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Welcome to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #32, Monmouth County website. Our organization is dedicated to uniting Irish Catholic men in Friendship, Unity, and Catholic Charity.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization. The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country.

The Order evolved from a need in the early 1600s to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry VIII. When England implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country.

Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May 4th, 1836 at New York's St. James Church, to protect clergy and church property. The vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine issues in Ireland in the late 1840s prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

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