Watertown Division Disperses Charity Funds during Summer Season

The Msgr. James Ruddy Division #1 in Watertown, New York has stepped up its Charities and Missions program over the last year, and the Summer of 2018 will be remembered for several important donations and presentations that were made. The members of Division #1 presented donations and pledges of support to Habitat for Humanity, The Jefferson County SPCA, The Watertown Backpack Program and The Immaculate Heart Central School of Watertown.  The funds totaled over $2,500 and were raised via the many events and activities that Division #1 sponsors throughout the year.


Habitat for Humanity

(Pictured L/R) Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, John DiSteffano (Habitat Director) President/District Director Sèan Hennessey, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy & Tom Shaughnessey.


Jefferson County SPCA

Pictured L/R: Richard Lawlee, Tom Shaughnessy, Team Owner Michael Schell, Team Manager Brandon Noble, SPCA Exec Director Heather Spizzano, District Director/Div President Sèan Hennessey, Father Chris Looby and Div Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy.


Watertown Backpack Program

Pictured L/R: District Director/Div Pres Sèan Hennessey, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stacey Eger, Richard Lawlee, Watertown School Superintendent Patricia LaBarr, Bill Flynn, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy, Tom Shaughnessy and Father Chris Looby.


Immaculate Heart Central School – Watertown,  New York

The Msgr James Ruddy Division of the AOH recently donated to Immaculate Heart Central School located in Watertown NY. Accepting Donation is Amanda McIlroy Class of 2009 from AOH Msgr James Ruddy Division member Bill Flynn.









Division #3 Bronx County Supports Local Parish Food Pantry

Bronx County Hibernian President Bob Nolan, (r) and Bronx Division #3 President Joseph McManus (l) present Deacon Tom Tortorella a check for $250 in support of the food pantry at St. Lucy’s Parish in The Bronx.


In the past 3 years, the Bronx County Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the largest Irish-Catholic fraternal organization in the United States, has presented the St. Lucy’s Food Pantry with $1,000 in support of the needy residents of the parish. Nolan said, “As Hibernians we have a moral responsibility to support he Roman Catholic Church and the many outreach programs in the community.” Division #3 President Joseph McManus, a member of St. Lucy’s Parish, added, “There is no higher priority than feeding the needy.” The presentation was made in front of the Grotto at St. Lucy’s Parish.




Watertown Division Donates Turkey Dinners to Local Catholic Food Pantry

Pictured L-R: David Ard, Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, Sean Hennessey/President and Kevin Shaughnessy/Treasurer)


It’s beginning to look a lot like…Thanksgiving! Tonight members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) donated Turkey Dinners, with all the fixings, to the St Mary’s food pantry located in Evans Mills NY.

Father Chris Looby (Pastor, St Mary’s Catholic Church) graciously received the donation from the AOH with great joy. Father Looby noted that many residents in the Evans Mills area have family members in the U.S. military and would welcome such a worthy gift.

Sean Hennessey (President, Watertown’s AOH Division) said: “The holiday season can be tough on those less fortunate. Hopefully this donation will bring some relief to families that are having a bit of a tough time this Thanksgiving.” Mr. Hennessey continued “The AOH was founded on the the motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Hopefully this donation, by members of the Msgr James Ruddy Division, lives up to our mission.”

Each package includes:

15+ lbs Turkey, 5 Lbs Potatoes, Gravy, stuffing, cranberries, yams,

canned corn, bottle of soda and both pumpkin and apple pie,

The AOH is the oldest and largest Irish Catholic fraternal organization in the world with our Division (Msgr James Ruddy Division) located in Watertown NY. If you’re a 16+ years of age, a practicing Catholic of Irish ancestry and would like to hear more about our Order feel free to email us at nnyirish@gmail.com. The AOH meets regularly in the Watertown area with a focus on our faith and a united Ireland.

Special thanks to the following members that made personal donated to this cause: Kevin Shaughnessy, Tim Sweeney, David Ard, Sean Hennessey, Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Jim Fitzpatrick & Tom Shaughnessy.

NY State Board Announces Creation of Nagelhout Charities & Missions Award

The Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout – Annual Charities and Missions Award

Arnold Nagelhout Embodied the True Meaning of “Christian Charity”


This year we are introducing an 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.

When applying, a Division should submit a written narrative of their activities in the past year (no more than 500 words). For the sake of this award, the year will be 1 April thru 31 March of each year. They should also submit a copy of their Division’s New York State Charities and Missions Annual Report for the same timeframe.

Judging will be accomplished by a panel of five members as follows:
NY State AOH Vice President (Chairman)
NY State Charities and Missions Director
NY State Charities and Missions Deputy Director
2 additional members appointed by the NY State AOH President.
(If any of these five are members of a division applying for this award, they must recuse themselves and their position will be filled by the NY State AOH President.)

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 recipient’s’ choice to a recognized charitable organization.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Buckley,
Ch Charities and Missions

Barry Griffith,
Deputy Charities and Missions

For more information, email Matthew Buckley at:


Sullivan Brothers Division Supports Local School Charity Fund


Mike Kelly, Brian Barlow, and Division President JP Graham with Tara Brey and Casey Ross of the Sullivan West Elementary School


The Sullivan Brothers Division #1 of Jeffersonville presented a $400 donation to the Charities Committee of Sullivan West Elementary School at their December meeting.  The funds were raised at the Division #1 Charity Golf Outing which was held earlier this year.


Sullivan West Elementary School established the fund to help local families in need.  The fund can assist in local programs which can include its Annual Local Toys for Tots Drive as well as to provide potential disaster relief to Sullivan County families.


For more information about Division #1 Sullivan County, you can visit and message them through their FaceBook Page at:




Mt. Kisko Division Presents Donation to Rosary Hill Hospice Center


Pictured L-R Elizabeth McGuiness, Anne Haug-LAOH, James McHugh-AOH, Sister Mary Thanh and Sisters of Rosary Hill, Charles McGuiness-AOH, Margaret McHugh, James Cullinane-AOH


On November 12, 2016 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. donated $5,904.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center  located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

Since 1992 the A.O.H. has donated $226,903.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam and Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairman Charles McGuinness.  The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help-  St. Mary’s-Katonah,  St. Matthias- Bedford Hills, St. Patrick’s-Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi-Mount Kisco, St. Patrick’s- Armonk,  St. Lawrence O’Toole-Brewster, St.Elizabeth Ann Seton- Shrub Oak, Holy Innocence-Pleasantville, St. Joseph’s- Somers, and St. John’s/St. Mary’s-Chappaqua.

Albany Hibernians Help in Cleanup at Double H Ranch



Members of Albany LAOH Division 1 JFK and Albany AOH Division 5 Father Henry Tansey, including Albany LAOH President Christine O’Reilly and Albany AOH President Tim Carey, participated in the annual fall clean up at the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY. The Double H Ranch provides specialized programs to support children and their families dealing with life threatening illnesses.

To learn more about the Double H Ranch, Visit their website at:


Mt. Kisco Division #16 Donates to Hospice Care Centers

Mt. Kisco Division #16 Donates to Hospice Care Centers



Members of AOH Division #16 Mt. Kisco (back row) present check to Hospice Care of Westchester.

On December 2, 2015 the AOH Division #16 and LAOH Division #16 both of Mount Kisco, donated $3438.46 to Hospice Care of Westchester/ Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life” Ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco. Hospice Care, (Visiting Nurse Association) is a non-profit home health care agency that provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.
On December 5, 2015 the A.O.H. donated $3,318.46 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.
Since 1992 the A.O.H. has donated $215,385.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester/Putnam and Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne. The fund raising drive was administered by Chairman James McHugh and assisted by Grace Murphy, LAOH. Members visited several local parishes and set up collection stations outside the church to help raise funds. The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help- St. Mary’s in Katonah, St. Patrick’s in Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi in Mount Kisco, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Brewster, St. Patrick’s in Armonk, Holy Innocence in Pleasantville, and St. John’s/St. Mary’s in Chappaqua.

Father John Murphy of Boolavogue Division 9 Runs Successful Food Drive

Division 9 Donation to Food Kitchen

Father John Murphy of Boolavogue, Division 9 of Suffolk County completed a very successful food drive, collecting 3 truckloads of all types of food such as rice, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, apple juice, boxed milk, pasta, sauce and sundries including shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes and baby shampoo which they donated to the Open Cupboard Food Pantry at Infant Jesus Church in Port Jefferson, NY.

President Walter Butler reports that his division was the 2015 recipient of the NYS AOH Membership Award which recognizes the NYS division with the greatest increase in membership.  Division 9 has won the award four times.

Division Officers and Trophy