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.

In Memoriam

Father William Barnaby Faherty, the well known Jesuit historian and author, died Aug. 22 at St. Louis University Hospital. He was 96 and had been a Jesuit for nearly 80 years.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Aug. 24 at St. Francis Xavier College Church.

Despite declining health, Father Faherty, the prolific author of more than 40 books in several genres, was working on a book about early St. Louis.

A St. Louis native, he was the son of an Irish Catholic father and a Protestant mother. He attended St. Louis University High School. In a newspaper article in the early 1980s, Father Faherty said he gave much thought to becoming a priest during his high school years and cited the influence of an instructor who was a Jesuit priest.

He entered the Society of Jesus at age 17 at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant on Sept. 1, 1931. He earned a master’s degree in medieval history at St. Louis University in 1938, a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in social history in 1945 and a doctorate in theology in 1949, both from St. Louis University. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 21, 1944, by Bishop Paul C. Schulte at St. Mary’s College in Kansas.

From 1948 to ’56 he taught history and sociology at Regis College in Denver, Colo. During this time he wrote a practical guide based on theological reflection, “The Destiny of the Modern Woman in the Light of Papal Teachings.” He returned to St. Louis and from 1956 to ’63 was writer and pamphlet editor for the Queen’s Work Press.

From 1963-84, Father Faherty was professor of history at St. Louis University and was professor emeritus at SLU until his death. From 1980 to 2002 he was curator of St. Stanislaus Museum on the site of the original Jesuit novitiate in Florissant, and from 1984 to 2000 he was the archivist for the Missouri Province Archives and later the Midwest Jesuit Archives in St. Louis. He served as archivist emeritus for the Jesuits’ Missouri Province until his death.

Father Faherty was also a well-known speaker, giving numerous talks for the Sacred Heart Program and regularly preaching retreats at White House. “As an author and speaker he was always concerned with reaching the ordinary person,” said Jesuit Father J. Daniel Daly, socius for the Jesuits Missouri Province.


Michael Joseph Brassil, 70, of St. Louis, MO, passed away on July 18, 2011. Mike was born in Astoria, New York, to Michael and Juliann, of County Kerry, Ireland. He served in the Army during the Berlin Crisis. He moved to St. Louis in 1966. He owned and operated multiple Ziebart franchises. He was an Officer of American Legion Post #101.

He was a long time President of the Cardinal Glennon Division #2 in St. Louis and served as Missouri State President. Mike was honored by his brothers as Hibernian of the Year and served as Chairman of the AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis. He played Irish music for over 30 years and led his own group, playing at nearly all Hibernian functions and at many restaurants  and other local activities. He was a major force in securing the 2014 National Convention  for St. Louis.

He was buried with full military honors at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  All those who came into contact with him will miss his enthusiasm and dedication to all Irish causes. His three sons, Patrick, Daniel and Sean, and two sisters, Sheila and Maureen, survive him.



Daniel “Dan” P. Lyons, 60, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011, in the Hershey Medical Center.

He was born November 9, 1950, in Philadelphia, a son of Phillip Lyons and Anna Flynn.

Prior to his retirement, he was an IT Specialist with IBM for more than 23 years.

Dan was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church; the Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg, serving as Vice President and 2011 recipient of their Corby Award; the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Cumberland County; and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Hibernian Frank McKamey said of Brother Lyons, “Dan Lyons was a proud founding member of the Michael Collins Div. 1 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania AOH. He severed in a variety of positions, including Past President, Vice President, Financial Secretary and also served as Cumberland County President. Dan was a true Hibernian in every sense and was instrumental in many ongoing projects to this day, such as our Catholic Education Awards program, the Adopt a Monument Clean Up at Gettysburg National Park and proudly lived his Irish heritage everyday. Dan was known all over the state of Pennsylvania for his passion of all things Irish and AOH.”

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia A. Lyons, of Camp Hill, and sons Joseph W. and his wife, Sarah Lyons, of Pittsburgh, and his grandson due to arrive in December; and Daniel P. and his wife, Hanna Lyons, of Alexandria, VA. Also surviving are two brothers, James and John Lyons, of Philadelphia, as well as his large and loving extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at noon on Friday July 29, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Camp Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, c/o University Development, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.

Iowa News

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.