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.
Chair, Charities and Missions
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West Islip, NY 11795
Deputy Charities and Missions