How do I join?
Just fill out the contact page and someone will call you as soon as possible. An application will be delivered to you for submission to the AOH board. To qualify you need only to be part Irish by decent or by birth. And be a practicing Catholic male 16 years of age or older. That is it!
If you have any interest in the Irish Sports, Culture, Dance, Art, History etcetera you will really enjoy our community. We gladly accept all new members and transfers from other divisions.
What are the annual dues?
Dues can differ for each division but are maintained as low as possible. The Commodore John Barry AOH Division 11 in Hicksville dues are currently $30.00 per year.
What is expected of me as a Member of the A.O.H.?
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a charitable organization. We actively collect and raise funds to perform the duties as described by our charter. It is expected that all Brothers help with this goal and attain full membership by receiving the degrees of the order.
How do I become an officer of the A.O.H.?
There are Board positions in each Division. The first two are President and Vice President. For these offices you need to have received the Degrees of our order. These positions are followed by several others; Recording Secretary, Standing Committee, Marshall, Sentinel etc… There are appointed chairs as well like Charity and Missions and Historian. There are a number of other positions that include Treasurer and Financial Secretary as well as appointed positions. All board positions are obtained through a nomination and then a vote. As a member you will be encouraged to seek office and serve to the best of your ability.
Will I be asked to participate in committees?
You not only will be asked to participate, you may be picked to help the committee chairman. You will be also encouraged to propose and Chair a fund raising committee of your own. There is no time limit or requirement for charity work. This is what enables us to live our motto Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.
If you have any other questions feel free to E-mail us at AOH11@LIVE.COM.
Read below for more history of our organization.
About the AOH
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 AOH 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 AOH 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”.
Dia ’s Muire dhuit!
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- The AOH is the oldest ethnic organization still operating in the United States.
- The Hibernians represent the most broadly based Irish-American organization with over 80,000 members in 46 States, Canada and Ireland.
- The twin constitutional goals of the Irish and Catholic membership is to assist in the re-unification of Ireland and to support the church and it mission.
- Hibernian monuments to famed Irish or Irish-Americans (Commodore Barry, Robert Emmett) and memorials to events like the Great hunger or the slaughter of abortion are in every major American city and in Mobile, AL (Fr Abram Ryan), Washington, D. C. (Nuns of the Battlefield), Valley Forge, PA (Medal of Honor grove), and Chicago, ILL (.Mt Olivet Cemetery).
- The history of the AOH lies not just in big cities but tracks America’s expansion West along the Lewis and Clark Trail (St Anne’s, Great Falls, MT), along the Cherokee trail (Sacred Heart, Pueblo, CO) and along side the Central Pacific Railroad from Ogden, UT (St. Joseph’s) to Sacramento, CA (Old Cathedral).
- The march of the AOH across the continent stretches from first stop on the National Road (St Patrick’s, Cumberland, MD) to Seattle, WA (St James Cathedral) with lesser known stops along the way that have all but vanished…Hinckletown IA, Snoddy’s Mill, IN, Kalo, IA . Forty Fort, PA, Irwin, GA and Iron Mountain, MO.
- Early history and growth of Hibernians is linked to mining for gold (Yreka, CA), copper and silver (Butte & Anaconda, MT), iron ore in Escanaba, MI (St Patrick’s) and Mt Pleasant, PA (St Joseph’s), hard rock mining (St Peter’s, Rutland, VT) and coal in Schuylkill CO, PA. where the infamous Molly Maguire trials were held
- Hibernians shared meeting halls with other fraternal societies like the Foresters, Odd Fellows, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Pythias, and the GAR but were bitter opponents of the anti-Catholic and anti-Irish Know-Nothing ‘s who burned and attacked Catholic churches throughout the country.
- Members of the AOH have included labor leaders Terrence Powderly and John Sweeney, Bishops John Lennon and Fulton Sheen, and John Cardinal O’Connor, astronaut James McDevitt, President John F. Kennedy, insurance industry leader Bill Flynn, actor Pat O’Brien, Civil War General Francis Meagher, and two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor