Watertown Division Disperses Charity Funds during Summer Season

The Msgr. James Ruddy Division #1 in Watertown, New York has stepped up its Charities and Missions program over the last year, and the Summer of 2018 will be remembered for several important donations and presentations that were made. The members of Division #1 presented donations and pledges of support to Habitat for Humanity, The Jefferson County SPCA, The Watertown Backpack Program and The Immaculate Heart Central School of Watertown.  The funds totaled over $2,500 and were raised via the many events and activities that Division #1 sponsors throughout the year.


Habitat for Humanity

(Pictured L/R) Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, John DiSteffano (Habitat Director) President/District Director Sèan Hennessey, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy & Tom Shaughnessey.


Jefferson County SPCA

Pictured L/R: Richard Lawlee, Tom Shaughnessy, Team Owner Michael Schell, Team Manager Brandon Noble, SPCA Exec Director Heather Spizzano, District Director/Div President Sèan Hennessey, Father Chris Looby and Div Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy.


Watertown Backpack Program

Pictured L/R: District Director/Div Pres Sèan Hennessey, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stacey Eger, Richard Lawlee, Watertown School Superintendent Patricia LaBarr, Bill Flynn, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy, Tom Shaughnessy and Father Chris Looby.


Immaculate Heart Central School – Watertown,  New York

The Msgr James Ruddy Division of the AOH recently donated to Immaculate Heart Central School located in Watertown NY. Accepting Donation is Amanda McIlroy Class of 2009 from AOH Msgr James Ruddy Division member Bill Flynn.









Sullivan Brothers Division #1 Supports Local Charities at Christmas Gathering

The AOH Division #1 of Sullivan County recently presented two donations to local charity organizations at a gathering held at The Welsh Cabin Restaurant in Jeffersonville, New York.

The Division was proud to present a $500 donation to St. Francis Church of Jeffersonville to support their local Christmas Food Basket program which delivers food basket to local families in need this holiday season. The Christmas Food Basket Program is a collaborative effort between St. Francis and the United Reformed Church of Youngsville, New York.


Division #1 also presented a $1,500 pledge of support to Ride 2 Survive of Sullivan County. Ride 2 Survive Sullivan County, Inc. is a community-based organization whose mission is to assist with transportation expenses for Sullivan County residents or patients under the care of an oncologist who have been diagnosed with cancer or pre-malignant conditions. Since its inception in 2013, Ride 2 Survive has dispersed over $100,000 to over 436 community members for their transportation costs.

The Division would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and also to thank the owners and staff at the Welsh Cabin Restaurant!

For more information about Ride 2 Survive and how you can help them, you can visit their website at:




Saratoga Division Supports Local Parish Outreach Program with Raffle Proceeds

Kevin Quinn – Marshal, Bobbi Gentile – MTC Volunteer and Don McHenry, Past Division President.



Members of Commodore John Barry Division #1 of Saratoga Springs made a $700 donation to Mother Theresa’s Closet, which is part of the Holy Trinity Parish in Johnstown, New York. The volunteers collect and distribute paper goods, personal items, soap etc., to help with the needs that social service programs don’t fill. Funds for the donation were raised from the Division’s Masters Tournament Ticket Raffle that was held earlier this year.




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.


Yonkers Division Helps Catholic High School Acquire New Technology

Division #1 Yonkers member John Walsh presents $1,000 pledge to Fr. Tom Collins, President of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains


The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers recently presented a donation to Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains that will help the school to continue implementing its new learning technology platform.

Division #1 member John Walsh presented a $1,000 donation to Fr. Tom Collins, who is the President of Stepinac High School. John is a graduating senior from Stepinac this year and is the son of Division #1 Vice President Jim Walsh.

The funds will be used to purchase new Samsung Chromebooks for student use. School officials explained that new technology is becoming a necessity in today’s learning environment.
“Since our school uses a blended learning environment where the teacher uses online resources that include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), digital textbooks, and my Pearson Online Labs, the use of mobile devices is becoming more and more important every year.” said Stepinac Advancement Officer Patrick Massaroni, “The ability to acquire additional Chromebooks will only add to our ability to ensure that every student has the resources to use our digital platforms regardless of the circumstances.”

Donation will go to purchasing new Chromebooks for students


Division #1 Yonkers has also supported other local Catholic High Schools with donations for computers labs at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers and Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.

The funds provided by the Hibernians were raised at the AOH Yonkers Annual Charity Golf Outing which is held each spring at the Ardsley Country Club in Dobbs Ferry.


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:


Watervliet Division #1 Supports Local Fire Dept. Relief Fund


Bruce Hidley, Manning; Jody Legault, firefighter and Union President, Division #1 President Mark Scully, Mike Price, and Fire Chief Rob Conlen.

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning joined city firefighters and members of the Watervliet Ancient Order of Hibernians on June 16 to accept a check for $2,000 for the city’s Burn Out Fund. The order made the donation from proceeds of their Christmas tree sales from the last two years.

The “Burn Out” Fund is money that has been set aside to be used in the event of a devastating fire that leaves a family without the basic needs to survive, such needs as a roof over their head, clothes to wear and food to eat. It also helps with things like needed medications, sundries, blankets, and a toy for the children. The money can also be used in the event that a firefighter is injured during a fire.

Remembering Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout – A True and Dedicated Hibernian


Remembering Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout

A True and Dedicated Hibernian
1941 – 2015

     Members of the New York State AOH were shocked to hear the news that long time NY State Board member Arnie Nagelhout had passed on July 29, 2015 after battling a sudden illness. Arnie was 73 years of age.

      Arnie was a charter member of The Rev. James Brown, Division #1 of Niagara County, where he spent the last 44 years serving in every elected Division and County office. Arnie was a truly dedicated member of the AOH, and generations of spectators at Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will remember him as he portrayed St. Patrick himself on the street every year.

      Arnie was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, and graduated from Bishop Duffy High School and Alfred State College. He proudly served in the United States Army from February 24, 1964, until his honorable discharge on January 31, 1970. Arnie was employed as an engineer for Conrail for 35 years, and was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister.
Not only was Arnie a long time member of The AOH, he was also a member of The Knights of Columbus, Council #247.

      In 2013, the AOH National Board declared Arnie as a Life Member of the AOH in recognition of his many decades of service to our order. Arnie currently served as The AOH New York State Charities and Missions Chairman, where he encouraged every Division to fulfill and expand its obligation towards True Christian Charity.

      Arnie was predeceased by his wife Josephine in 2003, and is survived by his sons, Richard, Robert and Brian. His daughters, Debora and Kathleen, and his four grandchildren Katelin, Ashley, Zachary and Jacob.

      The Officers of the New York State Board ask that you keep Arnie and the entire Nagelhout family in your prayers. Arnie’s dedication and devotion to faith left an indelible mark on our organization, and we are much the lesser for his absence. We can however strive to achieve the great example he set for us, and we will never forget that Arnie taught all of us that “True Charity” comes from the heart.

May He Rest In Peace                                              Féadfaidh Sé Chuid Eile i Síocháin