Mt. Kisco Division Presents Annual Donations to Local Hospice Care and Cancer Centers

William & Will McCormack, Charles McGuiness, Ann Cullinane, In Center Hospice Care Pres. Michelle Murphy Quirolo, Hospice Care CEO, Margaret McHugh, Jim McHugh ,Bernadette Mcguire, Dana Hickey, Ed Reilly, Ann Hough, and Jim Cullinane

 

     On November 29, 2017 the Frank H. Fox Division #16 of Mount Kisco donated $6,228.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life” ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, New York. Hospice Care (Visiting Nurse Association) is a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

     On December 9, 2017 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. donated $6,228.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

     Since 1992 the A.O.H. has donated $239,359.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam and Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairman Brian Jones.  The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help; St. Mary’s in Katonah, St. Patrick’s in Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi in Mount Kisco, St. Patrick’s in Armonk, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Brewster, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Shrub Oak, Holy Innocence in Pleasantville, and St. John’s/St. Mary’s in Chappaqua.

 

Sullivan County Division 1 Donation

At their December monthly meeting, members of Sullivan County Division 1 made a donation to Sullivan West Project Care. The $400 donation will be used for toys for tots within the Sullivan West school district.  More importantly, some of the money will be used to fund the purchase of bookbags, winter clothes, and to help a local family recovering from a devastating house fire. Pictured is President Bill Moloney, along with division members presenting the $400 check to Sullivan West teacher Tara Brey who also serves as chair of the Sullivan County West Project Care. 

Dutchess County Msgr. Sheahan Division Activities

The Dutchess County Msgr. Sheahan AOH Division 1 held their annual dinner dance on October 21, 2017.  According to division President Michael Shepheard (shown right with fiancé Cassandra Kaye), the dance held at the Elks Club in Wappingers Falls raised more than $5,000 and was a huge success. Profits from the event will be used to support local charities including Meals on Wheels, Birthright, and the Dutchess County St Patrick’s Parade to name a few.

Needy area neighbors didn’t have to wait long to benefit from some of the money raised…when on November 10, 2017, the membership of Msgr. Sheahan Division 1, along with family and friends prepared meals for approximately 150 less fortunate people at the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The event was chaired by division Sentinel Jim Englishby (shown far right) who solicited donations from local supermarkets and businesses.  Additional food and supplies were provided by the division.

In Memoriam: James Walsh of Division #3 Pearl River

It is with deep sadness we inform you of the passing of Jim Walsh. Please join us this Sunday November 19 at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan for a Hibernian Ritual to honor him. Please arrive by 3:15 pm so we can conduct the ceremony promptly at 3:30.

Please see Jim’s obituary below.

James Walsh, 73, of Orangeburg, formerly of Paramus, NJ entered into eternal life on November 13, 2017. Jim died peacefully at Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City after suffering a long illness.

Jim was born in New York City and was educated at St. Luke’s Elementary School in the Bronx and St. Joseph’s School in Metuchen, NJ. Jim was employed at J. Walter Thompson and Canadian Pacific. He then worked for NY Telephone/ NYNEX/ Verizon, where he retired after 30 years. Jim also served as a Sergeant in the Air Force National Guard.

Jim was a long-time member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 3, in Pearl River, where he had been the House President. He was also a member in good standing of the American Legion Post 329 in Pearl River and the Irish Arts Forum.
Jim was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Ann Walsh of Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland and the Bronx, his sister Sr. Gilmary Walsh, O.P. of Blauvelt and his brother John of Stuart, FL.

He is survived by his sister, Bridget Ann (BeAnn) Mullins of Millsboro, DE; his nephews, John Mullins of West Nyack, Brian Mullins of Maricopa, AZ, Daniel Walsh of Stuart, FL; his nieces, Elizabeth Walsh of Mountainside, NJ and Mary Walsh of Brooklyn; his grand nieces Alexandra Mullins, Alanna Mullins, Sofia Mullins and Hazel Kulpa; and his brother-in-law Jack Mullins of Millsboro, DE and sister-in-law Louise Walsh of Stuart, FL.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours will be Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name to the United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Moritz Funeral Home

98 Route 303 South

Tappan, NY 10983

(845) 359-0890

Watertown Division Donates Turkey Dinners to Local Catholic Food Pantry

Pictured L-R: David Ard, Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, Sean Hennessey/President and Kevin Shaughnessy/Treasurer)

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Thanksgiving! Tonight members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) donated Turkey Dinners, with all the fixings, to the St Mary’s food pantry located in Evans Mills NY.

Father Chris Looby (Pastor, St Mary’s Catholic Church) graciously received the donation from the AOH with great joy. Father Looby noted that many residents in the Evans Mills area have family members in the U.S. military and would welcome such a worthy gift.

Sean Hennessey (President, Watertown’s AOH Division) said: “The holiday season can be tough on those less fortunate. Hopefully this donation will bring some relief to families that are having a bit of a tough time this Thanksgiving.” Mr. Hennessey continued “The AOH was founded on the the motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Hopefully this donation, by members of the Msgr James Ruddy Division, lives up to our mission.”

Each package includes:

15+ lbs Turkey, 5 Lbs Potatoes, Gravy, stuffing, cranberries, yams,

canned corn, bottle of soda and both pumpkin and apple pie,

The AOH is the oldest and largest Irish Catholic fraternal organization in the world with our Division (Msgr James Ruddy Division) located in Watertown NY. If you’re a 16+ years of age, a practicing Catholic of Irish ancestry and would like to hear more about our Order feel free to email us at nnyirish@gmail.com. The AOH meets regularly in the Watertown area with a focus on our faith and a united Ireland.

Special thanks to the following members that made personal donated to this cause: Kevin Shaughnessy, Tim Sweeney, David Ard, Sean Hennessey, Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Jim Fitzpatrick & Tom Shaughnessy.

Greene County Division #1 Holds Officer Installation Ceremony

Pictured from Left to Right – Owen Cole, NYS AOH District Director, Jimmy Cuff, “Mass Rock” Division President and Liam McNabb, AOH National Director.

 

Officers of the “Mass Rock” Division were installed in a ceremony in Leeds, NY on Sunday, November 12th. AOH National Director Liam McNabb swore in the Officers and was assisted by NYS District Director Owen Cole. In attendance was Past NYS AOH President Peter Durkee and many County and Division Leaders of the Capital Region who showed support for the newly installed Officers.

NY State President Joins with LAOH Juniors in Honoring Veterans

AOH New York State President Vic Vogel (center rear) with members of the LAOH Division #7 Juniors honoring local veterans.

 

On, Monday, November 6, 2017, AOH New York State President Vic Vogel joined Division #7 Junior girls who honored the member Veterans of the organization, along with event organizers Division #7 LAOH Vice-President Madonna Nolty and NYS LAOH Catholic Action Chair Cathy Norton Doherty. The meeting opened with the Presentation of Colors from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Division, and a piper from the same group.

Proclamations were presented by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, and New York State Senator Phil Boyle. Representing Mr. Boyle was Division 7 Member, Dennis Bennet. The recipients of the proclamations were Joseph Horton and Richard Mackey, who are both Korean War Veterans.

Also in attendance were Suffolk LAOH President Pat Cremmins, Vice-President Alice Faughnan, and Catholic Action, Cindy Haugland.

“I wish to thank all who took the time to come down and support our vets and honor them which was a long overdue thank you for many of them.” said Cathy Doherty, “It was such an honor to be among these veterans, taking time to thank them for their sacrifices and getting to know them and hear their stories. Some really remarkable and brave people. There could never be enough memorials, medals and parades to make up for what our veterans sacrificed. So, for now we simply say thank you, as we live each day in the freedom they have preserved.”

 

Fall AOH/LAOH Meetings Concluded

The Fall State Board  Semi-annual Meeting took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Hibernian House in Pearl River  — home of Rockland County Division 3.  The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.

(View a photo album of the day’s event courtesy of John O’Connell)

Reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors were delivered along with reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs,  NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report. NY National Directors Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy also spoke about Political Education and Immigration.

AOH members in attendance from across the state heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included a fundraiser on November 12th for the Restoration of the Emmet Graves Project being carried out by the newly formed Westchester County Division 17. Additional upcoming events include the Peekskill Division 18’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s where NYAOH President Vic Vogel will be among the honorees.

National officers like Tim McSweeney, Brendan Moore and John O’Connell and gave a short update on the recruiting initiatives of the new Marketing, Promotion and Advertising Committee.  Programs like the ‘Why I’m a Hibernian’ effort were explained. The many project help recruit new members and retain existing members. All NYS members are asked to participate by submitting a short paragraph or two explaining why they chose to become a Hibernian and to expand on the benefits of being a Hibernian. They intend to use the best responses in various social media campaigns, on the national and state websites, and in other media. They are also encouraging Hibernians to make brief, informal videos that will enable brothers to tell potential membership candidates “in person” why they are Hibernians and why other Irish-American Catholics should join, and how.

In Memoriam: Thomas Clark – Past President Division #1 in Auburn

   

 

     Thomas P. Clark, 79, of Lewis Rd, Auburn, passed away on November 4, 2017. Born in Squantum, MA on September 7, 1938, Tom was the son of the late Francis and Eleanor Kennedy Clark. In 1960 Tom and Jeanne were married and together they shared five children. Tom was a past president and loyal member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as well as being a member of The Knights of Columbus and the VFW. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s church, attending mass every morning. Tom was passionate about politics, cherished the friendships he shared and loved his family. He enjoyed taking care of his children and grandchildren.

     Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jeanne Clark, his daughters, Theresa (Terry) Shaw, Susan (Steve) Scarselletta, Kelley Barrera and Jackie Clark, his son, Patrick (Lisa) Clark, his grandchildren, Shannon, Jeanne, Steven, Dana, Julie, Sean, Ryan, Daniel, Nina, John, Lyla and Nicholas, his great grandchildren, Olivia, Fiona, Faye and Lucas, his brothers, James (Rose) Clark and John (Marie) Clark and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Patricia O’Keefe.

     Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 4-7 pm at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Church on Friday at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Humane Society, HACEE120202001, 1255 23rd St, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.

Fr. Henry Reid Installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Patchogue

Congratulations to AOH New York State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid who was formally installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, New York at a special Installation Mass held this past weekend.

 

AOH New York State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid

 

Click on this link to download and view a short video of the Installation Mass procession.

Fr. Reid Installation Procession Video