invite you to browse these pages and see what the LAOH is all about. If
you are an Irish Catholic Woman 16 years of age or older and are interested
in joining this great organization, please click on the "Join" link on
any page for contact information in your area.
Ancient Order of Hibernians was organized in America in New York City
in 1836. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians was organized in Omaha,
Nebraska in 1894 as the "Daughters of Erin."
The Organization pledged itself to God and Country. In 1906 at the National
Convention of the Order at Saratoga Springs, the Ladies received permission
from the National Chaplain and the National President of the A.O.H. to
function as a separate organization. The name was changed to "Ladies Auxiliary
to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America." In 1984 at the National
Constitution Convention of the Order held in Albany, N.Y., the Ladies
voted to change their name to "The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians."
The primary purpose of the Ladies was to protect young immigrant Irish
girls coming to the United States, to assist them in securing employment,
to give them the opportunity to be with their own kind, and to keep them
from becoming homesick and discouraged. The motto of the Ladies is "Friendship,
Unity, and Christian Charity." Our Patron Saint is Saint Brigid.
The Preamble of our Constitution states that the intent and purpose of
the Ladies is to promote Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity among
its members; assisting the people of Ireland to establish an Irish Republic
which shall include the 32 Counties of Ireland, aiding the aged, sick,
blind and infirm members and for the legitimate expense of the Ladies,
including Mission work and Catholic Action.