It is with great joy that the National Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America congratulates you on your elevation by Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Your election as a Cardinal is of special significance to the AOH since you are a member of Division Nine in Allegheny County Pennsylvania.
In addition to the congratulations of the AOH National Board, we bring you fraternal greetings from all of your Hibernian Brothers in Allegheny County. The AOH Brothers will always remember your celebration of the Eucharist for us at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Masses and Communion Breakfasts as well as your marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parades no matter what the weather conditions were.
On a personal note, I feel a sense of pride in the fact that for eighteen years I was the pastor of St. Wendelin Church where you were baptized on December 8, 1940.
Your Eminence, you can be assured of the prayers and best wishes of all the members of the AOH as well as all of you friends in Pittsburgh that Holy Spirit will continue to be with you and guide you in your new duties and responsibilities as a Prince of the Church.
Fraternally in Unity, Fraternity and Christian Charity,
Rev. Thomas M. O’Donnell
AOH National Chaplain