Fr. Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4                                                         Newsletter Fall 2018 

National, State and County News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is First Friday, December 7th, 7:30pm at the Dikeman Engine & Hose Company in Goshen. 

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan 2018 AOH Division 4 officers:

President - Kevin Dooner, Vice-President - Ronald Heppes, Financial Secretary - Edmund Burke, Recording Secretary - Thomas B. Quinn,      Treasurer - James O'Malley, Standing Committee Chairman - Patrick McKernan, Marshal - Robert Heppes, Sentinel - John Blaine 

New York State AOH News

The Semi-Annual State New York State Board Meeting will take place at 10 AM on Saturday, November 3rd at the Melville Marriott Hotel at 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY. A Testimonial Dinner will be held that evening at 7 pm honoring Vic Vogel President of the New York State AOH. In conjunction with this will be the presentation of the 2018 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award to William "Bill" Powers of the AOH Thomas Carroll Division Buffalo, NY. The winner of the NYS Arnie Nagelhout Charities and Missions award will be announced at the dinner. Tickets are $125. Dinner registration forms can be found at For reservations contact 1-631-423-1600. For more complete information contact William Butler, Event Chair, at or at 1-631-384-3961.

Orange County LIFE CHAIN

Thanks to all who participted in the Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday, October7th on Rte 211 East in Middletown. Hibernians are a Pro Life organization, and we demonstrate this by our participation in events such as the Life Chain. Thanks also goes out to members who helped out and supported Irish Day on Sunday, October 21 at the Our Lady of Lourdes # 5890 Knights of Columbus Hall in Washingtonville. This event is sponsored by the Mid Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. The music, dancing, food and camaraderie was great. Hope to see you back next year.

The Orange County AOH Communion Breakfast was held at the National Shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown on Sunday, October 28. Thanks again to the Brothers and their guests as well to the LAOH who joined AOH Divisions in the celebration of the Mass celebrated by 90 years of age Carmelite Fr. Paul Feely. Special thanks to AOH Orange County President Edmond Burke and past president Ronald Joseph Heppes for their efforts towards making this happen. AOH Division 2 President Bill Kirnan and AOH Division 1 Brother George Anderson read the Mass readings. Maureen Morse read the Responsorial Prayer. Those in attendance - aided by Maureen - responded in the language of the Irish. Prior ro the Mass AOH Division 4 held a Commorative Prayer Ceremony outside St. Brendan's Chapel to honor its deceased Carmelite chaplains. Honored were Fr. Matthias DeLauriers, Fr. Alfred Isaacson, Fr. Jack Logan, and Fr. Bob Greco. Divisions 1 and 2 joined us in the prayer service. Bagpiper Terence Mullen of Division 4 played the pipes as he led The Brothers from the three county Divisions into the chapel. Division 4 Brothers Raymond Patterson and Gene Burns carried the American and Irish flags as we processed into the Chapel.

Dan Dennehy AOH National Director was the featured guest speaker.  Dan spoke to a number of topics among them Immigration and the undocumented Irish, the McBride Principles, the retirement possibilities of Irish Americans to Ireland, current events in Ireland as well as an overview of Irish History since the 1970s. He stated tha only 30 of our 50 states have adopted the McBride Principles, and that it is a good idea to contact our legislative representatives especially right after the election in order to get them to address matters that effect the Irish. In regard to recruitment of new members, he suggested that we contact the deans of students at area colleges to let them know about speakers and events that the students may be interested in learning about. Dan has been very active at the local, state and national levels in immigration matters. His wife is also active through the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in New York City. Dan is a member of AOH 18 in Peekskill, NY. If you have questions you would like to ask him, he has graciously givien his phone number and email address which are 914-588-2710 and

Welcome to AOH Division 4 to our newest  member Brian Newberry who was installed as a Hibernian Brother at the October meeting. He is a Scotchtown resident and a New York City Police Officer.

In all liklihood we will be installing a new member at the November 2nd meeting. Hopefully you can make it and help us welcome a new Brother. A slate of officer candidates has been presented and will be voted on for 2019. Installation of the newly elected officers will take place at the December 7th meeting.

The Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan O.Carm.AOH Division 4 is an Irish Catholic men's organization. In order to be considered for membership you must be a practicing Catholic and be able to claim a bit of Irish ancestry through either parent. Our members belong to several parishes throughout Orange county. During the month of September we recruited  for new members via parish bulletins. We will renew efforts to do so in the upcoming year especially during the months preceding St. Patrick's Day. The motto of our fraternal organization is Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Recruiting new members via family , friends  coworkers and fellow parishoners are the ways we have recruited in the past. Recently though some of our newest members have come to us from the National and New York State AOH organizer Kevin Cummings of AOH Division 2. Any ideas Brothers have on how to attract new members are most appreciated. The upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are good times to reach out to a prospective member since there are more activities and conversations going on in our lives both at home, in the community and at work.teptember. I plan on doing so again during the 2019.

AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division1 Monroe is in the process of recruiting Catholic young men ages 8-15 to form an AOH Junior Boy's Division. This Division is called the Louis Allen Division. AOH Division 1 President Thomas Flynn and Orange County Board President Thomas McDonald have contacted John S. Burke CHS to attract young men attending there to consider joining an AOH Junior Boy's Division. If you have family members or know someone who would be likely and deserving candidates, please have them contact me and I will obtain the pertinent information and put them in contact with Brother Tom Flynn and /or Brother Tom McDonald.

1st Lieutenant Louis Allen of the 42nd Infantry Division of NY Army National Guard was mortally wounded by a claymore mine in Iraq and died on June 8, 2005. He was a Physics and Earth Science teacher at George S. Baker High School in Tuxedo. He lived with his wife Barbara and their 4 boys in Milford, Pennsylvania. His Gold Star parents are Bob and Vivian Allen of Chester. Bob is an AOH Division 1 member. Lieutenant Louis Allen's death and the death of a fellow officer are tragic in that they were caused by the cowardly actions of a soldier in his command. That soldier who was accused and essentially admitted to his cowardly act, recently died in the state of Florida.

Remember to keep in your prayers our deceased Chaplains, Fr. Robert Greco, Fr. Jack Logan and Fr. James Matthias DesLauriers and AOH Division Brothers who have passed away especially Brothers Michael Garay and Dennis Simmons. Keep Michaela Cummings (Mike's wife), Brother Tom Cavanaugh, Frank McDonald and Anne Greehy wife of Brother John Greehy of AOH Division 2 in your prayers. Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.

  In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Kevin Dooner