from Jack Schneider, National Chairman Rituals & Degrees …
La Fheile Padraig! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!
Major Degree activities have gotten off to a rapid start in 2020. We note the following Major Degrees held to date.
Pennsylvania’s Isle of Erin Major Degree Team (MDT), celebrating their 25th Anniversary Year, got things off to a start this year with the first Major Degree at the historic Michael Dougherty Bucks County Division 1 Clubhouse in Bristol, PA on February 9. At this Degree, 27 Brothers were welcomed into the Inner Chamber of Hibernian Brotherhood.
The following weekend, the Tri Abhainn MDT of Allegheny County PA, the Order’s newest MDT, completed exemplification of their third Major Degree with 18 candidates receiving the Lessons and taking the Test of the Order on February 15 in Carnegie, PA.
Most recently, the Order’s longest tenured MDT, the Schenectady New York MDT, currently celebrating their milestone 100th Year of continued operation, conferred the Major Degree upon 11 candidates in a ceremony at the CDIAA Hall in Albany, NY on February 29, hosted by Father Henry Tansey Albany County Division 5.
Upcoming Major Degrees of the Order:
Sat. March 28 – Virginia State Board Meeting, Brian Boru MDT (VA)
Sat., April 4; 12 Noon – Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, 6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, PA, hosted by Daniel Browne Philadelphia Division 80. Isle of Erin MDT (PA). www.theirishcenter.com; www.aohnd1.com/degreeteam.htm
Sat. April 18 – Rosen Center Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL. Innisfail MDT (FL)
Sat. April 18 – Elmira, NY. Schenectady MDT (NY)
Sat. April 25 – Hibernian Hall, 5110 Southern Blvd, Youngstown, OH, hosted by Mahoning County OH Division 6. Tri Abhainn MDT (PA)
For additional details, please see the Rituals and Degrees subpage on the National Website at AOH.com/ritual-and-degrees.