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Who are the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians?


Our Division Namesake

 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. 


Our History


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.


Our Mission & Values


  • Live the life God intended us to
  • Integrity in all we do and say
  • Protect and serve those in need
  • Service above self
  • Promote freedom for all including all 32 counties in Ireland
  • Protect and assist Irish immigrants to our country
  • Support and defend children's rights
  • Always follow our motto: Friendship Unity & Christian Charity
  • To serve the needs of ALL the members of our communities across America!


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