The Background of our Order
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May,1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. Today the AOH exists in America, Canada, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. However, while these organizations share a common thread, the American AOH is a separate and much larger organization.
Early Irish Societies in Ireland
Early Irish societies in the mid-1500s and1600s were established to protect Irish Catholics and the clergy, who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive. These secret societies were formed across Ireland to aid and comfort their people by whatever means was available. Similarly, the AOH in America was founded at New York’s St. James Church on May 4,1836 by men emulating these Irish societies, to protect Irish Catholics, the clergy and church properties from violent anti-Catholic attacks.
The AOH in America
Active across America, our Order seeks to welcome and aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially and economically. Here, the Irish culture — art, dance, music, and sports — are fostered and preserved. 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 forefront in supporting Immigration Reform, economic Incentives here and in Ireland; Human Rrights issues; Right-To-Life; and a United Ireland.
The Fulton J. Sheen Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Brevard Co., FL
Our Hibernian Division is located in the Melbourne area of Brevard County. We meet at 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of every month at the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #37 (1049 Julia Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935-4210)
We are indeed honored that our Division Bears the name of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, a leader who was so […]
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