Fr. Henry Reid Installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Patchogue

Congratulations to AOH New York State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid who was formally installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, New York at a special Installation Mass held this past weekend.


AOH New York State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid


Click on this link to download and view a short video of the Installation Mass procession.

Fr. Reid Installation Procession Video



NY Hibernians March for Life

The Annual National March for Life took place on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  AOH State officers and members of the AOH and LAOH marched along with thousands more to show the Order’s support for the Unborn.

NYS AOH Board members (l-r) John Manning, NYS Treasurer; Timothy McSweeney, NYS President; Thomas Beirne, NYS District 4 Director and Keith Reynolds, NYS Organizer


Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) televising some of the many NYS AOH and LAOH members, including NYAOH State Chaplain Father Henry Reid who joined thousands of other marchers in Washington for the Annual Right to Life March.


The National AOH Board was well represented: (l-r) Dennis Parks, National AOH Director; Daniel O’Connell, National AOH Vice President; Timothy McSweeney, National AOH Organizer/NYS AOH President; and John Patrick Walsh, National AOH Pro-Life Chairman


Additional televised coverage of the NY AOH and LAOH contingent.


Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Honored at Nassau County Feis


AOH New York State Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Jack Ryan (center) with New York State President Tim McSweeney, NY State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid and members of the AOH NY State Board.

Jack Ryan was honored by Nassau County Feis Committee. Jack has been active with the Feis since 1975, serving as Chairman and currently serves as Treasurer. Jack is a AOH National Life Member, and has also served 2 terms as an AOH State District Director. Jack currently serves on the New York State Board as the Chairman of The Veteran’s Affairs Committee.


Timothy McSweeney, Isabella McSweeney (medal winner, beginner reel) Mike Bryne, Nassau County Feis Chairman



State Officers Participate in the March for Life in Washington


Members of The AOH New York State Board on Constitution Avenue Marching in the March for Life in Washington D.C.


Members of the AOH New York State Board were not about to let something as trivial as a major blizzard stop them from taking part in the largest Pro-Life event in the world as they participated in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday.



The Annual March takes place every January 22nd, which is the Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Roe v. Wade Case. The march has attracted over 800,000 participants in recent years, although this year weather conditions were expected to reduce the number taking part.


AOH District of Columbia State President John Walsh with New York State President Timothy McSweeney

The NY Hibernian group consisted of NYS Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid, NYS President Timothy McSweeney, NYS Treasurer John Manning, NYS District Director Tom Beirne, and NYS Organizer Keith Reynolds.



Members attended a breakfast hosted by the AOH District of Columbia State Board before the March for Life.

The day began with a mass and breakfast that was hosted by The AOH Washington D.C. State Board, where they were joined by fellow Hibernians from around the country who had also travelled to Washington for the event. The day’s events began with a rally at the Washington Monument followed by a march to the U.S. Supreme Court building.



Cold temperatures and a blizzard warning could not stop the Hibernians from New York!

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is honored to stand with those who advocate for the sanctity of all human life! To find out more about the National March for Life, please visit their website at:

State Chaplain’s Report – December 2015

State Chaplain
Fr. Henry W. Reid

It was good to see so many of you at the State Board meeting in Albany last month, always a good time to be had when the AOH gathers together.

By the time this newsletter goes out it should be Advent, which begins November 29th this year, and before we know it Christmas will be upon us again. Already, the decorations and music have begun to take over, and the Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t even been stuffed; every year it seems the madness begins earlier and earlier. On the topic of Christmas and the commercialization of the Holy Day, please use caution when hopping on various bandwagons. There was a successful petition to bring back the traditional Christmas trees in malls, which I signed, and while the idea of being vigilant and not allowing the creeping secularism to overtake us may make us want to defend against every anti-Christian movement, we run the risk of killing our own cause. I want to state for the record that I do not buy Starbucks coffee, not because of any agenda, but because I do not drink coffee and they do not carry Barry’s or Lyon’s tea. Even if I was a coffee drinker I would find it difficult to justify spending that much on coffee. There are other things I would probably be against Starbucks for, but the red cup protest does not concern me, because they never had true Christmas themes on their cups before. Another part of this is that this protest was begun by someone who makes his living out of stirring, you know what, on the internet. We have enough anti-Christmas, anti-Catholic and anti-Irish things to really be concerned about, do not get distracted from them by minutia, do not allow the important things to get lost in the midst of the unimportant things.

One of the things we really need to do is focus on the Incarnation. In times past, Advent was known as “Little Lent” and was considered a time of fasting and prayer, to prepare ourselves for the Mystery of God taking on our flesh. Before December 25th , take some time and reflect on the Christmas Event, when God, who brought everything into being, and keeps it in existence, by His will, truly became part of His Creation in the person of Jesus Christ.

And remember, Christmas does not end December 26th. The Season lasts until the 10th of January with the Baptism of the Lord. After that everyone can relax for a month before we come to Ash Wednesday (February 10 ) and the beginning of Lent.

Several brothers, and some of the ladies, have asked me about my mission trip to the Philippines, and the Aquaponics programs I am working on there. The Filipinos are the Irish of the Pacific. Throughout trials and occupations, colonization and removal from their lands, they have remained steadfast in the Catholic Faith, the majority of them anyway, committed to family and with a desire to work to improve their way of life. The Aquaponics system that I put in place, which was only a small demonstration system, was received well and two of the communities are hopeful that we will be able to construct larger systems next July. Because of the cheaper rates, I already bought my tickets, and will be flying out the day after the National Convention in Atlantic City. If anyone wants to make a donation, there is a “GoFundMe” page at: or you can send it to my attention at: Holy Name of Mary Parish, 55 East Jamaica Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580.

Chaplain’s Report – September 2015

I am attempting to keep this short, as I was in the Philippines when I received word that this column would be due before I got back; with that in mind I apologize to Brother McKenna for making him wait.

Since seeing many of you in July, at the State Convention not much has happened on my end, other than the trip to the Philippines I already mentioned. This was a mission trip, to introduce Aquaponics to small communities in a couple of locations, and to lay the groundwork for my return next year, when I hope to finish two large systems for some isolated communities. While I was traveling around Aklan province, I kept noticing cement markers on the roadsides, just prior to bridges or villages, adorned with various fraternal symbols: the Knights of Columbus, Rotary, even a Masonic one. These were placed there because these organizations had assisted the community in the past, with some project, unfortunately I did not see any from the AOH. I am not writing this to embarrass anyone or to solicit donations (although if you want to send money to help the projects I am working on I won’t say no), but to remind us of how we are part of the Universal, that is the Catholic, Church. As followers of Jesus Christ we are all called to think outside of ourselves towards an other, and the Other.

While many brothers and divisions have been generous, we need to continue to be generous and increase our generosity. Hope House Ministries in Port Jefferson, which has enjoyed the support of the AOH and LAOH in the past, and which has assisted youth, families and individuals throughout the State (and Nation), depends completely upon donations and grants for its operations. Now the demand is even greater since many of those agencies that depended upon government subsidies and contracts have closed due to cut backs, resulting in more people seeking help from Hope House and similar groups.

As I have mentioned over the past year, Fr. Fred Close, the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Washington D.C. is still collecting money to build affordable housing for students of the John Paul II Institute. The students attending this Pontifical Institute return to their parishes and dioceses, working to better form individuals and families as to our Catholic Faith; trust me they do not get paid much, so anything that can help prevent unnecessary debt is appreciated. The information on where to send donations is: St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017; write “AOH JPII” in the memo line.

Finally, our own charities: Project St. Patrick, FFAI and Hibernian charities need our support, as do those charities that our divisions and counties have supported. Of course I have been thinking about Brother Arnie Nagelhout as I have been writing this column, especially how happy he was at the convention to give out such a large amount of certificates, which testify to the generosity of Hibernians. Remember brothers, “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7-8).

Fr. Henry W. Reid
State Chaplain

NYS Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid’s Pilgrimage to Ireland

Join New York State AOH Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid as he leads a pilgrimage to Ireland!  The trip will be from October 5-14 2014 and will travel to cities such as Dublin, Down, Belfast, Derry, Galway and Wicklow!


† Round trip airfare to Dublin from New York
† Accommodations for 8 nights in Ireland (or similar):
~ Oct 6 – 8 / 2 nights: The Gresham Hotel, Dublin
~ Oct 8 – 10 / 2 nights: Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast
~ Oct 10 – 11 / 1 night: White Horse Hotel, Derry
~ Oct 11 – 12 / 1 night: Connacht Hotel, Galway
~ Oct 12 – 14 / 2 nights: The Gresham Hotel, Dublin
† Irish Breakfast each morning (Lunch at Carberry;s Pub on Day 4 only)
† Dinner each evening
† Touring by private coach throughout and as per itinerary
† Services of your driver as guide throughout your stay
† Dublin City guide for half day Tour on Day 2
† Entrance fees
† Mass daily
† Porterage of one suitcase at hotels only      

Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents


For more information, you can contact 206 TOURS at (800) 206-TOUR (8687) or visit the pilgrimage web site at