AOH New York State Board Re-affirms its Position on Abortion

Ancient Order of Hibernians New York State Board Position on Abortion

“All life is precious from Conception to Natural Death.”


This has always been our stance on all Life issues. We Respect Life and know that Life is a gift from God.

We pray, civilly protest and express this stance in our actions month after month, year after year and in support of Church teachings. We have never wavered or succumbed to political or socially accepted attitudes of the times.

Even when a culture of death seems to be accepted by many, we show love, and support Life in all stages.

Let it be known that, our position on Abortion (and all respect life issues) does not change or evolve.

We have consistently been steadfast.

The latest bill signed in New York does not change the stance we take on the subject. It never will.


Ancient Order of Hibernians – New York State Board



Annual Right To Life Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Annual Right To Life Mass celebrated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM. As in previous years, the Hibernians will assemble at the North side of the Cathedral, process in together and be seated in reserved seats up front with The Sisters of Life.  An informal breakfast will be held following the Mass.  See the flyer for more information or contact Tom Beirne.

Tom Beirne
Chairman of Catholic Action,  NY State Board
National Chairman, Hibernian Hunger
Ancient Order of Hibernians

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.


Syracuse Right to Life March

On Saturday, January 21, the Syracuse N.Y. Ancient Order of Hibernians: Commodore John Barry Division #2, and the Syracuse Ladies AOH participated in the Annual Right to Life March in downtown Syracuse N.Y.  Over 300 people took part in a 30 minute procession which began at 12 noon and ended in Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse.  A short ceremony was then held that included speakers from several Pro-Life organizations.   Also in attendance at the march were the following New York State Hibernian officers: President Tim McSweeney, Secretary Tom Lambert and District 3 Director Tim Kirwan. The National AOH was represented by Director Liam McNabb.   The Syracuse AOH expresses our thanks to our National and State officers for their support.

Photos provided by Dick Lowery, Pro-Life Chairman of the Syracuse, N.Y., AOH Commodore John Barry Division #2

2017 National March for Life


— Protect and Celebrate Life —

The National March for Life will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s march is “The Power of One”  — One person can make a difference in the world, whether in the life of one person or many. Sadly, in the U.S. alone, 1 million babies are not even given the opportunity to live and change the world each year. Building a culture of life and ending abortion takes each and every person. Starting with your family or neighborhood, our collective efforts will change hearts and minds, save lives, and build a culture of life. 

The March for Life continues to be a leader in the pro-life community and it is our goal to continue fight and inform the public on how we can overturn Roe v. Wade. Our job is not done until the voiceless have a voice that is heard. Realizing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, in 1974 the March for Life formulated and included in its charter of incorporation. Purposefully, the Life Principles are not framed in the negative tone of “thou shalt not,” and are framed in the positive tone of duty and responsibility of each human being and of society (source: March for Life).

Syracuse Pro-Life March

Pro LifeThis year marks the 44th  anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The ruling struck down the laws of 50 states and legalized abortion throughout the United States. On January 21, 2017 the Syracuse Right to Life Association will be sponsoring the annual Pro-Life March in downtown Syracuse as a silent protest against the devaluing of innocent human life. 

The Syracuse Ancient Order of Hibernians has participated in this event in past years. We would like to invite all AOH brothers, friends and family to take part in the 2017 march. We would be honored if you joined us. The march begins at 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 21. We will meet at the Museum of Science & Technology (former Jefferson St. Armory) located in the Armory section of downtown Syracuse, 500 South Franklin St., Syracuse, NY. Typically our members gather at the site around 11:45 am. Marchers will walk to nearby Columbus Circle near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  The actual march takes about 15 minutes with a brief ceremony to follow. Feel free to bring your division’s banner to the march.

For more information feel free to contact Dick Lowery at

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

Richard J. Lowery Jr.
Pro-Life Chairman
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Commodore John Barry Division #2
Syracuse, New York

The Annual National March for Life 2016


Schedule of Events

Right To Life Breakfast at The Irish Channel Pub & Restaurant

500 H Street NW in Washington D.C.

AOH Respect Life Mass at St. Mary’s Church located across the street from breakfast

March For Life Formation Point

G.A.R. Memorial at corner 7th Avenue & Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Please remember to wear your AOH Sashes and bring your parade banners and flags!!!


The Annual National March for Life

March for LifeThe Annual National March for Life will take place on Friday, January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC.  Members are urged to march and to show their and the Order’s support for the Unborn.

The day will begin with the Right To Life Breakfast at The Irish Channel Pub & Restaurant located at 500 H Street NW in Washington D.C.  Following the breakfast, their will be an AOH Respect Life Mass at St. Mary’s Church located across the street from breakfast venue. The March For Life formation point will be at the G.A.R. Memorial at the corner of 7th Avenue & Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Members are asked to coordinate their travels with thier local divisions and counties. Also be advised that many area churches run trips to this important event.  Please remember to wear your AOH Sashes and bring your parade banners and flags.  Help the AOH make a statement about the sanctity of life!!


Pray for the Unborn

NYS Catholic: Right to Life Poll

As pro-abortion advocates continue to push for the so-called “Reproductive Health Act,” a new statewide poll reveals that voters overwhelmingly oppose expanding the state’s abortion laws and, indeed, favor greater restrictions on abortion than what is already in law.

While a majority of respondents (55 percent) described themselves as “pro-choice,” two out of three (66 percent) said there is sufficient access to abortion in the state. When informed of the actual number of recorded abortions each year (111,000), the number of people who agreed there is sufficient access to abortion rose to 79 percent, with only 7 percent of respondents disagreeing that there is sufficient access to abortion in the state.

The survey, conducted January 27 through January 31, 2013, by McLaughlin and Associates, found that only 17 percent of likely voters approve of unlimited abortion on demand through the ninth month of pregnancy, which would be permissible under the “Reproductive Health Act.” Conversely 80 percent of voters disapprove of such a policy, 61percent of them strongly.

Read More at NYS Catholic.