DC Divisions

Division 1 Commodore John Barry (Washington DC) Contact: Chip Lacey (chiplaurinda@verizon.net) 

We are the Nation’s Capitol Division of the oldest and largest Irish-Catholic men’s fraternal organization in America.  Our Division participates in a variety of Irish cultural events including St. Patrick’s Day parades, Congressional and Irish Embassy receptions, concerts, and more.

We also serve to promote charitable efforts, which have included children’s causes in the Irish Peace process, scholarships for local students as well as the Raise a Pint for Freedom fundraiser for victims of September 11th.

Our membership includes professional and retired men from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, our nation’s armed services as well as the private sector. -Click Here to view Division Facebook page

Division 2 Charles Carroll Division (Bowie, MD)Contact: Bob April (301-526-8451)

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Charles Carroll Division #2 is an enthusiastic group located in Bowie, MD.  AOH DC Div 2 has been “Defending LIFE since our Nations Bi-Centennial” and was chartered on March 29, 1976.  Division 2 regularly participates in the AOH Right to Life Breakfast, marches in the National Right to Life March, holds an annual raffle for Washington Redskins tickets, and volunteers at a meal booth at the Maryland Irish Festival. Their fundraising efforts support the charities of The Gabriel Project, The Sister Servants of the Lord, Project Saint Patrick, Maple School of Irish Dance, U of MD Catholic Student Center, Sacred Heart Parish, and the MSGR Wells Tournament benefiting Catholic Secondary Education. 

Div 2 holds fantastic social events in their annual Christmas party, where they hold a fine feast and sing Christmas carols, and an excellent summer pool party.  Div 2’s St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Irish Social is renowned for highlighting Friendship, Unity, and True Christian Charity. Marching in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parades in DC and Annapolis are a time honored tradition.

AOH Division 2’s regular monthly meetings are held at 7:30pm on the third Monday at Sacred Heart Church (Whitemarsh Hall next to “Historic Chapel on the Hill”) at 16501 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715. -Click Here to view Division Facebook page

Division 3 Monsignor Thomas M. Wells  (Silver Spring, MD) Contact: Stephen Sullivan (stephensullivan25@gmail.com)

Monsignor Thomas M. Wells Division, based in Silver Spring, MD, is a division named after the beloved Monsignor Thomas Wells who departed this life in the year 2000.  Division 3 recently represented the AOH at the Monsignor Wells Remembrance Mass & Celebration. The Division is active in Irish music and one of their members is an integral part of the band “Crossing Celtic.” On an annual basis, its members march with the DC State Board in the DC St Patrick’s Day Parade and participate in the Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony.

Monsignor Wells Division is actively looking for new members to join their spirited Division.  In the past year, they have enrolled more than 10 new members.  For more information feel free to contact Stephen Sullivan (stephensullivan25@gmail.com) or George Rogers (shamlawn03@aol.com).

AOH Division 3’s regular monthly meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Rosensteel Hall (9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910)  -Click Here to view Division Facebook page  -Click here to view the Division’s webpage

Division 4 Sons of Aidan (Washington, DC) Contact: John Simpson (john.rg.simpson@gmail.com)

Sons of Aidan, based in the District of Columbia, is comprised primarily of college students and young professionals.  We meet monthly for business, religious, and fraternal social occasions.  The Division regularly participates in community events at our host parish, throughout the District of Columbia, and in surrounding suburban Maryland and Virginia.

We participate annually in a wreath-laying at the gravesite of Brother Hibernian President John F. Kennedy, fundraisers for two Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese, St Jerome’s Irish Fest, the District of Columbia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and relief efforts including aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

AOH Division 4’s regular monthly meetings are held at 7:00pm on the second Thursday at the DC FOP Lodge #1 (711 Fourth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001). Come see the future of the Order at the Sons of Aidan Division!  -Click Here to view Division Facebook page

Division 5 John F. Kennedy (College Park, MD) -Contact: Don Connolly (donald.r.connolly@gmail.com)

We are a small division with a powerful impact.  Founded on December 12, 1978, we are named in memory of the only Irish-American Catholic President of the United States who joined the AOH in 1947.  We focus on promoting our motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.  We are a congenial group and welcome new members.  Our meetings are both purposeful and sufficiently relaxed to encourage all to be involved.  We live the spirit of unity when we work together on various projects with a spirit of camaraderie and good fellowship.  We actively express Christian charity by giving to those in need.

We host annual social functions including our summer crab feast picnic on the banks of the Magothy River, near Annapolis, and our popular Christmas Party, hosted in conjunction with the LAOH.  We sponsor a Lenten soup meal and conduct the Stations of the Cross for the Holy Family Parish once a year.  We proudly contribute to the support of our diocesan seminarian.

Through the years we have taken on numerous projects to recognize the Irish and Irish-American people who have made a great impact on this country.  Members of our Division spearheaded the efforts to erect the Irish Brigade Monument at the Antietam Civil War battlefield and raise the funds to restore the eight Irish monuments at the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield.  Most recently, our members initiated and successfully led the effort to properly recognize the Wexford born Commodore John Barry at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD by erecting a monument to him.

Faithful to our motto of Christian charity, we financially contribute to the Hibernian Hunger Project, Project Saint Patrick, and other charities to help those in need.

AOH Division 5’s regular monthly meetings are now held at 7:30pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month at KofC Cherry Hill Hall (9450 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD 20740).  -Click Here to view Division Facebook page

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