The AOH of greater New York took part in a historic moment yesterday as Timothy Cardinal Dolan visited The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to unveil a monument dedicated to the first Archbishop of New York, John Hughes.
The memorial was unveiled and blessed during a Vespers Service in which a capacity crowd of over 750 worshipers left standing room only inside the 200 year old church.
The 12 foot tall memorial, which features a bust of Archbishop Hughes, was created by renowned sculptor Rowan Gillespie. Funds for the memorial were provided by The Knights of Columbus, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County, and The Ancient Order of Hibernians of New York County.
There was an particularly proud moment before the Vespers Service began as members of The Ancient Order of Hibernians surrounded the Basilica in a re-enactment of the events of 1844, where then Archbishop John Hughes called out the members of the AOH to defend the church from being burned to the ground by native No-Nothing mobs.
Cardinal Dolan spoke of the historical importance of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, while also speaking of the bright future for the church and its parishioners. “This church is not a museum”, said Dolan, “This Cathedral is also a living, breathing and vibrant parish!” Cardinal Dolan also noted that he was proud to be wearing a cross that had belonged to Archbishop Hughes.
The ceremonies marked the completion of the 6 year long celebration marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Msgr. Sakano, the Pastor of the Basilica, thanked the many people who made this day possible. “This Church will always be your home” said Sakano when thanking the AOH.
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The Archbishop Hughes Memorial will be unveiled on Sunday, November 22, 2015 by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in SoHo/Little Italy downtown Manhattan in the area formerly known as the Five Points. It is fitting that there will finally be a lasting tribute to the legendary Archbishop John Hughes also known as “Dagger John”, a native of Tyrone, Ireland. It is hard to believe, the unveiling of the Archbishop Hughes Memorial and the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is almost upon us. The monument was erected this past Saturday and is amazing. The contributions from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and The Knights of Columbus have been strong and made this possible. We want to make sure you have the opportunity to celebrate this event. There are many events planned over the entire weekend, starting with a reception Thursday night (11/19) at the Fighting 69th Armory, all the way up to the Sunday Vespers and memorial unveiling by Cardinal Dolan (11/22). Click here for a promotional piece on the unveiling of the monument and the final event in the 6 year celebration of the 200th Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Click here for the Sunday 11/22 agenda and click here for a list of events throughout the weekend celebration. There are no tickets and cost for the Sunday Vespers event. It will be general seating on a first come basis. There will be overflow seating in the Youth Center.
Please contact Thomas Beirne, District 4 Director, NY State Board AOH with any questions and to RSVP for any of the weekend events.
The New York County Board of The Ancient Order of Hibernians will be co-hosting with The Knights of Columbus The Second Annual “A Taste of Guatemala” Fundraiser on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00pm. The event will be held in The Youth Center at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10012. In the spirit of Christian Charity, the AOH is honoring the tradition of Irish Missionaries who served the poorest of the poor in far off lands. Your support benefits The Friends of St. Lucas who raise money to support The Hospital Obras Sociales de Monsignor Gregory Schaffer. The event will have a full dinner tasting menu, as well as a cash bar and raffles throughout the event. Opportunities are available to purchase tickets and/or journal ads. We will also be honoring Siobhan Dennehy (Emerald Isle Immigration Center), Carmine Musumeci (NYS Deputy-Knights of Columbus), and Fr. Andrew O’Connor (Pastor of St. Mary’s Church and The Founder of Goods of Conscience). Tickets are $25.00 per person in advance, $30.00 per person at the door. For more information, contact James Hamilton at (646) 406-5804 or at email@example.com. More information can also be obtained by visiting The K of C website www.kofc443.org.