Jensen Beach High School ROTC
Receives Check From Ancient Order Of Hibernians
In photos: ROTC students from Jensen Beach High School, Dennis McKenna, members from local Ancient Order Of Hibernians along with Monsignor Blase Gintoli
Martin County AOH Division 1 Donates
Jensen Beach — The Martin County Division of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2013, donated $1743.00 to the Jensen Beach High School Junior ROTC Zachary Finestone Relay For Life. In addition to the donation, they won first place , $100 and a trophy in the downtown Stuart Flagler Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade for best participating organization.
The Ancient Order Of Hibernians of Martin County presented a check in the total amount of $1,843.00 for the organization’s dedication to a fallen member of the ROTC.
AOH Division President, Dennis McKenna, stated that it is important to support our youth and important causes, especially when one of our children looses their life to a disease that is in need of a cure.
The event took place at Jensen Beach High School where both classes of the ROTC were in full uniform as the Ancient Order Of Hibernians presented the check to the students.
On behalf of the local Order, Division Dennis McKenna expressed his desire to thank Monsignor Blase Gintoli for his attendance at this event and his leadership as our Division Chaplin.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of societies that existed in Ireland for more than 400 years. However, while the organizations in Ireland and North America share a common thread, the AOH in America is a separate and much larger organization.
The early Irish societies were born of a need in the mid-fifteen hundreds to protect the welfare of fellow Irish Catholics, and especially the clergy who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland following the Penal Laws of 1691. These various secret societies were formed across the country to aid and comfort their people by whatever means available. Similarly, the AOH in America was founded at New York’s St. James Church on May 4, 1836 by men emulating these Irish societies, to protect the clergy and churches from the violent American Nativists who attacked Irish Catholic immigrants and Church property. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing Ireland’s Great Hunger in the late 1840′s, prompted a growth in many Irish societies in the USA – the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
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