NY State Board Announces Creation of Nagelhout Charities & Missions Award

The Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout – Annual Charities and Missions Award

Arnold Nagelhout Embodied the True Meaning of “Christian Charity”


This year we are introducing an Annual Award to recognize the New York State AOH Division which best epitomizes this spirit of Charity. The award is created and presented in honor of Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout long time NY State Board Member and Charities and Missions Director.

As part of our Motto, Charity is the heart of our Faith and Organization. As members of the New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians we’re called to assist our parish’s ministries and our community’s endeavors by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy (to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, bury the dead, and give alms to the poor). Pope Francis recently said, “I am grateful to the many volunteers who offer their service in soup kitchens, giving food to those who are alone, in need of help, out of work or homeless. These meal centers and other works of mercy –‐ such as visiting the sick and the imprisoned are examples of charity in action that promote a culture of giving, since those involved are motivated by love for God and inspired by Gospel wisdom.”

These “Local” charitable activities are not being considered in lieu of our National AOH endeavors, but rather in addition to them. Both will be considered in the selection of the award recipient and both should be included in the application narrative.

When applying, a Division should submit a written narrative of their activities in the past year (no more than 500 words). For the sake of this award, the year will be 1 April thru 31 March of each year. They should also submit a copy of their Division’s New York State Charities and Missions Annual Report for the same timeframe.

Judging will be accomplished by a panel of five members as follows:
NY State AOH Vice President (Chairman)
NY State Charities and Missions Director
NY State Charities and Missions Deputy Director
2 additional members appointed by the NY State AOH President.
(If any of these five are members of a division applying for this award, they must recuse themselves and their position will be filled by the NY State AOH President.)

As we intend this award to be ever changing to meet the changes in society, judging criteria will be agreed upon by the five judge panel while maintaining a focus on charity as defined by the Catholic Church.

In addition to the award, the NY State Board will make a $500 donation to the charity of the recipient’s’ choice to a recognized charitable organization.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Buckley,
Ch Charities and Missions

Barry Griffith,
Deputy Charities and Missions

For more information, email Matthew Buckley at:


State Board Announces College Scholarship Program for 2017

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 2017 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2017.


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.


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 completed application
• A copy of the highest SAT Math score and highest SAT Verbal score
• Student Transcript
• A positive recommendation from the parish priest
A copy of the AOH membership card of the applicant, parent, or guardian. This verifies membership and the Major Degree date.

Send by June 4th, 2017 to the chairman of the State Scholarship Committee:
James Russell
219 North Middletown Road,
Unit E
Pearl River, N.Y. 10965

Do you have any questions? E-mail russe340@aol.com


Download the Scholarship Application-2017 Here



AOH Junior Division Memorialize Namesake

The family of Lt. Louis Allen attended a dedication ceremony in honor of the namesake of the Lt. Louis Allen AOH Junior Division 1 in Monroe, New York.  President of the AOH Jr. Division, Declan DeBold received the memorial shadow box containing Lt. Louis Allen medals from AOH Division 1 Life member James Kelly.

The memorial plaque was placed on the memorial wall beside the Joseph Duelk Jr. Plaque whom AOH Division 1 is named after.

Knock Visionary John Curry Laid to Rest At St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral


Members of the AOH were honored to participate in a very special Mass that was held this weekend at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.

John Curry, one of the 15 witnesses to the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Knock, Ireland in 1879 was reinterred in the walled cemetery on the Basilica grounds after a Requiem Mass celebrated by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

It was discovered several years ago that John Curry had been placed in an unmarked grave on Long Island after his death in 1943. Cardinal Dolan, along with Fr. Gibbons, the Pastor of Knock Shrine worked to have his remains brought to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral for a proper Christian Burial.

Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians assisted in the celebration of the Mass. The AOH Capital District Honor Guard was also present and worked with the Knights of Columbus in ensuring the ceremony was respectful and dignified. Several AOH Chaplains con-celebrated the Mass and were lead by State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid.

The New York State Board congratulates National Hunger Chairman Thomas Beirne and his committee on helping to organize a very successful and solemn event!

Niagara Falls Division Prepares for Convention

Niagara Falls Division 1 President Kevin O’Brien led a productive monthly meeting that focused on cultural events hosted at their beautiful Hibernian hall as well as to prepare members to attend the upcoming NYS AOH convention in nearby Buffalo.  A highlight of the meeting was a terrific report by Division Historian Bill Paterson who shared stories of the significant impact of many local Irish Americans through their heroism in military battles.

(Above) Division 1 President Kevin O’Brien, National Director Liam McNabb, Chaplain Fr. Joseph Hubert and State Director Tom O’Donnell.

Spring AOH/LAOH Meetings and Events a Success

The NY State Board spring meeting took place in East Durham on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Shamrock House.  The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.

AOH members in attendance from across the state (below) heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included the Requiem Mass and Reburial of John Curry on May 13, 2017 and the upcoming 99th New York State AOH Biennial Convention and the 59th LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, July 12 – 15th, 2017.

Brother Hibernians from the host division for the East Durham meeting, Greene County Mass Rock Div. 2 (above), stand outside Lady of Knock Church in East Durham for our Order’s annual pilgrimage.  Jimmy Cuff (far right), Division President, was assisted by many Greene County Hibernians to welcome the AOH and LAOH for our annual State Board meeting.  The NYS AOH Board thanks them for their Irish hospitality.

The weekend events included “Karen’s Carnival” honoring LAOH New York State President and Sister Hibernian, Karen Keane, of LAOH Albany Division 1 who is ending her term as president.  The lively event was held at Gavin’s Country Inn following the state meeting. 

View the photo album slideshow of the weekend events here (Courtesy of John O’Connell – Oconnellphotos.com)


Division #5 Suffolk County Holds Bi-Annual Food Drive

Efforts Help Feed Less Fortunate on Long Island

Ed Kelly, Kayla Kelly, Jim Mannix, Dennis Curtin, Larry Hurley, Mike McElleney, Don Schauder, Tom Thompson and John Hurley


The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary & Joseph Thompson, Division #5 held their Bi-Annual Food Drive on Sunday, April 30th in Shirley, NY. AOH division members were on hand at King Kullen on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley collecting food and other donations to benefit the St. Jude Roman Catholic Church Outreach Program in Mastic Beach.
“Poverty on Long Island has been ever increasing since the Great Recession and we felt that we needed to do our part to help”, explained Don Schauder, Chairman of Charities & Missions for Division #5.
“We understand how poverty and hunger can have such an adverse effect on communities. Our own Irish history shows us how hopelessness under such terrible conditions can fundamentally change a person, and the larger community as a whole. We just want to do our part in helping to make life a bit easier for struggling Long Islanders.”
Local King Kullen shoppers agreed, having donated enough food and supplies to fill two pickup trucks. “The people of the Shirley and Mastic area are so generous. They made this event a huge success”, said Larry Hurley, Vice President of Division 5. “It is truly an amazing thing to see how everyone steps up to help people less fortunate.”


AOH Division #5 Members Loading Donated Food Supplies on Long Island

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 5, will be holding another food drive later in the year. For more information about charity events or to join the order, visit



Hibernian Efforts Spotlighted on Radio Broadcast

John O'Connell @ oconnellphotos.com

Photo by John O’Connell @ oconnellphotos.com

Brother Thomas Beirne, NYAOH District 4 Director and Catholic Action Chair was interviewed on Sunday, April 30, 2017 on the WABC Radio Talk Show “Religion on the Line” 

Click here to listen to the broadcast

The subject of the interview was the life of Martin McGuinness and his contributions  to the peace efforts, the traditions behind a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass and New York County AOH Division #9’s sponsorship of the Mass held in honor of the late Martin McGuinness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral the previous Monday, April 24th, 2017.  

Participating in the broadcast was Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Deacon Kevin McCormick. Calling in during the broadcast was John Manning, NY State AOH Treasurer, with comments and compliments for Brother Beirne and his division brothers.

Division #9 NY County Hosts Memorial Mass for Martin McGuinness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Capacity attendance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Month’s Mind Mass in memory of the late Martin McGuinness


The AOH Division #9 New York County sponsored a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass for the late Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 24th, 2017.  The mass drew many Irish American Community leaders, as well as current and past Political Leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Reverend Monsignor Robert Ritchie, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, was the principal celebrant of the mass, which included readings by AOH National Director Sean Pender, and Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald.  Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivered the eulogy.

(Photos by John O’Connell)

Main Altar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City


Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivers eulogy for Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral