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!”

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View JOHN DELANEY's Obituary and express your condolences

It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of Brother John DeLaney on May 16th. John joined the Cunningham Division in January of 2017.

Eternal rest grant unto him On Lord and may Your perpetual light be made to shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother John, wife Mary and the DeLaney family.

Viewing and funeral arrangements for thi9s Thursday, 24 May are found on this link. JOHN DELANEY passed away in Herndon, Virginia. Funeral Home Services for JOHN are being provided by Adams-Green Funeral Home. The obituary was featured in The Washington Post on May 19, 2018.

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[04/29/18]   Please keep David Bobzien in your prayers who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is starting chemotherapy!

Omnipotent and eternal God, the everlasting Salvation of those who believe, hear us on behalf of Thy sick servant, David Bobzien, for whom we beg the aid of Thy pitying mercy, that, with his bodily health restored, he may give thanks to Thee in Thy church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The latest edition of the Cunningham Chronicles is available on our website! Upcoming Events The latest edition of the Cunningham Chronicles! The Cunningham Chronicles-V18-1 11 April 2018: Monthly Meeting at 7:30 PM Tickets are on sale for the annual TRIP to IRELAND – Raffle for Charity! Contact us via the comment section below or through our page for ticket.....

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Happy Easter!!

It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of Brother Pat Korten on Thursday night.

Pat was a true and faithful Knight and Hibernian in every way. Pat’s life’s work was communication. He accomplished his craft with tremendous enthusiasm, character wit and wisdom. He will be truly missed.
Pat was ethically grounded, caring, compassionate and always extended a great sense of charity in the services he rendered. For instance, Pat turned 70 on St. Patrick’s Day, and chose to spend hours of his special day with us selling raffle tickets at O’Faolain’s to advance our ability to provide charitable outreach to our Church and community. Pat was a true and faithful servant of God.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Pat Korten rest in peace. Amen.

We pray for Pat Korten and also for his whole family, that God's healing grace will bring them comfort.

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