Catherine McAuley was born near Dublin, Ireland on September 29, 1778. 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”.