In Memoriam: Jerry Collins of Division #5 Bronx County

 

 

 

Gerald J. “Jerry” Collins passed away on June 14, 2018. Proud Veteran of the US Navy, he served as Chaplain of the American Legion, Charles N. Bajart, Jr. Post 1122. Jerry worked as a Verizon employee for 50 years and he was very dedicated to his neighborhood of McLean Heights. He was a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division #5 of The Bronx and also served on the Executive Board of the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

The beloved husband of Barbara and father of Keith (Jamie). Cherished Pa Booey of Dominic, Christopher and Juliana. He is also survived by his brother Kevin, his many friends, co-workers and a grateful neighborhood.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, June 18th from 2:00 – 9:00 PM at Hodder Farenga Funeral Home 899 McLean Ave., Yonkers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 19th at 12:00 PM at St. Barnabas Church, Bronx. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Gerry’s name to StJude.org.

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Division #3 Bronx County Supports Local Parish Food Pantry

Bronx County Hibernian President Bob Nolan, (r) and Bronx Division #3 President Joseph McManus (l) present Deacon Tom Tortorella a check for $250 in support of the food pantry at St. Lucy’s Parish in The Bronx.

 

In the past 3 years, the Bronx County Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the largest Irish-Catholic fraternal organization in the United States, has presented the St. Lucy’s Food Pantry with $1,000 in support of the needy residents of the parish. Nolan said, “As Hibernians we have a moral responsibility to support he Roman Catholic Church and the many outreach programs in the community.” Division #3 President Joseph McManus, a member of St. Lucy’s Parish, added, “There is no higher priority than feeding the needy.” The presentation was made in front of the Grotto at St. Lucy’s Parish.

 

 

 

Albany Division Participates in St. Pius X Annual Day of Service

Division 5 Financial Secretary Dan Berry and his wife Lori, Mark Kleege, PJ Blanchfield, Brian Early, John McCarthy, Albany County President Tim Weklar, Jim Lawlor and Jeremy Hughes

Members of Albany Division 5 participated in Saint Pius X’s annual Day of Service (4/21) cleaning and repairing furniture at the Capital Region Furniture Bank that provides furniture to needy and formally homeless families in the city of Albany.

Staten Island Hibernians Mass for Deceased Members

Members of the AOH and LAOH of Staten Island attend a Memorial Mass at the Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, Staten Island’s AOH St. Columcille Division 4 and LAOH St. Brigid Division 4, joined by their family and friends, held their annual memorial Mass for deceased Brother and Sister Hibernians at the Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne on the grounds of the historic Mount Loretto. About 70 Brother and Sister Hibernians attended the Mass, celebrated by Rev. Jeffrey Mickler, SSP, assisted by Pauline Bro. Peter F. Lyne, SSP. The Mass was organized the past two years thanks to the dedicated efforts of Brother Thomas Gray, Sr., St. Columcille Division 4’s President.

Mount Loretto was the site of the orphanage established by Rev. Father John Christopher Drumgoole. Father Drumgoole, born in Granard, County Longford on August 15, 1816, was ordained a priest in 1869, and established the orphanage Mission of the Immaculate Conception at Mount Loretto by purchasing three farms on Staten Island in 1882. The orphanage was a model institution and ensured that its children received both an education and safe and sanitary housing for its thousands of orphaned children. As well as providing for their spiritual guidance and teaching them a trade, the orphanage had the largest dairy farm in lower New York State, producing thousands of gallons of fresh milk daily for their children, as well as making their own butter and cream.

The AOH and LAOH think it fitting that we have our annual memorial Mass on this sacred ground established by a loyal son of Ireland who served his Church and his community with great devotion, until his death on March 28, 1888 from contracting pneumonia from the Blizzard of 1888 while out ministering to the faithful.

AOH New York State Distric 5 Director Marty Crimmins reading scripture at the Memorial Mass in Staten Island

Brother Martin Crimmins, AOH District 5 Director and Past President of St. Columcille Division 4, served as the first reader of the Scriptures during the Mass, Pauline Bro. Augustine Condon, SSP, read the responsorial, psalm, and Sister Margaret F. Walsh-Delbagno, LAOH Richmond County Board President and President of St. Brigid Division 4, read the second reading of the Scriptures.

Sister Walsh-Del Bagno, and Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary, read the names of all deceased Sister and Brother Hibernians who have passed on to the eternal rest since the establishment of these Divisions on Staten Island in 1970. Sister Cathy Postler, Catholic Action Officer of St. Brigid Division 4, presented the gifts during the Preparation of the Gifts during Mass.

Father Mickler gave a very uplifting and inspiring homily about the importance of the Irish saving Western civilization during the Dark Ages, their spreading the Christian faith throughout the world, and their tremendous role of the Irish in the establishment of the Catholic Church in America, with the construction of thousands of churches, schools, hospitals, and orphanages throughout the United States of America. Father Mickler also highlighted the reason for the establishment of the Ancient Order of Hibernians to protect the Catholic clergy in Ireland from persecution during the Penal Law era, and for the defense of the church against the anti-Catholic Nativist Know-Nothings in the 1830s and 1840s in America.

Father Jeffrey Mickler was the celebrant of the Mass.

Brother Kevin F. Mannion, Recording Secretary of St. Columcille Division 4, provided the musical selection for the Mass. The entrance hymn was “On Eagle’s Wings,” the Communion hymn was “Here I Am, Lord,”, the Communion meditation were the hymns “Lady of Knock” and “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,” and the recessional hymn was “May the Road Rise to Meet You.”

After the Mass, all of the Brother and Sister Hibernians and their loved ones adjourned to Mount Loretto sports complex, where they enjoyed a communion breakfast. We were honored to have Brother Gerald Mulvaney, Richmond County Board President, in attendance at the Mass and breakfast, as well as an AOH National Life Member, Brother Timothy O’Sullivan of St. Oliver Plunkett Division 16, Freehold, NJ, to join us for Mass and breakfast. Brother O’Sullivan is the proud father of Brother Neil O’Sullivan of Staten Island’s John F. Kennedy Division No. 1, and the father-in-law of Sister Cathy O’Sullivan of St. Brigid Division No. 4.

Photos by Brother Denis P. McGowan

Staten Island Division Welcomes New Members

 

Three new Brother Hibernians were initiated into the Order at the March 12th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4 Richmond County.  The candidates were sworn into the Order by President Thomas F. Gray, and the ceremony was witnessed by Brother Martin Crimmins, District 5 Director.

The candidates included Brother Patrick McGrath, Brother Denis Geraghty, and Brother Frank Dukes, a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Brother McGrath (center in photograph), aged 22, is a New York City law enforcement officer, and advised that he was proud to join the AOH. Brother McGrath also stated that he was looking forward to inviting his father, a New York State court clerk, into joining the Order.

The newly-initiated Brothers were presented with copies of a short history of the AOH, and the meaning of the AOH Emblem by Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary (I have provided copies of these for you as well).

The Division meeting was attended by almost 50 Brothers, and meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 190 members. The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team.

Deadline Approaching for State Scholarship Application

Each year, the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians awards a scholarship for college study. The amount of the award depends on the number of qualified candidates, as well as the availability of the funds. The typical scholarship award is $750 per year for four years—a total of $ 3,000. This scholarship is intended for 2018 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2018.

THE NEW YORK STATE AOH SCHOLARSHIP IS COMPETITIVE AND THE AWARD IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

1. The parent or guardian of the recipient must be a Major Degree member in good standing of any AOH or LAOH Division in New York State.
2. The parent or guardian must maintain membership in their respective division of the AOH or LAOH for the term of the scholarship.
3. Each year, the recipient must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance during the term of the scholarship by submitting to the Scholarship Chairman a transcript of grades received from the previous academic year.

THE SELECTION OF THE WINNING APPLICATION WILL BE BASED UPON THE FOLLOWING:

1. A positive recommendation by your parish priest.
2. Results of the SAT Math and SAT Verbal test scores.
3. AOH Scholarship Test Results. This is a test of the applicant’s knowledge of Irish History. This test will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay whose emphasis will be on Irish History. The test will be supervised by the Division President or a member chosen by the Division President.
4. No member can supervise the giving of the exam if they have a child that is applying for the scholarship.

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 2, 2018.

Scholarship Announcement and Criteria Form

Scholarship Application Form

AOH State President and PEC Chairman Meet with Legislators in Albany

Liam McNabb, Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D- Richmond County), Vic Vogel. Assemblyman Cusick is a Hibernian and President of the Irish American Legislator’s Society

 

AOH New York State President Vic Vogel and National Director/New York State P.E.C. Chairman Liam McNabb were recently in Albany to meet with members of the New York State Legislature to promote the Order and the many issues for which we support.  Meetings included several members of the Assembly and Senate which included many proud Hibernians.

 

AOH New York State President Vic Vogel and Senator Phil Boyle (R- Suffolk County).

 

The visits included the following Hibernians:

Assembly Meetings: Michael Cusick (D-Richmond County), Gary Finch (R-Cayuga), Michael Fitzpatick (R-Suffolk) and Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster County). 

 

Senate Meetings: Terry Murphy (R-Putnam County), Tom O’Mara (R-Chemung County), Phil Boyle (R-Suffolk County), Tim Kennedy (D-Erie County) and Marty Golden (R-Kings County).

Senator Terry Murphy (R- Putnam) and Vic Vogel

In Memoriam: John Juhren of Division #1 Schenectady

 

 

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Brother John Juhren. John joined the Schenectady AOH in 1979 and has served as Division President as well as many other offices within the Division. He was NYS AOH District #1 Director and for many years served as the Upstate New York Coordinator for Project Children. John was a member of the Schenectady Major Degree Team, a position in which he took great pride. In addition, John was a National Life Member in the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A wake will be held at Gleason Funeral Home, 730 State Street, Schenectady, on Thursday, February 22nd, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A Hibernian Service is scheduled for 6:30 PM. A Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 806 Union Street, Schenectady, on Friday, February 23rd, at Noon.

Please keep the Juhren family in your prayers.

Sincerely,

Vic Vogel

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In Memoriam: Katherine “Kitty” Geissler of LAOH Division #11 Tarrytown

Kitty Geissler was a Member of the LAOH for 80 years.

 

Katherine M. ‘Kitty’ Geissler, a longtime resident of Tarrytown died February 18, 2018 at the age of 105. Kitty was born in County Limerick, Ireland on November 4, 1912. She was the daughter of James and Hannah Ring Bagnell. She immigrated to the United State in 1930 and married George R. Geissler on October 7, 1942.

In 1938, Kitty joined the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #9 in Port Chester. The family moved to Tarrytown in 1951 and she joined the Division #11 which has since been named in her honor. Through the years she has served on every level of office including 10 consecutive terms as President. On the County level she also held many offices including that of President. She is well known throughout Hibernian circles and has been a delegate to most of the New York State and National Conventions. For several years she was a delegate to the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She was an active member of the Irish American Association of Westchester, The Catholic Daughters, Ladies of Charity, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Tarrytown Senior Citizens. She was a parishioner of Transfiguration Church and a member of their Women’s Club.

In 1979 Kitty was honored by the American Irish Association of Westchester County for her many charitable works on behalf of senior citizens, the sick and the infirmed, cancer patients, the mentally challenged and the Missions. At that time she was the first A.I.A. Irish Woman of the Year. In 1986, Kitty was Aide to Grand Marshal Patrick Grimes in the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade and in 1988 Aide to Grand Marshal Bill Burke in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 1997, Kitty was the first Grand Marshal of the Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Parade. Kitty’s dedication and good works were recognized by the L.A.O.H. when she was awarded the first Mother Teresa award by the organization. Kitty was a dedicated Hibernian with numerous contributions, respected community member, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is truly a model of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity who was dedicated to live and work with our Motto.

Kitty is survived by her daughters Alice Koraca and Mary Brady both of Tarrytown. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George, her son George, her son-in-law Ralph Brady, her daughter-in-law Mary Geissler and her brother William Bagnell.

Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5PM to 9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Transfiguration Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018  at 10:00 AM with interment to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

Coffee Funeral Home

91 North Broadway

Tarrytown, NY 10591

(914) 631-0983

 

Church of the Transfiguration

268 South Broadway

Tarrytown, NY 10591