Chaplain’s Message – Fr. Henry Reid

We have finished with another State Convention and now we settle in for the continuing work of the Order. I want to thank our past State President, Mike McNabb, for having me as State Chaplain for the last two years, and also thank our new State President, Jim Burke, for asking me to remain in this position.

While we were in Saratoga for the Convention, the By-Law committee worked on and put forth for vote a proposed change, which I had put forward, which was passed without objection. While everyone will be able to read the By-Law for themselves, hopefully in this edition of the E.S. Hibernian, I should mention one of the reasons why it was put forward. Back in February, it was brought to my attention that one of the colleges on Long Island, which had been founded by a religious order and which most people believe to be a Catholic institution, hosted Planned Parenthood on campus. This is symptomatic of the erosion of the Church’s teachings that have pervaded institutions that are supposed to be Catholic, especially colleges and universities. There is a reason why the Church established educational institutions, rather than relying solely on secular institutions. When Bishop John Hughes established Fordham University, he was clear on the reasons for doing so: “What was our object, dearly beloved brethren, in this undertaking? It was that the Catholic parents of this diocese and elsewhere, who could afford it, should have an opportunity of educating their sons with safety to their faith and morals, and yet so as to qualify them to take an honorable part in the more elevated walks of public and social life.” Universities which have their foundations in the Catholic Church are among the best in the world, but those that have sacrificed Catholic teachings, those that have separated themselves from Communion with the Church, should not benefit from our support.

The Catholic Church is under attack from many directions, from our traditional detractors who warp history and logic to suit their own agenda, bigots who unleash hatred, just as their ancestors of intolerance have done for centuries; as well as from more modern sources, who disguise their hatred of the Faith as intellectualism, satire or political correctness. Why would we support any persons or organization which seeks to undermine the principles that the AOH holds sacred?

At the Convention, the Pro-Life committee met and discussed the defeat of Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill, which would have allowed for abortions through the third trimester. Had it passed, this would have legalized the murders of babies which Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of in Philadelphia; it is necessary to be aware of, and oppose, legislation that would expand abortions in the state. After discussing what else could be done to educate our own members and the general public on Right to Life issues, it was decided to order models of 10-12 week fetuses, which have been ordered and will be made available to all State Divisions through our new Pro-Life Chair, Brian Clancy.

At this time, I would like to ask everyone to remember our brother John Hennessy in your prayers, as our former State President and Calendar Chairman had a stroke, and has passed to his eternal reward. Please remember him and his wife Margaret in your prayers.

I hope everyone enjoys the last days of summer, wrapping up feis and festivals, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Monroe on November 2nd.

In Christ and our motto,

Fr. Henry W. Reid

President’s Message – September 2013

Thank you for the confidence and trust that you have placed in me by electing me your State President. It is a great honor. I promise to fulfill the duties of the office to the very best of my ability.

We are fortunate to belong to a great organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians. New York with nearly eleven thousand members is the largest state in the Order. It is my goal to keep our great state moving forward, in membership, in charitable contributions and in leader-ship. I don’t intend to re-invent the wheel but to build on the successes of my predecessors, all great leaders. I am fortunate to have a great team on my executive board and with our Directors, all of whom I know to be tireless workers. We pledge to support your Divisions in any way possible. However, the president and executive board can’t row this ship alone. I am asking for your help. Get active. Get in-volved in your Divisions, especially in the area of re-cruitment. Make it your per-sonal goal to bring in at least one new member in the next year.

We have many talented and knowledgeable people in our state and together we can accomplish much. My door is always open to you don’t hesitate to call me if you think I can be of any help. I look forward to seeing you at our next state board meeting on November 2nd in Monroe.

God bless you all.

The Passing of Past State President John Hennessy

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of past NY State President John Hennessy (2005-07) today from the complications of the stroke he had last month.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wake:
Boyd/Caratozzolo Funeral home
1785 Deer Park Ave
Deer Park, NY 11729
631/667-8614

Sunday Aug 18 & Monday Aug 19
Hours 2-4 & 7-9

Hibernian Service Monday 8:00 PM

Burial Mass 10:45 AM Tues Aug 20
St. Matthews Church
35 North Service Road
Dix Hills, NY 11729

New Major Degree team certified in South Carolina

The newest Ancient Order of Hibernians Major Degree Team is the Carraig Phadraig Major Degree Team in South Carolina. The team has been practicing for over a year and was chaired by Past State President Neil Diamond. National Ritual Chairman Patrick Shannon certified it at the 7th bi-annual State Convention in Charleston on October 22.

The Rock of Cashel (Irish: Carraig Phadraig), also known as Cashel of Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock is a historic site in Ireland’s province of Munster, located at Cashel, South Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.

National Ritual Chairman Patrick Shannon & Past New York President John Hennessy

The Msgr. John L Manning Division in Charleston County and the Brian Boru Division in Berkeley County formed the team. It includes members from Horry and Beaufort counties. Key members are Al Stiles, Jim Kelly, Tim Keneflick, James Nettles and Martin Fosberry.

At the 7th bi-annual convention, the team performed its first Major Degree for a group of 49 new candidates. This brings the state to 170 major degree members out of a total of more than 500 members. Candidates came from all nine Divisions in South Carolina. The team held a practice for National Ritual Chairman Patrick Shannon on Friday before the convention. He made several small suggestions to help improve the team performance. National Director Len Byrne, Past New York State President John Hennessey and National President Seamus Boyle also attended the degree.

 

 

 

 

New Carriag Phadraig Degree Team

Degree team certificate. NY State past President John Hennessy, National Director Len Bryne, Past SC President and Team Organizer, SC State President James Nettles and National Ritual Chairman Patrick Shannon.

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New York News

AOH Oswego, NY, hosted international group “Enter the Haggis” at their 2nd Annual “1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party”!

 

AOH Dean Michael Barry Division 1 in Oswego celebrated their 2nd annual “1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party” on September 17. Headlining the event was the international Canadian band “Enter the Haggis” (ETH), who just released their 7th album.

Each year the Hibernians sponsor a large party at their AOH Hall with bagpipers, step dancers, Irish food and beverages, a bake sale and more. “This year we gave the party a shot of steroids,” said President Tim Kirwan, “by inviting this well known progressive rock/Celtic band. Three music acts headlined the entertainment outside, including 2 local bands and then ETH. Many volunteers came forward to make this well attended event a big success. “The weather couldn’t have been better, nor the music and the company,” Mike Callahan, an AOH member that handles public relations for and a member of the AOH declared. It looks like this annual party is here to stay and ETH showed great interest in coming back next year. This division continues to grow monthly, with approximately 250 full members and 150 social members.

 

NY Board endorses Moore, McKay, McNabb, McLean

The New York State Board held its semi-annual meeting on October 22 in Schenectady. The day began with the state board’s annual Pro Life Mass, with Deputy National Chaplin Fr. Henry Reid as the main concelebrant. Fr. Reid is also the New York State Chaplin.

State President Michael McNabb led the well-attended meeting held afterwards, at which Immediate Past State President Charles (Chip) McLean announced his candidacy for National Director. The state board endorsed his bid. Pennsylvania’s Denny Donnelly announced he’s running for National Director, and current National Director Jere Cole announced he would seek reelection.

Also at the meeting, National Vice President Brendan Moore received a standing-ovation endorsement of the state board for his candidacy for the office of National President. The state board endorsed National Secretary Tom McNabb as well, and current National Treasurer Judge Jim McKay was endorsed for the office of National Vice President.

National Director Danny O’Connell announced he will run for National Treasurer.

Later in the day, our able and generous hosts, the Schenectady Division, organized our annual bowling tournament at which many of the finest AOH and LAOH athletes competed. The laughs, the feeling of Hibernian camaraderie, and the fun of the sport made for a great afternoon. The subsequent buffet dinner and tournament awards presentations at the Schenectady Division Hibernian Hall were an informal and happy way to end the day.

— John C. O’Connell, state director, publicity chairman

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NY’s Hibernians in convention McNabb elected state presiden

Photo Credit: John O'Connell

New York’s Hibernians held their 96th biennial convention in Pearl River, Rockland County, July 13 to 17.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, second from right, was elected state president; James Burke, second from left, of Massapequa, was elected vice president; Timothy McSweeney, right, of Selkirk, was elected secretary; and Victor J. Vogel, left, was elected treasurer. Fr. Henry Reid, center, of Port Jefferson Station, was appointed state chaplain.

The convention was a wonderful experience, organized to perfection by A. Warren Scullin
2011 AOH/LAOH - NYS
Convention Chairman and his committee. And a big thanks to the Pearl River and Rockland County Hibernians for their hard work to make sure everything ran smoothly. They were great hosts.

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President’s Message

I start by thanking all of the Delegates for their support at our AOH/NYS Convention. I look forward to traveling our great state and meeting with as many of you as I can.

I would like to thank Charles “Chip” McLean for his leadership the past two years.

I congratulate the new Ladies State President, my cousin, Denise Sobus. I look forward to working with her and her Board the next two years.

I would also like to congratulate all the newly elected and appointed Officers of both the LAOH and AOH New York State Boards.

I must also thank Pearl River for hosting an outstanding Convention.

There is much work ahead for the new Board. We will have a wrap up meeting in Pearl River as soon as all the reports are completed.

We will also be going to Saratoga to go over the contract for the 2013 AOH/NYS Convention on November 5, 2011.

I am pleased to announce that Steve Curran will be the 2013 AOH/NYS Convention Chairman. The local Chairman will be Chris Burgman.

The new AOH/NYS Web Site is up and running. I thank Web Master Joe McDonald for all the time he dedicated to completing this endeavor.

Our next AOH/NYS Board Meeting will be held in Schenectady, NY on Saturday October 22, 2011. The day will start at 9:00am with a Pro-Life Mass. The Board Meeting will start at 10:30am SHARP.  At 2:00pm the AOH/NYS Mixed Doubles Bowling will be held followed by a dinner at the Schenectady Hall. I hope you are able to participate in all three events.

New York News

On Sunday, June 5, 2011 The AOH Nassau County Board held their convention. The newly elected slate of officers are pictured (L – R) Seated: Vice President Sean O’Rourke; NY State President Chip McLean; President Michael Byrne; NY State Secretary Jim Burke; Recording Secretary Tim Myles. Standing: Sentinel Ken Ferguson; Standing Committee Peter Begley; Financial Secretary Bill McGough; Treasurer Jack Ryan; Marshal Rich O’Neill.

Div 1 Yonkers held its local 175th anniversary celebrations at its recent Divisional meeting. Several local politicians stopped by with proclamations that included New York State (pictured), Westchester County Legislature, the Westchester County Executive, and the City of Yonkers.

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NHD Winners Win Awards

Pat Maguire, Clara Cullen and Sean Murphy

Clara Cullen of Ada Michigan won critical acclaim and the top award at National History Day at the University of Maryland for her website on the Gaelic Athletic Association’s impact on preserving the Irish nation.  National Historian, Mike McCormack asked past Michigan State President Pat Maguire and St Patrick’s Division President Sean Murphy to make the presentation to Ms Cullen.  The presentation was made front of the Michigan State Capital at Lansing.  Clara’s Mother, Susan Cullen, and Grandmother Clara, attended the event where Pat Maguire presented the winning check of $1500 to Clara.

At the New York State Finals for NHD held at Cooperstown, NY, four young ladies from Connetquot High School captured top honors with a presentation of how Irish step dancing led to the development of Jazz Tap dancing.  They were Nina Franza, Dara Copolone, Brittany Holloway and Jacqueline Schrage.  National Historian Mike McCormack joined with Suffolk County AOH Historian Dr. Dave Ring to make the Award presentation.

You can see the winning website by clicking here.

Dr. Dave Ring, Mike McCormack, winning students, Principal Moran and Dr. Hillary Garland

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