On Sunday April 24th, AOH Suffolk County Board held their annual remembrance and wreath laying at the site of the farmland purchased in 1906 by Thomas & Kathleen Daly Clarke. The event held annually in Manorville, Long Island, NY was attended by AOH & LAOH members from Suffolk County, NY including Suffolk County Presidents Bill Gorham and Sue O’Neill. NYS Past President Vic Vogel was in attendance as well as Past Suffolk County Presidents, current Suffolk County officers and Suffolk County Division Presidents and members.
New to the Clarke site was the newly installed Mass Rock, where NYS/Suffolk County & Suffolk Division 9 Chaplain, Fr. Henry Reid blessed and celebrated the very first Mass on the Mass Rock. The Mass Rock represents the rocks the Irish used to conduct hidden Masses, when Catholic worship was banned in Ireland. A formal dedication of the Mass Rock at this site is set for a later date in early summer.