Call To Convention

The Call to Convention will be mailed to all New York State Officers during the first week of June. Please let this column serve as notice of the upcoming convention to all Hibernian Brothers.

 

The 98th Biennial AOH/NYS Convention, as mandated by Article III, Section 1 of the AOH/NYS By-laws, will convene as follows:

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Long Island Marriott Hotel

101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, NY 11553

 

The Agenda for the Convention is defined by Article V, Section 1 of the AOH/NYS By-laws. Officers should have 150 copies of their report.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as NYS Secretary. I am looking forward to meeting with you at the convention.

Chaplain’s Message

It was good to see so many of you up in East Durham, at the State Board meeting; any time I am able to get up to the Irish Alps is a good time, but the chance to spend some time with other Hibernians makes it all the more enjoyable. If any of you get the chance to spend a night or two there this season I would encourage it, since it is part of our New York Irish heritage, and has been experiencing a slow, but steady, rebound.

 

By the time this gets sent out, we will, as a Church, be entering or already in Ordinary Time. While there are those that approach this liturgical season as if it is mundane, the fact is that no liturgical time is mundane, and this time is especially important. While the Lenten, Easter, Advent and Christmas seasons all have the obvious theme, whether they are pointing to the arrival of a certain event, or are an extended observance of those events, Ordinary Time is both of these. First, let’s clear something up, “Ordinary” derives from the same base as “Orient” and “Order”; what we are doing during this time, is ordering our lives towards God. So we are focusing on our coming to God, but we recognize also that we have already come to Him. In other words, make sure you get to church during the summer months.

 

While I look forward to seeing many of you at the State convention on Long Island this July, I am also experiencing that tightness in my chest that has come from a number of these events over the past number of years. While I will not tell anyone how to vote, I will encourage everyone to behave as decent human beings and Christians, remembering our motto. I will also encourage our candidates, and whoever is elected to put the good of the Order before any personal agendas. As followers of Jesus Christ, especially as members of a Catholic organization, we are called to set an example of how to behave for those in the secular world, not to bring their example into the Order.

 

Finally, let me make yet another appeal on behalf of the housing project in D.C. that will benefit those who are studying at the John Paul II Institute. Fr. Fred Close is still attempting to set up adequate housing for graduate students, who, unlike those in other programs, will use what they learn at the JPII Institute to directly benefit their parishes, dioceses and religious communities. The checks can be made out to: St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017; write “AOH JPII” in the memo line. Yours in Christ and our motto,

Fr. Henry W. Reid

2015 NY State AOH Convention

nycli_home01Dear Brother and Sister Hibernians,

The Nassau County AOH and LAOH Boards are looking forward to welcoming you to the 98th New York State AOH Biennial Convention and the 59th LAOH Biennial Convention, which will take place from July 8th-11th at the Long Island Marriot in Uniondale, NY.

Enclosed, you will find the forms for convention registration, free night cruise, major degree, journal ads, and the golf outing registration. To book a room, please call the Long Island Marriott at 516-794-3800 and use the code “Ancient Order of Hibernians” to enjoy the $159 rate. Please book your room as soon as you can, as the rate is only good for rooms booked before June 17th.

The packages are priced at a $200 rate for the full package with the individual rates of $50 for the Icebreaker on Wednesday, $75 for the Friday night Awards dinner and $95 for the Installation Banquet, which will go up accordingly for registrations received after June 10th.

On Thursday July 9th, the Nassau County Convention Committee will be hosting a cruise departing from the Freeport Nautical Mile. The cost is $50 per person, which includes transportation to and from the ship, food, drink and entertainment.

Finally, the AOH Nassau County Board will be hosting a golf outing on Wednesday, July 8th. Enclosed is the information about costs, times and sponsorships.

When registering for the Golf Outing or the Cruise, please send separate checks for each event. Do not include with the package.

The committee hopes you will enjoy your time in Nassau and if you have any questions, please visit our website at www.nyaoh2015.com or feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you.

Yours in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity,

Joe McDonald & Mike Byrne                            Regina Begley
AOH Convention Chairmen                                       LAOH Convention Chairperson

Click Here To Download The Cover Letter
Click Here To Download The Registration Form
Click Here To Download Hotel and Dinner Information
Click Here To Download Free Night Cruise Info
Click Here To Download Journal Information
Click Here To Download Men’s Degree Information

Chaplain’s Message

Let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, as well as Irish Heritage/History Month. At this time of year, when so many people come out to celebrate their Irish heritage, it is the AOH at the forefront, and therefore our responsibility to put the best of Irish culture forward. We hear it every year, that people are acting in a manner unworthy of out patron Saint’s day, either through drunkenness, engaging in stereotypical behavior or because of some poor attempt at comedy. While members of our Order are above the prejudicial t-shirts, depicting anti-Irish “humor”, and the less than dignified bing-drinking, demonstrated by adolescents and college age revelers on the sidelines of parade routes, there are times that some of us are less than we should be on the 17th. I am reminded often of the old “Man in the Glass” poem, which hung in my father’s office for so many years, instructing the reader to refrain from behavior that will make them hesitate to look at themselves in the mirror. Chances are all of us have, at some time, done things we regret, with or without the excuse of alcohol; but if your actions or demeanor look like you step out of the pages of Punch magazine or drawn by Thomas Nast, then rethink how you want people to envision Irish culture. We make a promise we “will not countenance by (our) presence… any performance that may reasonably be interpreted as caricaturing or debasing the Irish people, whether in public or in private, in song, recitation or story, on the stage or on the screen” yet there are those who behave like walking caricatures. This St. Patrick’s Day, and accompanying season, march in parades, enjoy some food and drink, listen to some decent Irish music, but don’t give our enemies ammunition to use against us, or in ways that will make our friends and possible members avoid our company.

As we are in the Season of Lent, take this opportunity to better your relationship with God. Remember, as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in his Encyclical DEUS CARITAS EST “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”, which is what we should focus on during this Holy Season. So often we are caught up on outward observations, we forget about interior change. For years Catholics gave up meat on Friday, some calling it a sacrifice, others using it as an opportunity to enjoy some good seafood, and while there are those of us who keep Fridays “meatless” throughout the year, and all of us are called to do so in Lent, many forget why. We are free to eat the flesh of cold-blooded animals on Friday; however, abstaining from warm-blooded flesh is a reminder that the Flesh of Christ was nailed to the Cross on Friday. By the way, while those under fourteen and over sixty are not obliged to fast during Lent, they are required to abstain from meats.

One of the biggest problems we have had in the Church in recent times is the spread of wrong information by the media and others. In order to know what Pope Francis said, do not take the news media at face value, since they are out to make money and all have their own agendas. Instead try the Vatican’s website (www.vatican.va) which has links to its own news service, or try the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ site (www.usccb.org); also check out your own diocese’s website.

Finally, I am working on a retreat weekend, this Fall, for any Hibernian that wants to take some time to pray and reflect, to deepen their relationship with God. For those hesitating about coming on a retreat with me, arrangements for other priests as confessors and spiritual directors will be in place.

Coming Home

As we are now only one year before the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, it might be well to remember something that was done just one year before the 50th anniversary of that milestone in Irish history. It was the long awaited return of the remains of an Irish patriot from an ignominious grave in Pentonville Prison, England. After years of negotiation, in January 1965, the Brits agreed to return the remains to his home land. However, despite his last wish to be buried at Murlough Bay on the Antrim coast, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson released the remains only on the condition that they not be brought into Northern Ireland, as he feared that it would provoke Catholic celebrations and Protestant reactions. Who was this patriot that he was still feared fifty years after his death? His name was Sir Roger Casement.

Roger Casement was born in Dublin to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother. At 17, he went to work for a Shipping Company in Liverpool. He was sent to west Africa where he joined the British Colonial Service and was gradually advanced to a position in the British Consulate. Horrified at the inhuman treatment of native workers in the Congo, he wrote a report exposing conditions there. The story was published and Casement returned to England in 1904 a hero. In London he met Alice Green, a historian who denounced England’s exploitation of the Irish. Her argument impressed him and when he returned to Ireland he looked up her friends: Bulmer Hobson, Eoin MacNeill and Erskine Childers. He soon became their confidant as well as the friend of other nationalist notables. Casement’s service earned him the post of Consul General at Rio de Janeiro and he left for his new posting. There his sense of fair play led to a scathing report on the cruelties practiced on native workers on the rubber plantations. It became an international sensation. He returned to England in 1911 and was Knighted for his public service. Casement retired from the Colonial Service in 1912 and returned to Ireland where his sense of fair play was again aroused – this time by the conditions of his own people under the Crown.

He joined the National Volunteers in 1913 and when he left Ireland the following year, he was on a different mission – to arrange to bring 1500 Hamburg guns into Howth Harbor to support an insurrection. When money was needed to secure more arms, Casement went to New York in July 1914 to see John Devoy who had been raising funds for that purpose among the American Irish. While in America, England declared war on Germany and Casement immediately contacted the German ambassador to America seeking aid. In October, 1914, he sailed to Germany carrying a small fortune to purchase more arms. His persistence paid off and the Germans dispatched the ship AUD with a cargo of arms to Co. Kerry for a planned rising. Casement followed in a submarine, landing on Banna Strand in Tralee Bay on Good Friday, 21 April 1916. No one met him as a delay of 24 hours had been radioed to the AUD, but the ship’s radio was inoperative. The British, alerted to the plans, intercepted the AUD and captured Casement.

Casement was hurried away as a prisoner to London to stand trial. Found guilty of high treason, he was sentenced to be hanged. A world-wide furor erupted. Here was a just man, recently knighted by the Crown for his efforts on behalf of persecuted natives in far corners of the world, sentenced to death by that same Crown for daring to challenge the exploitation of his own downtrodden people. His Knighthood was withdrawn and, in an effort to reverse public opinion, the British circulated diaries alleged to be Casement’s, which recorded homosexual practices. The public furor died down and Casement was hanged and buried in Pentonville Prison on 3 August 1916 – the last of the 1916 patriots to die.

In 1965, after years of requests, England finally relented and returned Casement’s remains to Ireland, but only after circulating the despicable Diaries once more. This time they didn’t reckon on modern analytical methodology and the diaries were declared forgeries. Despite the withdrawal of his knighthood in 1916, the 1965 British Cabinet record of the repatriation decision still referred to him as Sir Roger Casement. Casement’s remains lay in state at Arbour Hill chapel for five days, during which time an estimated half a million people filed past his coffin to pay last respects. After a state funeral on March First, the remains were buried with full military honors in the Republican section of Glasnevin cemetery with Ireland’s other national heroes. The President of Ireland, Éamon de Valera, who in his mid-eighties and was the last surviving leader of the Easter Rising, defied the advice of his doctors and attended the ceremony, along with an estimated 30,000 Irish citizens – one year before the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising in which he was an integral part.

Editors Note: Years later, in a conversation with another great patriot, Joe Cahill, who had once been apprehended bringing arms into the IRA, he asked if I knew the name of the ship he was caught on. I replied ‘Yes, it was the CLAUDIA’. He smiled and asked what is significant about that? I thought for a while and replied I know of nothing in Irish history related to a Claudia.   He said, drop the first two and last two letters and what have you? He just loved the irony!

New York State Hibernian 2015 Bowling Tournament

Saturday, April 11th 2015 12:00 pm
$30.00 per Bowler
Includes Bowling and Banquet
Special pricing for “Banquet Only”
5 Man Team Format
Bowling: Sportsmen’s Bowl, 1652 Crane Street
Awards and Dinner: Schenectady Hibernian Hall, 1748 State Street
LAOH Teams, Single Bowlers, Cheerleaders and
Peanut Gallery Always Welcome
Sponsored by the JFK Division #1 Schenectady County
Contact: Steve Mackey mackeys97@gmail.com / 518-346-7050
Owen Cole: omcole@verizon.net / 518- 527-5069
RSVP by March 28, 2015

Click Here To Download Registration

Click Here To Download Sponsorship Forms

James F. Hayes Golf Classic

The Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament was-held in Elmira on July 19, 2014. The winning team was from Geneva, the team members were Joe Hennessey, Buckey Allen. Lenny Visco and Mark Bauer. The second place team was from Elmira and the team members were, Marty Sullivan, Marty Sullivan Jr., Barry Edwards and Gary Farwell. The 2015 Jack Burns Memorial will also be hosted by Elmira.

The 2015 AOH NYS Bowling Tournament will be hosted by Schenectady. Information will be available soon.

The 16th Annual James F. Hayes Golf Classic will once again be held at Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course. The date will be May 1, 2015.

The Hole Sponsors for the James F. Hayes Golf Classic MUST be received by April 1, 2015.

Chaplain’s Message

Fr. Henry W. Reid

Since we just had the State Board meeting, and I addressed so much in the previous newsletter, I will try to keep this short. Again, I would ask every Division and County Board consider running a fund raiser for the Hibernian Housing Project at John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C.. Unlike other Graduate programs, those at the John Paul II Institute directly benefit our local parishes and Church communities, since those who earn degrees return to instruct and direct programs on parish, diocesan or seminary levels. Any donations can be made out to: St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017; write “AOH JPII” in the memo line.

By the time this comes out, we will probably have entered into our Advent Season, which is a time of preparation for Christmas, although with the barrage of Christmas displays that started showing up in stores back in September, one couldn’t be blamed for thinking we already entered into the celebration of Christ’s Birth. Please remember that this is the reason why we celebrate this Holyday, because God, in the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, chose to take on flesh and become part of His creation; known as the Incarnation, it is most contemplated subject in all Theology. Remember that the Christmas Season does not end on Christmas Day, but lasts until the Baptism of the Lord, on January 11th.

Finally, there has been a lot of reaction to the announcement of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to the inclusion of homosexuals in the parade. In approaching this subject we need to keep in mind that while the Church’s moral teachings state that homosexual acts, like all sexual acts outside of marriage, are disordered, treating homosexuals themselves with anything except the respect they deserve, as human beings made in the image and like of God, is also wrong. For all of the years and legal battles that the Parade Committee stood opposed to the admission of homosexual groups marching in the parade, it seems ridiculous that they would suddenly fold on this issue. Some of the brothers who hold delegate positions with the Committee have stated that this action was taken by very few of the board, and is not sitting well with most others. Some brothers have already called for a complete boycott, forever walking away from the parade, while others have decided to stay involved and work for change from within. Ultimately, it is up to everybody to decide for themselves what to do. For those who decide to remain affiliated, I would encourage them, that once they have done all they can to remedy this latest situation, they work to establish a required dress code and etiquette for marchers. Even if the ridiculous attire on the sidelines is banned from the line of march, there are various participants whose appearance and behavior do not necessarily reflect the dignity of the Irish people and Catholic Faith, present in the person of St. Patrick, whose Feast day we celebrate.

In the meantime, have a Blessed Christmas and Holy New Year.