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Question: What is the Ancient Order of Hibernians ?

   

Answer: The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City 4 May, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization. 

The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry VIII. When England Implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available. Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May 4th, 1836 at New York's St. James Church, to protect the clergy, and church Property from the "Know Nothings" and their followers. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine issues in Ireland in the late 1840's, prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially, politically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the U.S. traditionally have been among the first to welcome new Irish Americans. Here, the Irish culture -- art, dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can meet some of "their own" and are introduced to the social atmosphere of the Irish-American community. the A.O.H has been at the political forefront for issues concerning the Irish, such as; Immigration Reform; economic Incentives both here and in Ireland; the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation; Right-To-Life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.

The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country. The A.O.H sponsors many of the programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage such as the IRISH WAY PROGRAM. You may further seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic Organization in the World -- all we would ask is for you to live our motto of:

   Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity"


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2017 11 November Newsletter

Ancient Order of Hibernians: John P. Holland Division Monthly Newsletter
P.O. Box 1463, New London, CT 06320
October, 2017
John P. Holland Facebook Pagewww.Facebook.com/AOHJPH
 
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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 7 PM at the New London Elks Lodge, 81 Washington St., New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to the meeting, call Rick Connell at 860-867-7866. 
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A Letter from the President
 
Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,
 
At the October meeting, we swore in a new member, Brian McCarthy.  If you have not done so already, please be sure to say hi to him and welcome him to the Division.
The 2018 Division officers were nominated at our last monthly meeting on October 17th.  The nominee names are listed above.  At the November meeting, we will make one last call for nominees, then vote on each nominee.  Please make every effort to attend this important event. 
 
Fran DePeter noted the annual golf outing on October 9th was another success. He thanks the various brothers who either participated in the event, donated to the event or helped manage the event.  Many thanks to Fran himself for making this event, our biggest annual fundraiser, a success. 
 
November is always a special month for us with three annual activities that generate a lot of member interest:
  • Jim Shake will lead the annual Gravesite Commemoration at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New London on Saturday, Nov. 18th.  Please plan to get there before 10 AM.  There is no fee and no need to register in advance.  Division Chaplain Father Mark will say a few words to commemorate the Brothers and their family who have passed.  Directions are below.
  • Sean Moore has confirmed we will meet for the 9:00 am Mass on Sunday, Nov.19th at St. Joseph’s Church in New London to honor the deceased members and friends of the AOH.  We will be wearing our sashes at this event and many of us will go from the Mass directly to the annual Communion Breakfast.
  • Lastly, the Annual Communion Breakfast will be at 10:30 AM at the Coast Guard Academy in New London on Sunday, Nov 19th (after the Mass, but folks can go directly to the brunch is they desire).  Social Committee chair Bill Lacy will organize his usual excellent brunch with an omelet station and an assortment of fares for breakfast or lunch appetites.  The cost is $15 per person, children are free and both family and friends are invited to this event.  As per our tradition, the widows of past AOH members are invited as our guests. Please remember to bring a photo ID  for all people in your party in order to get through security at the academy.  A driver’s license will do.  I’ll send a map and directions to the location as we get closer to the event.
 
Members are reminded to spread the word about the availability of discounted concert tickets for the "Cherish The Ladies" Concert at the Garde Theater on Dec. 1st.  A good showing for this concert can be seen as a boost for the Division, and particularly if discount tickets are purchased.  The Division will have a table in the foyer of the Theater that night.
 
Lastly, keep Joe Coleman and his family in your prayers and spare a thought for past President Jim Gallagher who is learning to walk again after knee surgery.  
 
Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division in New London, CT.
 
Calendar of Events:  Please make an effort to attend and support these upcoming Division events in yellow
 
Date Time Place Details or Comments
Nov. 3, 2017 5:00 PM Niantic, CT AOH ritual for Joe Coleman at the Thomas L Neilan & Sons Funeral home on 48 Grand St, Niantic, CT 06357.  Bring your sash if you have one or we can provide one for you. 
Nov. 3, 2017 6:30 PM New London, CT Members serving food at the New London Homeless Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.
Nov. 18, 2017 10:00 AM New London Visit to St. Mary's Cemetery to pay our respects to deceased members and their spouses.  Email or call Jim Shake at 860-460-5482 for more details.
Nov. 19, 2017 9:00 AM New London We will be wearing our sashes and celebrating Mass at St. Joseph's Church just ahead of our Communion Breakfast.  It would be great if we could get a good turnout for the event as our Division Chaplin, Fr. Mark, is the Pastor at St. Joseph's.
Nov. 19, 2017 10:30 AM New London Annual Communion Breakfast at the US Coast Guard Academy. 
Nov. 19, 2017 11:00 AM Boston, MA There will be a hurling tournament held at Fenway Park.   Tickets are $30.00 apiece from Mike Walsh.  His email is mwalsh65@gmail.com and you will need to make out a check to him, and mail to his address which is 97 Overhill Road, Providence, RI  02906 and his phone number is 401-374-7635.  Check out the schedule for the game go to: http://m.mlb.com/redsox/tickets/special-events/hurling
Nov. 21, 2017 7:00 PM NL Elks Club Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome
Dec. 1, 2017 8:00 PM New London Cherish the Ladies will be playing at the Garde Arts Center. Celebrate the holidays with the Grammy Award nominated Irish-American super group in a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing.
Dec. 6, 2017 6:30 PM New London, CT Members serving food at the New London Homeless Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.
Dec. 10, 2017     December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world. It is an occasion to highlight the situation in the north of Ireland)
Dec. 15, 2017 8:00 PM New York City Winter Solstice Celebration, a holiday concert of music, dance, and cultural celebrations is happening at Symphony Space in NYC. The concert features Mick Moloney & Athena Tergis and the Green Fields of America, along with a host of other special guests who are well known artists in the Irish community. A 20% group discount is available if we can get some #s.  Here’s the link with more info and the lineup of musicians:http://irishartscenter.org/event/irish-arts-center-winter-solstice-celebration
Dec. 19, 2017 7:00 PM NL Elks Club Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome
 
2017 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Paul Moriarty; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: 

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2017 10 October Newsletter

Ancient Order of Hibernians: John P. Holland Division Monthly Newsletter

P.O. Box 1463, New London, CT 06320

September, 2017

Division websitewww.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Pagewww.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

 

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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM at the New London Elks Lodge, 81 Washington St., New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to the meeting, call Rick Connell at 860-867-7866. 

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A Letter from the President

 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,

Apologies for the delay in getting the newsletter out.  Between travel and a few unexpected twists, it has been a busy few weeks. 

 

In September, we hosted a number of events:

·         Many thanks to Bill Lacy, Dave Meara and Rich Havens for doing another fine job at our annual AOH picnic.  The weather was great, and a good time was had by all.

·         The “Half Way to St. Patrick's Day Irish Music Event” was a great success.  We host two Irish Fr. Mark's " Blarney Stones" and Jim Gallagher's daughter Deirdre and her husband Sean Murtha, who later combined to lead a sing-a-long.  .  We had about 40 attendees and everyone enjoyed the music and the presentation of the St. Bridget's Cross to Darimund Hannifin for his longstanding support of our Division.  Many thanks to Jim Gallagher, Paul Moriarty, Fran DePeter, Sean Moore and many others for helping us make this event possible.

 

We have a few things in October to take care of. 

·         The nominating committee (past three Division presidents still active in our Division: Jim Gallagher, Fran DePeter, and Sean Moore) have been tasked to bring a set of nominations to the October meeting in order for us to vote on the candidate slate in November.  If you have an interest is serving as an officer in 2018, please let a member of the nominating committee know.  We will plan to install the officers during an event prior to the December monthly meeting. 

·         As we approach the end of the year, members should send recommendations for Charities and Missions contributions for this year to Sean Moore to be discussed in October. It was suggested that we add a contribution to the Fisher House for families of returning veterans.

·         Lastly, the St. Matthias KoC is hosting a comic event "Jokes my Irish Father Told Me".  The details are below:

With an eye toward December, note that the Division has arranged for the public to purchase discount tickets to "Cherish the Ladies" concert, at the Garde Theater, Dec. 1, 8:00 PM, If interested contact the Garde Theater directly and provide a code word "Celtic Friends", and you will receive a $7 discount per ticket. 

 

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division in New London, CT.

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Calendar of Events:  Please make an effort to attend and support these upcoming Division events in yellow. 

 

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

Oct. 11 & Oct. 12

7:30 PM

West Hartford, CT

Star of the SeaFreely adapted from Joseph O'Connor's international bestseller. It is the winter of 1847, and the Famine-ship Star of the Sea sets sail for the Promised Land.  Among the passengers are maidservant Mary Duane, the ruined Lord Meredith, and Pius Mulvey, a ruthless murderer.   Their lives and fates are more connected than any of them know…  Told through Moonfish’s signature style of bi-lingual theatre, six performers use projection, physical movement, and live sound-effects to conjure up the worlds of the characters on a bare stage.  At once simple and wildly inventive, this powerful production moves beyond the confines of period drama to trace the echoes of the Irish Famine through to the present day. Location: Hoffman Auditorium concert hall in West Hartford, CT.  Reserved Seating: Premium: $35, General: $30, Seniors, USJ Alumni, and Let's Go Arts , members: $25, Autorino Members and Students (Non-USJ): $15.  Must show ID at will call.Discounts available for Veterans-- please call the Frances Driscoll Box Office at 860.231.5555

Oct. 17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

Oct. 28

7:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

St. Matthias KoC are presenting Dave Kane's "Jokes my Irish Father Told Me" at the St. Matthias Parish Center.  There are 220 tickets available for $20 each and we expect to sell out.  Doors open 6 PM and show starts at 7 PM.  Light snacks and wine samples will be available with a purchased ticket. There will be a huge basket raffle. Each raffle prize will have a minimum value of $100.  Contact Pat Anhalt (860) 867-7155 or John Rogers (860) 235-8655 to order tickets.

Nov. 3

6:30 PM

New London, CT

Members serving food at the New London Homeless Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.

Nov.18

10:00 AM

New London

Visit to St. Mary's Cemetery to pay our respects to deceased members and their spouses.  Email or call Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 for more details.

Nov.19

9:00 AM

New London

We will be wearing our sashes and celebrating Mass at St. Joseph's Church just ahead of our Communion Breakfast.  It would be great if we could get a good turnout for the event as our Division Chaplin, Fr. Mark, is the Pastor at St. Joseph's.

Nov. 19

10:30 AM

New London

Annual Communion Breakfast at the US Coast Guard Academy. 

Nov.21

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

Dec. 1

8:00 PM

New London

Cherish the Ladies will be playing at the Garde Arts Center. Celebrate the holidays with the Grammy Award nominated Irish-American super group in a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. The Division has arranged for the public to purchase discount tickets. If interested contact the Garde Theater directly and provide a code word "Celtic Friends", and you will receive a $7 discount per ticket.

Dec.  6

6:30 PM

New London, CT

Members serving food at the New London Homeless Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.

Dec. 10

 

 

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world. It is an occasion to highlight the situation in the north of Ireland)

Dec. 15

8:00 PM

New York City

Winter Solstice Celebration, a holiday concert of music, dance, and cultural celebrations is happening at Symphony Space in NYC. The concert features Mick Moloney & Athena Tergis and the Green Fields of America, along with a host of other special guests who are well known artists in the Irish community. A 20% group discount is available if we can get some #s.  Here’s the link with more info and the lineup of musicians: http://irishartscenter.org/event/irish-arts-center-winter-solstice-celebration

Dec. 19

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

 

 

 

2017 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Paul Moriarty; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall:Brian Moore; Sentinel: Joe Kelly; Past President: Jim Gallagher.

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In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Sláinte agus beannacht    Good health and God’s blessing

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