Missouri News

The Easter Rising was commemorated by a march to the Republican Monument in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Past National President George Clough was joined by Missouri State President John Wilson and Ladies Missouri State President Loretta Sheerin and members of Divisions from St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Missouri and St Clair County, Illinois.

The program included the reading of biographies of some of the men and women who participated in the Rising and the reading of the Easter Proclamation.

The Monument was built to commemorate those who are buried there who participated in the wars for Irish Independence. The Commemoration has been held each year and plans are already being made for the special Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary in 2016. Those attending the 2014 National Convention in St. Louis will be able to visit the Monument while at the Convention.

President’s Message

It seems as though I just wrote my last column – time seems to fly by.   I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by first attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  Then I had the honor of spending the evening at the White House in Washington.  This will be a St. Patrick’s Day that I will cherish for a long time to come.  Thanks to the diligence of our Brothers of the AOH I received an invitation to join them at the White House.

I traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for their State Convention which was held in April and enjoyed their hospitality as well as their meetings and came home the winner of several of their beautiful baskets.  They are hard at work preparing for the National Convention to be held in 2014.  Since the tornados in St. Louis I have been in touch with some of our Sisters there and they have informed me that although there was a lot of destruction from the storms our brother and sister Hibernians are okay.  Please keep them in your prayers.

The winner of the Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award is Clara Reilly.  Clara has spent the past 35 years fighting for human rights and human dignity and is well deserving of this prestigious award.   Clara will be presented her award at the AOH National President’s Dinner in October of this year.

Several of our Board Members have joined our Brother Hibernians as they celebrated their 175th Anniversary here in New York with Mass at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a reception following.

Having just completed a conference call in order to choose the recipients for our Project St. Patrick Grants, I urge all of our ladies to continue to support this worthy cause.

With May the month of our Lady, we need to pray for her guidance for our upcoming conventions and remember to pray the rosary.

National LAOH President Margaret Hennessy, National Assistant Editor Hibernian Digest Kathleen Conway, AOH New York State Past President John Hennessy, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saint Patrick’s Day.

News from Missouri

The Missouri 2011 AOH/LAOH State Convention was held at the Garden Plaza Hotel in St. Peters, Missouri.  It was well attended.  The LAOH were very privileged to have Margaret Hennessey, LAOH National President, Mary Hogan, LAOH National Secretary and Patricia O’Connell, LAOH National Historian in attendance.  John Wilson, AOH President of Michael J. Roarty Division, St. Charles, Missouri was elected and installed as AOH Missouri State President.  Loretta Sheerin, LAOH President John F. Kennedy Division #3, St. Louis, Missouri was elected and installed as LAOH Missouri State President. Patrick White and Tommy McEvoy played music for everyone at the April 1st, Friday night icebreaker.  Everyone enjoyed a “Lenten” dinner, refreshments and Irish music.  The banquet on Saturday was well attended.  Fr. Jim Byrnes, AOH Missouri Chaplain, led everyone in prayer before dinner.  After the dinner, everyone enjoyed watching the Mayer School of Irish Dancers. After the dancers, the Irish Xiles Band entertained.

Pictured (L – R) Back row: Sharron Olsen - Missouri Vice President, Margaret Kelly, Missouri Historian, Julie Hogan - Missouri Missions and Charities, Fr. Lawrence Herzog - Missouri Chaplain, Sandy Merrell - Missouri Catholic Action, Cathy LaRue - Missouri Secretary, Loretta Sheerin - Missouri President. Front row: Val Ryan - Missouri Treasurer, Margaret Hennessey - National President, Mary Hogan - National Secretary, Patricia O'Connell -Illinois State President and National Historian