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The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America's oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization.
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 members. Our focus is charity. We provide scholarships for elementary and high school students. Students participate in Scholarship events that are charitable activities that earn service hours, aid for children with terminal diseases, and victims of disaster. Members give their time to such causes as Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, and helping to feed the homeless at Our Lady Lourdes and Catholic Charities. A sample of the charities we supported last year.

Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchens (4 Kitchens and 1200 servings in 2013), Saint Jude Hospital , Catholic Charity Supper, Misericordia Heart of Mercy , Irish Immigrant Support, Friends of John Craddick, St. Joseph Services a Ministry of Daughters of Charity, Curing Claire, Care for Real (Edgewater Food Pantry) and many more Charities.

We also awarded six $500 Scholarships to elementary and High School students attending Catholic schools who participated in our service projects. Winners attended St. Thecla, Our Lady Of Victory, St. Hilary, Loyola Academy(2), St. Juliana.

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.

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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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(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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