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
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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

Thank you to our 40 guests who enjoyed some fantastic Irish Whiskey along with a terrific 4 course dinner @ O'Faolains a...
02/02/2020
Tasting 2/1/20

Thank you to our 40 guests who enjoyed some fantastic Irish Whiskey along with a terrific 4 course dinner @ O'Faolains as part of the 3rd Annual Feast of St. Brigid Exceptional Irish Whiskey Tasting/Dinner. Proceeds going to the Military Chaplains who support the spiritual needs of our military. Archbishop Broglio, Fr. Jim Hinkle, Fr. Kevin Fimian and all of the clergy - Thank you for your service!

Kudos once again to the wonderful staff at O'Faolains as week as to Kailie from Jameson....Slainte'

31 new photos added to shared album

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
02/02/2020

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the sinking of the Dorchester and the selfless acts of four Army chaplains aboard. Christ teaches us the meaning of authentic charity. The self-gift of the Four Chaplains demonstrates how to apply it to the situations of everyday living.

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
02/02/2020

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

May the blessings of Saint Brigid bless you and your family.

Arlington Catholic Herald
01/25/2020

Arlington Catholic Herald

“If we don’t defend life, no other rights matter.” An all-night prayer vigil at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC empowers young pro-lifers before the #MarchForLife. #WhyWeMarch
bit.ly/37pN6CT

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
01/25/2020

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Are you ready to march with us? #aoh #irish #catholic #american #prolifemarch

01/24/2020
Arlington Catholic Herald

Arlington Catholic Herald

“I just want to remind you that God is not a feeling, he is a person, present here, body, blood, soul and divinity.” —ALOB #livg2020

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
01/23/2020

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

President Donald Trump to attend March for Life on Friday
01/23/2020
President Donald Trump to attend March for Life on Friday

President Donald Trump to attend March for Life on Friday

U.S. President Donald Trump will address the national March for Life in person on Friday, making him the first president in the event’s 47-year history to do so, organizers announced.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
01/22/2020

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

9 Days for Life is a novena sponsored by People of Life for the protection of human life. Every day, an intention, short reflection, and suggested actions to build a culture of life. Sign up: https://pro-life-activities.lpages.co/9-days-for-life-2020/

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
01/22/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

“During this divisive time in our nation’s history, that Amazon, one of our largest retailers, should seek to profit by promoting intolerance towards any ethnic group and their celebrations is irresponsibly tone-deaf. “ ~ Anti-Defamation Chairman Neil F. Cosgrove.

We ask not to be treated better than other groups. we should not tolerate being treated worse. Amazon Customer Service is 1 (888) 280-4331

#aoh #irish #catholic #american #ireland #stpatricksday #amazon #jeffbezos

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/aoh-anti-st-patricks-day-amazon

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
01/22/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Currently, Amazon is selling an item labeled as an 'F*ck St Patrick's Day Shirt.' Amazon describes the item as an 'Anti St Patrick’s Day shirt for guys and gals,' 'F*ck St. Patrick's Day,' and a 'Perfect anti-St Patrick’s Day shirt for those sick of all the wannabe Irish making excuses for getting drunk.'"

We ask the simple question: would this item be permitted by Amazon (which has in the past removed products deemed offensive to several other ethnic groups) if Irish and St. Patricks Day was replaced by another ethnic group and their celebration.

We ask not to be treated better than other groups. we should not tolerate being treated worse. Amazon Customer Service is 1 (888) 280-4331

01/22/2020
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Brothers,

With a very sad and heavy heart, I pass along that our very Dear Friend and Brother, PA State Treasurer Glenn Cannon passed away this morning.

Glenn was a devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather.

Glenn was a true Son of Ireland and was so devoted to The AOH. Above all Glenn was a True Gentleman.
He lived our motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

He will be truly missed.

Arrangements will be forthcoming.

Patrick O'Brien
PA AOH State President

North Carolina Ancient Order of Hibernians
12/27/2019

North Carolina Ancient Order of Hibernians

Happy St Stephens Day!
“The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze,
Although he was little his honour was great,
Jump up me lads and give him a treat.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
And give us a penny to bury the wren.”

LET THE LORD ENTER; HE IS KING OF GLORY
12/23/2019

LET THE LORD ENTER; HE IS KING OF GLORY

Great time warming up after the Christmas parade at The McCarthy’s Pub!! ☘️ 🇮🇪
12/16/2019

Great time warming up after the Christmas parade at The McCarthy’s Pub!! ☘️ 🇮🇪

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
12/12/2019
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Let us remember the words of Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”

11/27/2019
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Please call the White House Switchboard (202) 456 1414 or (202) 456-1111. Call should take no more than 5 minutes including hold time. Switchboard is answered by Volunteers so please be patient and courteous yet clear.

"I am calling to urge President Trump to instruct Homeland Security to issue a Stay of Deportation for Malachy McAllister, before his scheduled date of deportation, Friday, November 29, 2019."

Thank you

Beatification for Irish priest killed in Korea conflict
10/26/2019
Beatification for Irish priest killed in Korea conflict

Beatification for Irish priest killed in Korea conflict

Irish American Catholic priest among six killed during the Korean War suspected of being US spies, now his family are seeking Father James Maginn's road to sainthood.

Catholic Family News
10/13/2019
Catholic Family News

Catholic Family News

CFN encourages everyone to spiritually unite in prayer on Sunday, October 13th with the "Rosary Coast to Coast" initiative across the U.S. and around the world!

Our Lady of #Fatima told the three shepherd children “to continue to pray the #Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world … because only she can help you.” (July 13, 1917)

10/04/2019
U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

This Catholic News Service documentary originally released by Arlington Catholic Herald in Jan 2019, is a look at the Catholic military chaplaincy, which has had a presence in the U.S. armed since the American Revolution. Take a look at the Military Ministry of Catholic Priests and see the impact and needs of priests in our formations.

For more information check out https://www.milarch.org or
to sign up https://www.goarmy.com/chaplain.html

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
09/19/2019
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

“It is a huge achievement for Ireland to have its own dedicated plaque, particularly given that it is such a rarity,” he said, noting that it illustrates the continued power of Irish-America.” #aoh #irish #catholic #american #ireland #UnitedStates

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the f...
09/11/2019

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
09/02/2019

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Amidst the BBQs today, let us not forget our Irish forebears who brought us this holiday. Happy Labor Day.

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
08/21/2019

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

As Hibernians, we can not let the Irish people become acceptable collateral damage to Brexit. Peace in Ireland is a non-partisan issue. We ask that you contact your Senator/Representative to send a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stating their opposition to any form of Brexit which would lead to a physical border in Ireland or result in a return to direct rule. Please inform us of your progress so we can rightfully recognize you and your elected representatives' contribution to this important cause.

See https://aoh.com/2019/08/20/call-to-action-have-your-elected-representatives-commit-to-preserving-the-good-friday-agreement-against-the-risks-of-brexit/

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
08/07/2019
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

“The Hibernians are concerned by the conspicuous absence in your letter of any consideration of the central Brexit issue of the Irish border or the impact of Brexit on the people of Ireland...” #aoh #irish #catholic #american #ireland #america #brexit #gfa #uk #eu

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

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