☘Feeding the hungry at Christ House

Congratulations to our volunteers, feeding the hungry at Christ House tonight. Led by Commander Kilday.

“Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity”

Congratulations! 7 Brothers Earn their Major Degree & Brother Jim McLaughlin Receives VA AOH Hibernian of the Year Award

Congratulations to 7 Brothers who made their Major Degree on February 3rd
☘Mike O’Shea
☘Shannen Coffin
☘Brendan O’Neill
☘Greg Smith
☘James Woodruff
☘Greg Doherty
☘George Lynch

and to

☘Brother Jim McLaughlin for receiving the VA AOH Hibernian of the Year Award!

Wreaths Across America Clean Up January 20

Thanks to Brothers Ruic, Cooney, & McElwain and other who joined thousands of volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery to assist in the Wreaths Across America cleanup effort, retrieving the over 200,000 wreaths laid across the cemetery in December.

Basilica of St. Mary


An exciting day for our Parish and our Diocese.  At this mornings 0830 mass, Bishop Burbidge announced that the Vatican issued a decree granting St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria, the title ‘minor basilica,’ making it the first basilica in Northern Virginia, the first in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and the 84th in the United States.

Our 223-year-old Roman Catholic Church will officially be named “The Basilica of Saint Mary.”


Wreaths Across America Cleanup with the AoH Herbert-Cady Division

Dear Brothers,

Brothers Devin Ruic and Brendan Cooney are coordinating Remembrance Wreath Clean-up with Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery on January 20th at 8am.

The Eventbrite event is located here:


Additionally, you can register via Eventbrite without ever leaving Facebook, via our Facebook Page’s event here:


Great patriotic event!




Merry Christmas at Christ House

Dear Brothers,

Today, after church, our AOH Crew ( McCarthys, Rileys and Kilday) dropped off food and St. Mary ornaments to  Christ House Shelter. Our Division also provided the Christmas tree to Christ House for their lobby. Sr. Annie was grateful as usual and wished you all blessings and a Merry Christmas.





Wreaths Across America


It was a humbling experience to lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery last weekend.  It is a good service project that reminds us that not all can be home for the holidays.  Some photos honoring Washington Parke-Custis and President JFK are attached, and I hope we can get many volunteers to assist with the pick-up of the wreaths on 20 JAN. With thousands of volunteers, it is easier to take the metro, or to drive and park at FT Myer if you have access.

Merry Christmas!

Brendan Cooney

Chairman, Veteran Affairs

Ancient Order of Hibernians, VA

843 860 5740 (c)


AOH 2017 Christmas Party at Murphy’s Grand Old Irish Pub

Fantastic time had by all at our Annual Christmas Party at Murphy’s Grand Old Irish Pub.  Our classic Christmas entertainment – Irish dancers Kate & Addison Laragy, Jai Mitchell, Singers Mary Smith, Liam Laragy, Brother Devin Ruic & his girlfriend, and Guitar/Singer Brother PJ Dougherty.  Thanks to Brother Scott Laragy for coordinating the event!  Our Division recognized Murphy’s Pub and Manager Kenny Mitchell for their outstanding support and hospitality with a plaque.


Sucessful Ornaments Sales

Brother Kilday was “King of Sales”.  Pictured below is the “night” crew with flashlights.  Great work everyone selling ornaments the past few months.  We sold approximately 250 ornaments.  Some of the ornaments were given to the St. Mary Parish Office staff. The remaining ornaments were donated to the Daughters of St. Paul Religious Sisters at Pauline’s Bookstore.  

AOH Capitals Hockey Game Outing

Thanks to Brother Mike McEntee for coordinating AOH Capitals outing.  We had almost 40 people in attendance (members with their family/friends) for the action packed evening starting with the buffet at the Brewhouse.  Caps won 4-3 thanks to some extra prayers from Fr. Barnes and Fr. Bresnahan!