Message From President Pat O’Connell

June, 2017

Dear Sisters,

As you read this message, I bring you greetings and prayers that you may continue to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.  I am hopeful that through our member to member engagement that we will be strengthened to live our lives modeling Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.

I want to thank the members who have participated in their 2017 State Convention deliberations.  I challenge the members of the States whose 2017 State Conventions have not yet been convened to make a commitment to participate in their 2017 State Convention.  As I have learned through my experience in participating in my own State Conventions through the years, “you learn by doing, and by doing you learn.”

Let me take this opportunity to publicly thank the State Presidents who have completed their Term of Office for their leadership and commitment of time to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of their State.  To the newly elected State Presidents, I pledge my support to assist you in whatever manner I can.  You may contact me via phone (309-309-2116) or by email (  Let me remind the newly elected State Presidents to send the contact information for your newly elected State Board including the following:  Title, full name, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address to me at and to National Secretary Karen Keane at

By the time you read his article, your LAOH State President will have received information regarding the AOH-LAOH National Presidents’ Testimonial Weekend being held October 13-14, 2017 in New Orleans LA at the St. Charles Hilton Hotel.  AOH National President James F. McKay and I are co-hosting this weekend starting at 9:00 PM on Friday, October 13th, with a Welcome and a “Musical Night in Old New Orleans” Social.  On Saturday, October 14th, each Hibernian Organization will convene their Interim National Board Meeting.  Following the Meeting Schedules, Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Church followed by a Social Hour at the Intercontinental Hotel where the Presidents’ Dinner will be held and the Sean MacBride Award will be presented.  Forms for participating in this special weekend are available at OR and in The Hibernian Digest.  I look forward to seeing many of you readers at this special AOH-LAOH National Presidents’ Weekend.

I encourage all of you to continue your efforts to identify new candidates for consideration for membership and I pray that through your Division meetings, activities, and events that you will be able to sustain your membership.  May our patron saints, St. Brigid and St. Patrick, continue to strengthen us as we work daily to live our motto, “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.”

Patricia O’Connell, National President