Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH)
The Lt.Col. John Dowd Division of the AOH is a fraternal organization of Catholics of Irish birth or descent who sponsor social and cultural programs. The AOH is the largest and oldest Irish Catholic organization in the US. It was established in 1836 in New York City with the merging of the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Pennsylvania and the St. Patrick’s Fraternal Society of New York. It was founded to combat anti-Catholic sentiment and activity.
The Ladies AoH (LAoH) is the Ladies affiliate of the AoH.
The Lt. Col. John Dowd Division, AOH, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM.
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 similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. Today the AOH exists in America, Canada, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, however, while the organizations share a common thread, the American AOH is a separate and much larger organization.