On October 6, 1946, St. Patrick’s Division 2 of Suffolk County, NY was organized by Michael Rice, who hailed originally from County Mayo. Twenty-four members were initiated at the first meeting. 75-years later, St. Patrick’s Division 2 has become the largest Division in Suffolk County (with approximately 450 members. Mike Rice’s vision of a Division dedicated to our Catholic Faith, Irish heritage and culture; a Division that aids the hungry and less fortunate, and a Division that lives our motto of Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity every day!
The Division held a 75th Anniversary celebratory weekend of events that included a Friday evening “open House/ice breaker”; a Saturday morning 75th Anniversary mass, followed by breakfast; a Saturday evening gala dinner/dance, then a Sunday afternoon “after party” members Bar-B-Q.
On October 6th, the actual date of the Division’s 75th Anniversary, a permanent monument was blessed and dedicated in Babylon Village’s Argyle Park, where the Division is located. The Division’s Chaplain, Brothers, officers, past presidents and elected officials came out to in support. Afterwards, all were invited back to Division 2’s Hall / Irish Cultural Center for light refreshments and raise a glass to celebrate 75 years! St. Patrick’s Division 2 continues to evolve and grow, and the future looks very bright, as they now continue to look forward to their 100th Anniversary!