New Jersey AOH State Board (l-r): State Chaplain Fr. Ken Hallahan, Treasurer Leo McGuire, President Richard O'Brien, Vice President Kevin Jackson, Recording Secretary James McNaly, and AOH National Vice President Sean Pender.

NJ Hibernians Plan to Expand in '22

The New Jersey Ancient Order of Hibernians are proud of their accomplishments in the year about to conclude.

But they are not resting on either their laurels or shamrocks.

Said State President Richard O’Brien: “This past year we have been focused on digital management tools for New Jersey and the entire AOH nationwide.

"This new website and social media channel will be a top-down presentation, which will improve communications to all Hibernians and supporters regarding our charitable works, social activities and Irish history.

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"Back in November, we hosted our Major Degree ritual produced by the Tara Court Degree Team – Suffolk County, New York. This event had over 60 brothers who were either candidates or observers. Many in attendance commented on the excellent production and meaningful take away they experienced. We are pleased to report re-energized Divisions in Somerset and Morris County that has refocused membership and interest in these important Irish strongholds in New Jersey.

"In addition, we are forming a new Union County Division that will re-vitalize another Irish stronghold that once had two powerful and longstanding Divisions.

"Lastly, we held a Mass to commemorate the lives of all members of the AOH and LAOH who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. There were nine members from the New Jersey Ancient Order of Hibernians. During the Mass, a plaque that honors all who passed away that day was blessed."

President O'Brien sees 2022 as a year for expanding the membership rolls.

"For 2022, my focus and direction will be on membership growth. I directed my Board to focus on assigned Divisions to help them grow. I plan to report next year significant growth in membership," he said.