Indiana News

Our Lady of Knock Division #1, Indianapolis, Indiana presented the annual Summer Social in honor of all who have served in some way the Division events and activities. Jan and J.J. Obrien served as hosts for the event.

The OLK Memorial Mass for our deceased members was celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on August 4, 2013 Joan Gutzwiler and Mary Winters chaired the event.  The celebration was followed by a luncheon in the Parish Hall.

Connie Heneghan hosted a craft night at her home on July 10.  Members created items to be sold at the Indianapolis Family Irish Fest in September.  OLK participates in the Fest as a major fund raiser for the Division. All profits from this event support the charities of the Division.

The OLK Mary Garvin Memorial Scholarship committee met to read the many request for the $1,000.00 scholarship to a Catholic High School.  Judy Dezelan chaired the selection committee who selected Caroline Troll and William Feree as recipients for 2013.

The St. Vincent De Paul contributions are supported by the membership’s monthly donations.  August and September donations are for personal hygiene items.

Once again, the Division has supplied sack lunches for 50 participants in the Miracle Place Academic Olympics. Participating students have been tutored in Mathematics and Reading skills in preparation for their return to school for the 2013-2014 school year.  Miracle Place offers afterschool homework help and safety for children living in at risk situations. The students choose to come to the program and are taught by retired teachers who volunteer their time and talent.

California News

As a Catholic Action project, the LAOH from Orange County, California, participated in the Friends on the Outside Christmas Party. This is an event that has been sponsored by the Society of St.Vincent De Paul for 35 years. It is a Christmas party for children with incarcerated parents. The OC LAOH has participated for the last seven years. This is Catholic Action at its best.

As a Catholic Action project, the LAOH from Orange County, California, participated in the Friends on the Outside Christmas Party. This is an event that has been sponsored by the Society of St.Vincent De Paul for 35 years. It is a Christmas party for children with incarcerated parents. The OC LAOH has participated for the last seven years. This is Catholic Action at its best.

As a Catholic Action project, the LAOH from Orange County, California, participated in the Friends on the Outside Christmas Party. This is an event that has been sponsored by the Society of St.Vincent De Paul for 35 years. It is a Christmas party for children with incarcerated parents. The OC LAOH has participated for the last seven years. This is Catholic Action at its best.


Ohio News

Riverfront Irish Festival donates back to local charities


The Riverfront Irish Festival presented checks to some of the charities at the recent AOH St. Brendan Division meeting. The festival is held the 2nd weekend in June every year in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, OH. This year marks the 18th year for the festival. Much of the proceeds go back to the community with this year’s charities: Right to Life, St. Bernard’s Hot Meals, St. Vincent De Paul, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron Celtic Guard, and Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Department. For more information

St. Bernard’s hot meals (left to right): AOH St. Brendan Financial Secretary Doug Conrad, St. Bernard’s Hot Meals Tony Smith, AOH St. Brendan President Hugh Laughlin

St. Vincent De Paul (left to right): AOH St. Brendan Past President John Conley, St. Vincent De Paul Joyce Sprowl, AOH St. Brendan President Hugh Laughlin

Right to Life (left to right): AOH St. Brendan Past President John Conley, Right to Life Patrick D’Andrea ESQ, AOH St. Brendan President Hugh Laughlin

At the State of Ohio 78th Biennial Convention July 2011, Danny O’Connell, left, National Director / Organizer; Jere Cole, National Director / Catholic Action; Tim Ryan, United States Congressman; Sean Pender,National Freedom for All Ireland Chairman; Dan Dennehy, National Immigration Chairman


The Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio, was the venue for the 78th biennial convention of the Ohio State Board.

While in Boardman, Hibernians from across the state took part in deliberations, meetings, seminars and workshops. The main business, however, was the election of new officers, setting an agenda for the next two years and determining resolutions.

Current State Board President Joe Casey was elected without opposition. Supporting him during the next two years will be Mike McKenzie, Vice President; Ron Hagan, Secretary; Jim Wade, Treasurer; and Directors Bob Harper and Tom Harvey. Monsignor John Cody is Ohio’s Deputy Chaplain. President Casey made numerous appointments to round out his support staff.

Additional energy was generated throughout the Convention by the visit of National Directors Danny O’Connell, Jere Cole, Sean Pender and Dan Dennehy. Ohio Congressman and fellow Hibernian Tim Ryan (D-17) addressed the Saturday evening banquet.

National Director O’Connell was awarded the Ohio State Board’s Commodore Barry Award for his work in the Order. Instituted in 2005, it is awarded annually to a Hibernian at the forefront of the AOH in Ohio. Since joining, O’Connell has demonstrated his leadership by volunteering his services and talent. He has continually led the Order in areas of his endeavor, which have included immigration and organization.

Today, Ohio boasts 15 AOH Divisions and nine LAOH Divisions. It was decided the beautiful city of Dublin, Ohio, in Franklin County, just outside Columbus, will host the next Ohio State Board Convention in 2013.

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At the convention, Dan O'Connell, left, and Ohio State Board President Joe Casey. Casey is shown presenting the Commodore Barry Award to O'Connell.

Ohio State Board Officers Tom Harvey, left, Bob Harper, Ron Hagan, Jim Wade and Mike McKenzie at the convention.

Ohio Irish Heritage Night

State of Ohio AOH President Joseph Casey

Second Annual Irish heritage Night at the Mud Hens by the Toledo’s Lucas County John P. Kelly division.

On August 11th Irish dancers from the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance and Molly’s Irish Dancers danced before the game and in between two of the innings along with bagpipers, and Irish singers sang the National Anthems of the United States and Ireland. Toledo Irish Americans were honored by throwing out the “First Pitch.” AOH State of Ohio President Joseph Casey, Father Marty Donnelly, Hibernian chaplain, and Jim Poland, former president of the Toledo Irish American Club all got to throw at the first pitch ceremony. Division Financial Secretary Matt Cassidy and former Hibernian Maury Collins led the singing of “take me out to the ballgame” at the seventh inning stretch. Donations made to the food bank at The Historic Church of St. Patrick in honor of the memory of the Great Irish Famine.

Texas News

Tim O'Sullivan, left, president Columcille Division, Deacon Dan McShane, Tim Pat O'Connor, president Texas State Board and Fr. Francis McHugh, pastor St. Pius X Church.

The brothers of the Columcille Division, San Antonio, Texas, are honored to announce the ordination to the permanent diaconate of Daniel T. McShane.

Dan was born in Chicago and grew up in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia in 1975 and married Sherri Chandler later that year. He began a career in the railroad industry that brought him to a variety of assignments around the country. McShane came to San Antonio in1991 when he was named a vice president of RailTex, Inc., the world’s largest regional railroad holding company. Dan and Sherri have two children, Sara Coons and Patrick McShane.

Dan has been permanently assigned to St. Pius X Church in San Antonio. He works full-time as its pastoral associate, managing the business office and operations of the parish. Prior to his ordination, Dan served as an acolyte at Mass, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a lector, trains and schedules lectors for the parish and presides at a weekly Word and Communion service at a nursing home in the parish boundaries.

He regularly presides at funeral vigils and graveside committals. He is the spiritual director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference, assists with RCIA and taught confirmation preparation and spiritual formation to the seventh-grade students in the parish school. Dan is also a member of the Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus.

The Columcille brothers gave Deacon Dan a Celtic cross stole at the reception.

May Dan’s service to Christ and his fellow man be filled with love and compassion and may he live a long, holy life bound by the Breastplate of St. Patrick, our glorious apostle.

Deleware News

Cardinal McCarrick Div. 1, of Kent County donated blankets from a winter blanket drive the division held last month along with Two Turkeys to assist the homeless men at the Interfaith Homeless Shelter this winter and holiday season. AOH Division President Brian E. Lewis, stated he would like to see more people and organizations give all year round. The Hibernian Organization believes as a society we should help our fellow man and woman who is is down and out on their luck if we can.

On Saturday, December 12th, 2010 Brian E. Lewis, President of the Hibernians – Cardinal McCarrick Div. of Kent County, presented the Kent County SPCA Director Murrey Goldwaite with a donation check from the division to help the animals at the shelter. Lewis, stated we cannot forget those without a voice this Christmas Season and urges the public to visit the shelter to adopt or contribute.

Pictured (L to R) Sarah Harding - Volunteer Coordinator, Emy Bautista - Volunteer, Brian E. Lewis - AOH President and Volunteer, Kenny G. - Volunteer, Murrey Goldwaite - Shelter Director and Shannon Crane - Volunteer.

On a cold and windy day in December, members of the Corporal Bernard McCarren Division #2 worked the concession stand at the University of Delaware NCAA football playoff game versus Lehigh to raise funds for the charities which they support. As they have done at all of Delaware’s home football games this season, eighteen members along with family and friends served as cooks, cleaners, servers and cashiers to support Holy Family Youth Ministry, The Little Sisters of the Poor and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, all in Newark, Delaware.  In addition, the Division also contributes to the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society and Cross International.  This season long effort was organized by Mike Quirk who was ably assisted by Sean Hellenga, George Murphy, Joe Conway, Joe Krankemann, President Mike Conway, Richard Clancy, Marty Drinan, Joe Roach, Ed Hageman and Tom and Ryan Quirk.

Pictured members of the Corporal Bernard McCarren Division #2

North Carolina

On January 11, 2010 the St Brendan the Navigator division, located in Huntersville, NC, presented a check to the “Room at the Inn”, a Catholic Pro-Life group. This was the first donation ever made by the St Brendan division, which was just formed in April of 2009; the funds were raised at the St Mark’s Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar, which was held in December. Na Cara Division 1 in Guilford County, North Carolina presented its 3rd annual Hibernian of the Year award to immediate past President Jim Keaney at a dinner in Greensboro on February 20, 2010.  Keaney was recognized for his efforts to raise funds for the financial health of the division through a BBQ sale as well as overseeing a highly successful annual charity raffle of a Trip to Ireland which raised over $9,000 for worthy causes in 2009, including Project St. Patrick, Freedom For All Ireland, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro and the Triad Area Catholic Schools Foundation.  In accepting the Hibernian of the Year award, a surprised Keaney remarked, “I did not expect this.  I was just doing my job.”  The event also featured guest speaker Rev. Father Benjamin Roberts, parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Greensboro and a founding member of the AOH division at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, who gave a captivating recounting of his conversion to Catholicism and calling to join the priesthood. Thanks to the hard work of Brother Joe Dougherty, State Organizer, Governor Beverly Purdue issued a proclamation designating March 2010 as “Irish-American Heritage Month” in North Carolina.

Eastern Region: The Governor Thomas Burke Division in Wake County, North Carolina raised $210 for the National FFAI Christmas appeal at their December meeting. The division will donate $2,500 to several charities including: Irish Flood relief, Project St. Patrick and Haitian Relief efforts at its annual Saint Patrick Dinner on March 6, 2010.