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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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2016 12 December Newsletter

December, 2016

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 20th 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,

 

As usual, we had a very active November:

 

· Jim Shake did a great job organizing the annual Gravesite Commemoration at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New London on Saturday, Nov. 19th. Father Mark O’Donnell led the celebration and closed the ceremony in song with Tom Yourell. For those of you with access to our Facebook page, you can see a clip of the video with both of them singing a few verses of O’Donnell Abu.

 

· The next morning, we processed into the 9:30am Sunday Mass at St. Mary's Church in New London to honor the deceased members and friends of the AOH. We had a good turnout for the Mass and many of us proceeded directly to the Coast Guard Academy in New London for our annual Communion Breakfast. As usual, several brothers were very involved to help make this Communion Breakfast event a success. We thank especially Brother Bill Lacy for his hosting us at the USCGA and for organizing such a wonderful buffet for the event. At this event,

 

o Paul Moriarty was honored as Hibernian of the Year for his leadership in establishing and organizing both the 1st and 2nd Green Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Norwich. The Mass and reception has preceded the Norwich Parade for the last two years.

o A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Brother Diarmuid Hanafin in recognition of his unwavering support of Irish cultural events in the greater New London Region. By dedicating his time, talent and treasure, he has enhanced the vibrancy of the local Irish community.

o Lastly, our guest speaker, Kathleen McGrory, gave a presentation entitled “Heroes and Heroines of Easter Monday 1916”. While many of us may have heard of the men involved with the uprising, Kathleen's talk shone a light on the many, lower profile women who risked their lives to support the uprising. Kathleen began her career at Western CT State University, where she founded their Irish Studies M.S. degree program. She teaches courses in Irish Studies at the University of Hartford two or three times each year and has been teaching non-credit Irish history and culture courses in their program for out-of-school adults.

Looking ahead, we have a few things we will take decisions on at the December meeting:

 

- We will vote on the 2017 Division officers. The following brothers have agreed to serve if elected. If you or any other Hibernian would like to be considered, please join us at the December meeting to nominate others. The proposed 2017 officers are:

o Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell

o President: Rick Connell

o Vice President: Paul Moriarty

o Record Sec.: Russell Carr (alternate Jim Shake)

o Treasurer: Vic Dowling

o Financial Sec.: Bob Curry

o Standing Comm.: Bill Lacy

o Sentinel: Joe Kelly

o Marshall: Brian Moore

 

- We will also approve the disbursement of charitable funds. Sean Moore has drafted a slate of organizations that several brothers recommended we consider. As we agreed at the November meeting, only organizations with a confirmed mailing address at the time of the December meeting will be considered for a donation.

 

Lastly, we have confirmed that we will be hosting a bus trip to New Haven to visit the Knights of Columbus Museum on Sunday, January 15th. The cost per seat is $25 and sending your payment in early is the best way to guarantee you have a seat. The bus is tentatively scheduled to leave the area at around 9:30 AM and return around 3 PM. There are two exhibits of interest and their details are found at the bottom of this newsletter. A separate lunch will be organized at the site when we are there.

 

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the Officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division.

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

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

2-Dec

6:30 PM

New London

Several Brothers will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

10-Dec

 

 

Human Rights Day: An occasion to highlight the situation in the north of Ireland

20-Dec

7:00 PM

New London

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

15-Jan

9:30 AM

New Haven, CT

We will be hosting a bus to New Haven to visit the Knights of Columbus Museum on Sunday, January 15th to see the Christmas Exhibit and an exhibit relating to Ireland entitled “Fleeing Famine”: Irish Immigration to North America, 1845-1860. Admission to the Museum is free but the cost for a seat on the bus is $25/person. Sending your payment in early is the best way to guarantee you have a seat on the bus before it sells out. The bus is tentatively scheduled to leave the area at around 9:30 AM and return around 3 PM.

17-Jan

7:00 PM

New London

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

 

2016 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Bernie Shea; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: Brian Moore; Sentinel: Jim Shake; 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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John P. Holland Division

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  1. “Fleeing Famine”: Irish Immigration to North America, 1845-1860.

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From 1845 to 1860, more than 1.5 million Irish immigrants sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States and Canada. In the cramped quarters below the decks of the “coffin ships,” the journey was fraught with the hardship of inclement weather and the peril of disease, but in spite of their uncertain future, the travelers faced these adversities in hopes of finding a better way of life in North America.

 

Potato Famine: Ireland in the 19th century was primarily an agrarian society, governed by Great Britain. Most Irish citizens were tenants on estates of British landowners. They grew potatoes, a crop easy to maintain with a good source of nutrients. However, when the first potato blight struck in 1845, they had limited sources of food to make up for the crop loss.

As the food supply dwindled, millions faced starvation. The blight continued until 1849, but its effects extended well into the 1850s. By 1851, more than 1 million people died as a result of the Irish Potato Famine.

 

Immigration to America: Before the potato famine, from 1820 to 1840 approximately 250,000 Irish immigrated to America, mostly unskilled laborers with little education seeking new opportunities. A new wave of immigration began in 1845. Some left of their own volition, but many were enticed to leave by their landlords, who paid for their transport. Some settled in Canada, but the majority sought to settle in the United States, due to its independence from Britain and reports from those who had already settled there.

 

“Coffin Ships”: Many ships used to ferry Irish immigrants across the Atlantic were cargo vessels, which raw materials, such as timber, from Canada and the United States to Great Britain. Instead of sailing back to America with empty ships, captains offered transport to immigrants at a low rate. Passenger comfort was not a concern, however, and meager food rations were allotted. During this period, the trans-Atlantic journey took one to two months, depending on weather and quarantine circumstances.

 

Few ships had any medical personnel, yet overcrowded conditions contributed to rampant disease. These ships became known as “coffin ships” due to the loss of life that occurred aboard. In some cases, the mortality rate aboard the ships could be as high as 30 percent.

 

Continued hardships: Irish immigration continued long after the crisis subsided in Ireland. Most stayed within the large urban centers of the Northeast, finding work in factories and living in crowded neighborhoods. Many immigrants encountered more hardship in America with the emergence of the Know-Nothing Party — an anti-immigration, anti-Catholic party — in the 1850s, based on fear immigrants would influence the country’s economic and political structures adversely.

 

The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut, and the son of Irish immigrants, united Catholic men in support of one another and the families of deceased members.

 

At the center of the Fleeing Famine exhibition are six paintings by British artist Rodney Charman that depict the arduous journey of these Irish men, women, and children. All ships represented in the artwork were real, and many focus on a specific voyage. Also included in the exhibition are several bronze sculptures on loan courtesy of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

 

  1. The KOC 12th annual Christmas exhibition

The Knights of Columbus Museum’s 12th annual Christmas exhibition, Crèches of Germany: Tradition & Faith, opens November 19, 2016, and continues until January 29, 2017. As in the past, many of the objects on display hail from the internationally renowned Museo del Presepio of Rome, Italian Friends of the Crèche Association and the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

Germans have safeguarded the customs, rituals and beliefs of Christmas, handing them down from generation to generation. The country is filled with villages that seem to pop out from a greeting card, announcing Frohe Weihnachten — Merry Christmas! Quaint shops sell glittering Christmas items winter, spring, summer and fall. Nativity scenes are displayed throughout the year in churches. Here, the joy of Christmas is evident even on sunny summer days, often evoking memories of childhood.

Although its German origins are uncertain, the crèche or Nativity scene presumably was introduced by Franciscan friars. The oldest recorded German crèche was housed in the Monastery of Füssen in Bavaria and dates to 1252, shortly after the arrival of the followers of St. Francis, the “poor man of Assisi,” who developed the custom of a Nativity scene some 30 years earlier.

From the 16th century on, the Society of Jesus (or Jesuits) is credited with spreading the tradition of the Nativity scene. Records from this period reveal that German monasteries, abbeys and churches added elaborate Nativity. In response to increasing requests for crèche accessories, markets known as Christkindlesmärkte (Christ Child Markets) began to flourish in cities such as Munich and Nuremberg.

Crèches of Germany: Tradition and Faith

 

 

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2016 11 November Newsletter

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

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

November, 2016

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15th 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, please email or call Jim Gallagher at (860) 739-8216. 

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A Letter from the President

 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,

With the sale of Hanafin's Pub this November to a new owner, please note that we will move our monthly meeting back to the New London Elks Club on 81 Washington Street.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM.  We will discuss the recommendations from the Nominations Committee for 2017 officers, and the potential trip to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven to visit the exposition entitled “Fleeing Famine:  Irish Immigration to North America 1845-1860”.

We had an exceptionally active October:

·         Starting with the very successful golf outing, Fran DePeter did his usual fantastic job organizing and coordinating the various fundraising and golfing activities.  While we are still collating invoices and expenses, the initial read is that this year’s fundraising was one of the most successful yet.  Many thanks to Fran and to all the Brothers who contributed to or otherwise helped manage the day’s events including Bill Lacy, John Sullivan, Sean Moore, Tom Kenny, Tom Foley, John Melia, Stamford AOH, Jim Stephenson, Tom Dyer and Hanafin's Public House.

·         The Division hosted a special Mass and brunch at St. Edmund's Retreat on October 16th at Enders Island in Mystic in honor of Dairmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.  We had a terrific turnout of over 35 people including Division members, family and friends. Many thanks to Joe Kelly for his leadership in coordinating all the RSVPs, the kitchen support and the payments.      

·         …and last but not least, Brother Victor Dowling was invested as a Knight of Malta at St. Matthews Cathedral in DC on October 16th.  Congratulations to Victor and his family.

November is always a special month for us with three annual activities that generate a lot of member interest:

·         Jim Shake and Sean Moore will lead the annual Gravesite Commemoration at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New London on Saturday, Nov. 19th.  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. 

·         Sean Moore has confirmed we will meet for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, Nov.20th at St. Mary'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 11:30 AM at the Coast Guard Academy in New London on Sunday, Nov 20th.   In addition to the meal and regular program of AOH events, we have invited a guest speaker, Kathleen McGrory, to give a presentation entitled “Heroes and Heroines of Easter Monday 1916”.  An abstract of her talk is below.  If you plan to go, please email Mike Gallagher or email /call Sean Moore (860) 443-2058, as we need a headcount estimate.  Please remember to bring a photo ID in order to get through security at the academy.  A driver’s license will do. 

o   The Irish Proclamation of 1916, first read publicly at the start of the Easter Monday Rising, begins with the words, "Irish men and Irish women." It is unique among all declarations of independence for its inclusion of both men and women in its address to all hearers, and posterity. Because of the stories of pre-Christian, matriarchal Ireland in the ancient days of Queen Maeve, Emer and Irish goddess Macha, and the legends and histories of Christian Ireland up to the present day, we now know that Irish heroes and heroines have labored together as partners in a mutual endeavor: to maintain and preserve the best traditions of Irish freedom and Irish culture. But not until the 21st century have we been able to put names  to the faces of those mostly anonymous women--77 of them--who fought or worked behind the scenes on Easter Monday 1916 and were sentenced without trial to British prisons. Several of them were condemned to death, like the men, by court martial, without legal representation. But at the last moment, the women's sentences were commuted to imprisonment. On November 20th at the USCGA we will go behind the scenes at Dublin's GPO and other strategic outposts to meet the Irish rebels who seized those strategic posts on Monday, April 24th 1916.  In this centennial year 2016, we will hear the stories of the men and women who accomplished the small revolution that turned the certain defeat and blood sacrifices of the 1916 Easter Rising into the long-term victory of Irish independence.

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the Officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division.

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

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

4-Nov

6:30 PM

New London

Several Brothers will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

15-Nov

7:00 PM

New London

Monthly AOH Meeting at the New London Elks Club.  All members are welcome to attend.

19-Nov

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.

20-Nov

9:30 AM

New London

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

20-Nov

11:00 AM

New London

Annual Communion Breakfast at the US Coast Guard Academy. Guest Speaker is Kathleen  M. McGrory

2-Dec

6:30 PM

New London

Several Brothers will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

10-Dec

 

 

Human Rights Day: An occasion to highlight the situation in the north of Ireland

20-Dec

7:00 PM

New London

Monthly AOH Meeting at the New London Elks Club.  All members are welcome to attend.

 

2016 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Bernie Shea; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: Brian Moore; Sentinel: Jim Shake; 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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