Call for Nagelhout Annual Charities & Missions Award

I am pleased to announce our 2nd 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.

Deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2018

When applying, a Division should submit a written narrative of their activities in the past submittal year (no more than 250 words).  For the sake of this award, the year will be January 2017 through December 2017. They should also submit a copy of their Division’s New York State Charities and Missions Annual Report for the same time frame. All award submittals must be mailed in by no later than July 1st 2018. The Trophy will be awarded at the NYS State Convention or at the State Testimonial Dinner, depending on the year.

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 recipients’ choice to a recognized charitable organization.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Buckley
Chair, Charities and Missions
3 Harvest Lane
West Islip, NY 11795

Barry Griffith
Deputy Charities and Missions

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