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

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Standing room only (ignore my empty seat) @ the AOH President's Testimonial downtown. Thank you to all Hibernians for attending.

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A great video that gives a human face to the consequences of Brexit in Ireland. Please consider sharing

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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)

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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.

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“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

1916 Rising plaque to be unveiled in Washington A plaque commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising will be officially unveiled at the Washington Monument later today.

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.

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National Political Education Chair Neil Cosgrove addresses United States Vice President Michael Pence. #aoh #irish #catholic #american #ireland #america #brexit #unitedstates #usa

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

Remembering the Great Hunger Commemoration at Grosse île In 1997, during the 150th anniversary of Black '47, the worst year of the Great Hunger, many commemorations were held all around Ireland and the Irish Diasp…

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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.


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Danny O'Connell challenges you! Project St. Patrick Century Bicycle Ride!

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AOH Update August 8, 2019

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“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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While not opposed to trade deals or Britains desire to leave the E.U., we oppose sacrificing the peace and prosperity of Ireland to Brexit. The US prior commitment to the Good Friday Agreement must be as unwavering

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Happy Independence Day from all of us at Embassy Dublin! 🎇 💥

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Some thoughts on Independence Day 2019

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Edward F. Crawford has presented his letter of credence from @POTUS to @presidentirl Michael D. Higgins, officially making him U.S. Ambassador to Ireland 🇮🇪🇺🇸

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The role of Irish Immigrants played in the American Civil War is rightly celebrated, but their contribution to the American Revolution is often overlooked. Yet the Marquis de Chastellux, a major general in the French expeditionary forces led by General Comte de Rochambeau wrote: " on more than one imminent occasion Congress itself, and the very existence of America owed its preservation to the fidelity and firmness of the Irish."

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Catholic Calendar - July 2019 To All Hibernians: The month of July is comprised of Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar, the vestments being green. MAJOR SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS OF JULY July 3 Thomas, Apostle Feast

PRO-LIFE, AOH Response to U.K. Court of Protection Ruling – Colonel Thomas J. Cunningham Jr. Division Posted in AOH National PRO-LIFE, AOH Response to U.K. Court of Protection Ruling June 25, 2019 Leave a comment It is with great sadness, but not surprise, that the Ancient Order of Hibernians read of a U.K. Court of Protection’s decision to order an abortion for a developmentally challenged ...

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The Ancient Order of Hibernians welcomed the news today that Edward Crawford has been confirmed as Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland. It has been 874 days since there has been a U.S. Ambassador to this oldest of friends to the United States.

Arlington Catholic Herald

As with the other parents of the newly ordained, Jean-Marc Guilloux was grateful to witness this moment in the life of his son, and in the life of the diocese. “When (Father Guilloux) was four, he said he wanted to be a priest, the same way that people say they want to be an astronaut. But it was significant to us that he would say that,” said Guilloux. “We’ve been in this diocese for twenty years. A big reason for moving to Stafford was the diocese. The priests (here) have been role models for him.”

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Fulfillment of the U.K.'s commitments under the Good Friday Agreement, now over two decades past due, and the avoidance of a Brexit Border in Ireland should be a precondition before launching into a new trade deal.

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Today is the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians 125th anniversary, founded in Omaha May 29, 1894

This evening, The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany NY, hosted a reception and presentation of the LAOH "Past, Present , Future...”

Congratulations Sisters!
May God and Mary be with you all!
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The Catholic high school that holds funerals for homeless veterans At the time of his death, U.S. Army Veteran Timothy Fowl left behind no known friends or family. But every student left school that day keeping Mr. Fowl’s memory alive.

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AOH- Memorial Day, 2019

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Celtic Catholic

"Be one of the small number who find the way to life, and enter by the narrow gate into Heaven. Take care not to follow the majority and the common herd, so many of whom are lost. Do not be deceived; there are only two roads: one that leads to life and is narrow; the other that leads to death and is wide. There is no middle way."
— St. Louis de Montfort

This Day in Irish History

This day 1005 years ago – 23 April 1014 – the Battle of Clontarf took place.

Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, was confronted by overseas forces summoned by Máel Mórda, King of Leinster, and Sitric Silkenbeard, King of Dublin.

Though his side was victorious, Boru was killed.

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Celtic Catholic

"The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them...The Cross had asked: "Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?" The Resurrection answered: "That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and this be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death."--Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

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The Lord has Risen!

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🔥ST JOAN of ARC'S last words before being burned at the stake for her Faith remind me of this picture of the CROSS at Notre Dame in a very prophetic way:

"Hold the Cross high so that I may see it through the flames"

St Joan of Arc, please pray for us!

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To solve the Brexit crisis, time to put special status for Northern Ireland back on the table Brexit is indeed a stranded whale, beached on the shores of Northern Ireland, and the tide is rapidly going out.

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While at times resembling a Monty Python sketch, Brexit not only poses problems for Ireland, but the U.S. as well.

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