Ancient Order of Hibernians
Our Lady of Knock Division
Hamilton Co, Cincinnati, OH
Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity
What is the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America?

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.

Why was the Order founded?

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.

What does the Order do?

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

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!

Interested in Joining?

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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