President Boyle’s Letter To Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Excellency Timothy Cardinal Dolan
1011 First Ave
New York NY 10022

Your Eminence Cardinal Dolan,

As National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on being elevated to the position of Cardinal. It is only a few short years ago that I first wrote to you congratulating you on being appointed Archbishop of New York.

On behalf of your brothers in the AOH we know you will continue to do an excellent job for the Archdioceses and for all the Catholics across this great country of ours. You have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to our people who need just such a person to lead us in such disturbing times.

We know what a tremendous responsibility this is at such a tumultuous time and you have my assurance that we, your AOH Brothers, will keep you in our daily prayers and we ask that you pray for us also. We wish you the very best and we ask that God and St Patrick keep you well.

Seamus Boyle National President
Ancient Order of Hibernians In America,Inc


In a letter to Cardinal Select Wuerl from our National Chaplain Father Tom O’Donnell

Your Excellency,

It is with great joy that the National Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America congratulates you on your elevation by Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Your election as a Cardinal is of special significance to the AOH since you are a member of Division Nine in Allegheny County Pennsylvania.

In addition to the congratulations of the AOH National Board, we bring you fraternal greetings from all of your Hibernian Brothers in Allegheny County.  The AOH Brothers will always remember your celebration of the Eucharist for us at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Masses and Communion Breakfasts as well as your marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parades no matter what the weather conditions were.

On a personal note, I feel a sense of pride in the fact that for eighteen years I was the pastor of St. Wendelin Church where you were baptized on December 8, 1940.

Your Eminence, you can be assured of the prayers and best wishes of all the members of the AOH as well as all of you friends in Pittsburgh that Holy Spirit will continue to be with you and guide you in your new duties and responsibilities as a Prince of the Church.

Fraternally in Unity, Fraternity and Christian Charity,

Rev. Thomas M. O’Donnell

AOH National Chaplain