We are a local division of a national Irish Catholic charity organization known as the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. There are over 229 divisions across the U.S.
Our local Division was named after Catherine Elizabeth McAuley, (born Sept. 29, 1787, County Dublin, Ire.—died Nov. 11, 1841, Dublin), founder of the Religious Sisters of Mercy (R.S.M.), a congregation of nuns engaged in education and social service. After the death of both her parents, Catherine went to live with relatives who embodied the strong anti-Catholic atmosphere of the times. This was a difficult trial for Catherine, but through it she developed a spirituality based on God's Mercy. She found "peace in the Cross, joy in suffering, prayer in action and action in prayer" (Bolster, "Catherine McAuley"). Catherine sought to provide solace to sick and needy families, to train young girls for employment and to instruct poor children.
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc., were formed in Omaha, NE, in 1894. First known as “The Daughters of Erin”, the Ladies first mission was to welcome new Irish women & children immigrating to America. The Ladies offered guidance, education, and employment opportunities in a new country while providing the “comforts of the motherland”.
The local Division was opened on April 27, 2014, with 15 faithful sisters. We currently have over 40 members, and continue to grow.
Thank you for your donation to the Louisville Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. We are a 510c (3), and donations are tax deductible. Please see here for more information: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/charitable-organizations/charitable-contribution-deductions