American Heritage Center
The Irish American Heritage Center is one of the premiere Irish cultural organizations in the United States. It is a destination for people of Irish descent as well as those who wish to learn more about the Irish heritage
Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society's most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the familieswho want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.
Freedom for All Ireland
One Island — One Ireland We can take action today — as individuals, INA units or coalitions of groups. This site show how we can pass city, county, state and/or federal resolutions in favor of a United Ireland!
Following unanimous consent from the National Board, The AOH National Immigration Committee has a new Initiative to promote the Irish Perspective on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and will highlight March as Irish American Heritage Month.
Irish American News online, including Community, Books & Music, Advice, People, Opinion and Sports
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support serves Chicago’s Irish community with pastoral and social services for a the city’s new wave of Irish immigrants.
The Barry Monument and Plaza
Information about raising funds and awareness for the proposed Monument to Commodore John Barry at The Barry Gate of the Naval Academy. The Commodore John Barry 250 Mile Run is being organized by The Ancient Order of Hibernians at National, Multi-State, County and Division Levels..
Information on the Irish State, including geography of Ireland, Irish Genealogy, Symbols of Ireland, Governmental Departments, Public Services, Employment, Services and more!
Chicago Gaelic Park was established over 25 years ago with the purpose of promoting and fostering of Irish culture, music and sports within the Irish & Irish-American community. With tremendous grassroots support, it has exceeded all expectations and continues to grow.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America's oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization.
Established in the USA in 1836, The Ancient Order of Hibernians would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our organization. The Chicago Division #32 was organized to promote and preserve Irish values, culture, and heritage. Currently, our chapter has over 100 men as members. Our focus is friendship, unity and Christian charity. Concerning the friendship and unity aspects, we have monthly meetings as well as social events such as a St. Pat’s party and parade marching, annual golf outing, ball game outings, a family picnic, a Texas hold ’em tourney, and a holiday party. Please go the the Events tab to review the various social events.
Members give their time to such causes as Misericordia Heart of Mercy, and helping to feed people less fortunate at Our Lady Lourdes and Catholic Charities. A sample of the charities we supported last year: Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchen (4 times a year and over 1,200 servings), Saint Jude Hospital, Misericordia Heart of Mercy, Irish Immigrant Support, The Women’s Center, Chicago and individuals and families in distress.
AOH 32 Awards Scholarships for Catholic Education
We also award Scholarships to elementary and high school students attending Catholic schools who participated in our service projects.
History of AOH
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City May 4,1836. 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 in Ireland 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.
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support.
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support is a 501c3 not-for-profit immigration and social services provider, serving the Irish community of Chicago and the 19 states represented by the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago. The center was established in 1998 with an agreement between Francis Cardinal George and the Irish Bishops, who saw the need for pastoral and social services for a new wave of Irish immigrants to Chicago. Since then the organization has grown to provide a comprehensive array of services to the elderly and a full range of immigration and naturalization services.
Concerning the friendship and unity aspects, we have monthly meetings as well as social events such as a St. Pat’s party and parade marching, annual golf outing, ball game outings, a family picnic, a Texas hold ’em tourney, a holiday party and Misericordia Candy Days Collections. Pls. go to the Event tab to review the various social events.
The Way Home: The Story of the AOH
It is hereby declared and decreed that the purpose of The Ancient Order of Hibernians is to foster Cairdeas (Friend- ship), Aontacht (Unity), Criostulacht (Christian Charity). These are the opening words to an amazing video. (28:39).
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Dia’s Muire dhuit
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!
(God and Mary be with you)
Membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. is confined to men 16 years and older who are practicing Roman Catholics of Irish birth or descent and who are citizens of United States of America or who have declared their intentions to become citizens of the United States of America.
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