Hibernians Assist with Distribution of Communion for 20,000 Worshipers
Over 50 members of The New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians were honored to serve as volunteers at The Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden on September 25th (view photos). The Mass was the culminating event involving the first ever visit to New York City by Pope Francis. The Pope’s dizzying schedule that day included an address to The United Nations General Assembly, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and a Parade through Central Park.
The Hibernian contingent included AOH New York State President Timothy McSweeney, New York Treasurer John Manning and other members from Divisions around the NYC Metropolitan area and from areas as far away as Albany. The AOH member’s responsibilities included crowd control as well as assisting clergy members with the daunting task of distributing Communion to over 20,000 worshipers. There was no lack of enthusiasm amongst the Hibernian volunteers, and all recognized that they had a very special and important part in a truly once in a lifetime event.
The volunteer effort was spearheaded by AOH New York State District #4 Director Thomas Beirne, who organized the Hibernian effort in conjunction with The Archdiocese of New York. “This is truly an extraordinary event and will ensure great memories for our members” said Beirne, “The Hibernians are always happy to help.”
The New York State Board would like to thank all of our members who took the time to assist in a very important event. The dedication and sacrifice of our membership is something that we always take pride in!