her dedication to the Hibernian ideals both at local and state levels. We wish her many more productive years.

The Shamrock Division of Le Sueur County of Minnesota is active with 56 members.




South Carolina News

The South Carolina Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc., welcomed both Margaret Hennessy, National President of the LAOH, Inc., and Maureen Shelton, National Vice President of the LAOH to our State Convention October 21 – 23 in Charleston, SC. They attended our workshop, the Degree Team Ceremony where degrees were conferred on 26 Ladies, and Margaret installed the following new State Officers: President Mary Conlon, Vice President Cheryl Daniels, Secretary Jennifer Davis, Treasurer Brigid Allen, Irish Historian Elizabeth Farrelly, Missions & Charity Ursula Pearce and Catholic Acton Jane Daly.

The South Carolina Degree Team, Daughters of Erin is a new Degree Team with members from Our Lady of Knock, Charleston and St. Brigid Division of Myrtle Beach. The group was formed in May, 2011 and have been invited to Conventions in Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC. The team will travel in and about SC, NC, GA and FL.

Meredith Daniels, Kathleen McMillian, Margaret Van Loan, Deb Schiable, Cheryl Daniels Ginger Frederick, Ursula Pierce , Betsy Farrelly, Sally Byrnes, Jennifer Davis Sylvia Luther, Mary Conlon, Rose Kavanagh, Brigid Allen Dinah Britnell, DoloresAnn Leslie, Maureen McEvoy, Margaret McGouey, Marie Reilly

2011-2013 South Carolina State Officers top row L to R : Jennifer Davis, Cheryl Daniels, Ursula Pearce, Betsy Farrelly Bottom L to R: Jane Daly, Mary Conlon, Brigid Allen

Pennsylvania News

Newly-installed Pennsylvania State Officers:

From left:  Shirley Murphy, Catholic Action; Rae Dispaldo, Treasurer; Ellen McCrane, Secretary; Maureen Lavelle, President; Nancy Cullen, Vice-President; Mary Ann Amesbury, Irish Historian; Maria Gallagher, Missions & Charities.

From the recent Pennsylvania State Convention, National Board Officers with
newly-elected PA State Board Officers:

First row from left:  Colleen Bowers, Immediate Past State President; Sarah Mains, National Missions & Charities and Past State President; Dorothy Weldon, Past National President and Past State President; Mary Ryan, Immediate Past National President; Theresa O’Connell, National Treasurer.

Second row from left:  Shirley Murphy, State Catholic Action; Rae Dispaldo, State Treasurer; Sheila Lynch, National Auditor; Maria Gallagher, State Missions & Charities; Mary Ann Amesbury, State Historian; Maureen Lavelle, State President; Ellen McCrane, State Secretary; Nancy Cullen, State Vice-President; Sr. Louise Grundish, Past State Chaplain.

At the recent PA State Convention, Immediate Past State President Mary Ann Lubinsky presented Kathleen Fanning of Philadelphia Division #39 with the 2011 Anna C. Malia Ruddy Award.  The award is presented at the Biennial Convention to an outstanding Pennsylvania Hibernian in acknowledgement and appreciation of her actions and deeds within the LAOH as well as her community.  Scranton PA resident Anna C. Malia Ruddy was elected the first National President of the LAAOH in 1906.  She held the office for six years, and continued to be active in the LAOH for another fifty years.

Ohio News

Ohio Elects New Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians State President

Mary Higgins, a dedicated Hibernian for over 28 years, was unanimously elected to the position of LAOH State of Ohio President.  Her passion for history and tradition of the Order along with her spirit of volunteerism has inspired her in her own division LAOH Countess de Markievicz Division #1 Franklin County.  There she has held all the offices within her division including president several times. She has served on the state level and attended state conventions almost every year since 1986 with her mother Carol who supports her in her many Hibernian endeavors.

Mary is a member of St. Matthias Church in Columbus, OH where she is a lector and Eucharistic minister, and she is also a member of the Catholic Record Society for the Diocese of Columbus, which she records and researches the history of the Diocese. This research encouraged Mary to research her own family’s genealogy where she found her great-great grandfather James A. Devine was a member of the AOH in the late 1800’s in Ross County, OH. She is looking forward to a successful term as LAOH President in the state of Ohio and continues the traditions of belonging to this great Order.


Medina County Missionaries receive National Charter at 78th Biennial AOH/LAOH Ohio State Convention. The new divisions celebrated their first anniversary in February 2011 and were very excited to receive their official charter. The membership chose their name the Irish Missionaries, in honor of Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity- a mission to care for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, and all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone”. They were also featured in a in the Cleveland newspaper “Getting to know you” section for Irish history and good works of the order. For more information about the Irish Missionaries please contact

LAOH National President Margaret Hennessey, LAOH State of Ohio President Mary Ann Weber, Past LAOH State of Ohio President Colleen McKenzie, National LAOH Catholic Action & LAOH State of Ohio Organizer Carol Sheyer, Irish Missionaries President Marie Hickey, Vice President Irish Missionaries Marybeth Crystal, Irish Missionaries Secretary Agnes Bullock.

2011 Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Bridget Linton

The winner of the 2001 Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee is Bridget Linton, a member of the Margaret Judge Division of the LAOH.   Bridget is majoring in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Akron, where she has earned placement on the Dean’s List and is a member of the University of Akron Dance Team.  Bridget is also an Irish dancer and seven-time world qualifier and medal holder.   Her career goal is to become a worldwide news correspondent. Bridget is an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Bridget’s great-grandparents, Brigid Ward and James Dixon, both immigrated to Cleveland from County Mayo.  Bridget represented Northern Ohio in the International Rose of Tralee competition in Ireland.   Bridget is the daughter of Past National President Kathy Linton.

Mahoning County, Ohio LAOH Juniors smile with pride upon receiving the Junior medals. National Vice-president, Maureen Shelton, attended the July 2011 Junior Division meeting and presented each Junior with her new Junior Division Logo medal.

Massachusetts News

The Massachusetts 2011 AOH/LAOH State Convention was held at the Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA during the weekend of June 3-5, 2011.  The members were honored to have our LAOH National President, Margaret Hennessy and Immediate Past LAOH National President, Mary Ryan in attendance.

Newly elected offices pictured (L – R) Mary B. Ryan, State Missions & Charities, Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty, State Secretary, Paula Paoli, State Vice President, Margaret Hennessy, National President, Beverly Horowitz, State President, Margaret O’Connor, State Historian, Kathleen Hair, State Catholic Action and Mary Whidden, State Treasurer.

Lowell, MA LAOH, Division 1 attended their Annual Hibernian Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church followed by a catered buffet brunch at the Immaculate Conception School Hall. Massachusetts State President Kathy Rafuse and Past Massachusetts State President Ellen Barr were honorary guests and they installed Lowell’s newly elected 2011-20012 Officers.

Pictured (L- R) Helen Picanso, Treasurer; Carol McCarthy, Vice President; Joyce Burgess, President; Anita Campbell, Immediate Past Division 1 President and Pat O’Brien, Sentinel. Standing in the second row is Ellen Barr, Past MA State President; Kathy Rafuse, MA State President; Joyce Lloyd, Office of Missions and Charities; Charlene Cesarz, Mistress-At-Arms; Donna Curran-Salyards, Financial Secretary; Maureen Barter, Recording Secretary and Helen Marie Ledoux, Irish Historian.