The Ancient Order of Hibernians was organized in America on May 4, 1836, but traces its roots to 16th Century Ireland. It has been a potent factor for good to those within its ranks, and its influence has been manifest in every movement for the betterment of our people here and in the Old Land. The Order has contributed millions of dollars in sick benefits, death benefits, and emergency relief all over the world.
The late President John F. Kennedy joined in 1947 and remained active until the day of his assassination - November 22, 1963.
In 1964, a memorial committee and fund were created in his name, and since 1966 there have been many outstanding JFK Medal recipients - Gemini and Apollo astronaut James McDivitt; actor Pat O’Brien; Archbishop of New York John Cardinal O'Connor; Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn; Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume, member of the European Parliament and leader of Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party; and Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein. This year's winner is Bob Gessler, the founder of the Hibernian Hunger Project - for more on Bob and the Project click here.
The Order has continued to lend its strength and prestige to the fight against the forces which threaten our Faith, our nation, and our family structure by establishing committees in the areas of Pro-life, restoration of prayer in the classroom, retention of God's name in government, putting Christ back into Christmas, and forcing the removal of profane and demeaning St. Patrick's Day cards from the shelves.
Every promising avenue toward peace with justice in all of Ireland is being diligently explored in conjunction with dedicated members of Congress.
The Order has undertaken a funding drive to raise 1.3 million dollars for a chair of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, and has provided scholarships to insure the preservation of Irish culture.
We have affirmed our belief in the precepts set forth in the preamble to our constitution and in the timeless efficacy of our Motto - Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
This site is dedicated to all Irish people and their ancestors. Our goal with this site is to inform. We pledge to keep this site updated with events that warrant the attention of those of us with Irish roots.
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