Ancient Order of Hibernians, Thomas J. Cunningham Division

Ancient Order of Hibernians, Thomas J. Cunningham Division We are a Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians in America, serving as a Catholic Irish Fraternal Organization for Loudoun County, Virginia

We are a Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians in America, serving as a Catholic Irish Fraternal Organization for the Ashburn area of Loudoun County, VA. As such, we espouse the principles of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity. Some of our events include an Annual Trip to Ireland Raffle, the proceeds of which support our charitable goals. We work with other community, fraternal, and religious organizations such as the Knights for Columbus to provide Sweats for Vets. You will see us marching in local Irish festivals and parades in Manassas, Alexandria, and Leesburg, VA. We also support Right To Life, Irish Catholic Causes, and local Irish immigration causes. We meet monthly at the Belmont Green Community Center, 43003 Chesterton St., Ashburn VA 20147. Our Division honors Col. Thomas J. Cunningham. In the words of one of our original members, the late Ned Woisard, “Thomas J. Cunningham, Jr. was a gentleman — and a gentle man. He was considerate, kind, outgoing, warm, friendly. He personified the Christian ideal — wherever he went, he sowed joy. He was a communicator! He was trained in communications; he practiced communications; toward the end, in a sense, he taught communications. Tom was born in Pittsburgh on September 19, 1918, found his way to the University of Indiana for his Bachelor’s Degree, then to American University for a Master’s Degree in Public Relations. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in 1941 and, 26 years later, retired as a colonel. While in the Army, he was a communicator. In Vietnam, he was Chief of Communications for General Westmoreland, was responsible for Radio Saigon and was a major factor in introducing military and civilian television into the Republic of Vietnam. Tom was editor of ARMOR MAGAZINE and European editor of STARS AND STRIPES, the two largest circulation publications in the Armed Services. Among other awards, he received THE LEGION OF MERIT and the BRONZE STAR. Later as a civilian, Tom directed communications and magazine programs for five national organizations, including the National Defense Transportation Association, and the Retired Officers Association. Toward the end of his life, he was a Communications and Marketing Consultant to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the American Society of Naval Engineers. Tom was a communicator to the end. Looking at the more personal side, Tom was Vice President of the Col. Fitzgerald Division, the largest AOH Division in Virginia, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was also a daily communicant, an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and an altar server (when needed). He was a true Christian, always a source of joy to those around him, always a calming influence in times of stress, always willing to pitch in and help — or take the lead if necessary. He was a most convivial spirit, good company, a friend to all. Tom was an outstanding communicator and, most of all, he communicated love! Thomas J. Cunningham entered eternal life on June 26, 1995. One of his four daughters, Barbara Lynn, predeceased him in 1953 and his wife, Marcella, died in 1997. His surviving daughters are Connie Venberg of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Sally Dina of Brentwood, Tennessee; Kathryn Starr, of Roswell, Georgia. One of his three brothers, Martin, of Annandale, Virginia, is a member of the Cardinal Cushing Division of the AOH. This description may make Tom appear to be a saint and it would not surprise me a bit if he were standing in the presence of the Lord right now! But let’s play it safe! Please keep Tom in your prayers – and also the Col. Thomas J. Cunningham, Jr. Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians!”

Mission: Promote Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity through various fraternal, social, and charitable events in the Ashburn area of Loudoun County, VA

This Day in Irish History
06/06/2020

This Day in Irish History

This day 76 years ago – 6 June 1944 - the Normandy landings, also known as D-Day, took place.

Among those who took part was Major Redmond Cunningham from Co Waterford, who led a troop of Royal Engineer tanks, and captured 200 German soldiers.

He received the Military Cross.

(image source: Wikipedia)

06/06/2020
Black Rifle Coffee Company

Black Rifle Coffee Company

The United States has overcome unimaginable adversity. We made it when we found strength and unity, when we demanded better of ourselves and the world around us, and when every person asked themselves how they could contribute to the best interest of their neighbor. #dday

Sheepdog Response
05/25/2020

Sheepdog Response

Memorial Day
By Joyce Kilmer

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmatic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.
The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.
Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.
May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strengh, who lie beneath the sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.
In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword.

Joyce Kilmer was killed-in-action in World War I and is best remembered for his poem "Trees."

West Virginia AOH Helps Wheeling Parish School Teacher
05/16/2020
West Virginia AOH Helps Wheeling Parish School Teacher

West Virginia AOH Helps Wheeling Parish School Teacher

By Tom MurphyAOH Division 1, in Wheeling, WV, recently awarded Jen Carter of St. Michael Parish School in Wheeling $500 to contribute to the continuing education of her students. Jen's goal was t

FFAI BULLETIN - May 2020
05/16/2020
FFAI BULLETIN - May 2020

FFAI BULLETIN - May 2020

A chairde:FFAI ISSUES UPDATEA -- Catholic Bishops, legal scholars and justice campaigners slam British plan on legacy killings -- Four Catholic Bishops, legal experts and justice campaigners

O'Faolain's Irish Restaurant and Pub
05/08/2020

O'Faolain's Irish Restaurant and Pub

Hay guys and dolls just want to say a huge thank you for all the love and support from all of you who donated to Derek’s go fund me page for O’ Faolains staff. Your generosity has not gone unnoticed from any of the staff members and we look forward to sharing quarantine story’s with you all when we get to the other side of all this.

A huge shout out to Derek J Clarke for organizing and doing all this. ❤️

Much love and again thank you.
Managment and Staff from Sterling’s little piece of Ireland.
☘️🇮🇪🍀

AOH Gathering in Tulsa, OK
05/06/2020
AOH Gathering in Tulsa, OK

AOH Gathering in Tulsa, OK

from Howard Coughlin, Bobby Sands Division ...Some of our members along with some non members gathered at The Church of the Madelene, to place a crown on a statue of St. Mary. The idea to do this w

Rockland AOH Supports "Virtual 5K" To Feed The Hungry
05/02/2020
Rockland AOH Supports "Virtual 5K" To Feed The Hungry

Rockland AOH Supports "Virtual 5K" To Feed The Hungry

Rockland County AOH President John McGowan presents a check from the Hibernians to Orangetown, NY Supervisor Teresa Kenny to sponsor the Orangetown "Virtual 5K", an innovative fund raiser to he

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
05/01/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

New post (Fr Judge Division Holds 2nd St. Patrick Coloring Contest) has been published on The Ancient Order of Hibernians

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
05/01/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

New post (Bucks Co. Hibernians Help Catholic School) has been published on The Ancient Order of Hibernians

04/26/2020
St. Theresa Catholic Church

St. Theresa Catholic Church

Please join us for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the Third Sunday of Easter. Livestreaming will begin at 8:45 AM ET on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

This Day in Irish History
04/24/2020

This Day in Irish History

This day 104 years ago – 24 April 1916 – Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation outside the GPO in Dublin:

“We hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State... We pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine.”

(image source: Twitter)

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
04/24/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Recently, AOH Division 3 Rockland County, NY members Dermot Moore and his sons Tommy and Conor were part of a tribute to health care professionals at Nyack Hospital organized by the Orangetown Police Department. The Moore's have been playing a nightly tribute to all those fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

Knock Shrine
04/24/2020

Knock Shrine

As we come to the end of the day, let us take some time to reflect with the prayer to Our Lady of Knock, who brought hope and comfort to the people of our parish and our country at a time of great distress in 1879.

‘Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise,
“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find”.

Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to Heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me.

Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now and at the end of my death. Amen.’

04/12/2020
St. Theresa Catholic Church

St. Theresa Catholic Church

Please join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. Livestreaming will begin at 8:45 AM EDT.

Call to Action: AOH Division Telephone Tree
04/09/2020
Call to Action: AOH Division Telephone Tree

Call to Action: AOH Division Telephone Tree

Brothers, We are calling on all divisions large and small to establish a telephone tree and utilize it immediately and throughout this Pandemic. Start at the top with your officers, divide your membe

04/05/2020
St. Theresa Catholic Church

St. Theresa Catholic Church

Please join us for Palm Sunday Mass on April 5, 2020, at 8:45 AM. Mass will streamed live from the Adoration Chapel.

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
03/30/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

As COVID-19 sweeps across our nation, and particularly New York City, we should remember that as a community we have weathered such crises before and come back strong. The example of James Duane should inspire us in these trying times. #IrishAmericanHeritageMonth #EmbraceYourIrishHeritageAOH

03/29/2020
St. Thomas Apostle Parish, Washington, DC

St. Thomas Apostle Parish, Washington, DC

Mass for Fifth Sunday of Lent. Enjoy our live-streamed Masses, every morning at 8:00 AM during the coronavirus pandemic. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, where all of our videos will be soon available at: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCcieWwQVnqV1tuamqO5Yelg

#shortmass #Sunday #lent #dailymass #pandemic #coronavirus #catholic #oratory #oratorian #mass #dcoratorian #STAY #spiritual #religious #liturgy #ADW #flattenthecurve #LiveStreamMass #LiveStreamCatholicMass #OnlineCatholicMass #CatholicMass #DCOnlineCatholicMass
#DCLiveStreamCatholicMass #DCLiveStreamCatholicDailyMass
#Passiontide

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AOH – Colonel Thomas J. Cunningham Jr. Division P.O. Box 1486
Ashburn, VA
20146-1486

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