We uphold and defend the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is St. Brigid, our Patroness, that we emulate when we pursue our motto, "Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity."
We aid and support the Irish people as they strive for a united, and peaceful independent Ireland by fostering and perpetuating the history, culture, and traditions of the Irish people.
First organized in 1894 as the "Daughters of Erin" in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1906 name changed to "Ladies' Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America." In 2004 we officially incorporated as our own Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc..
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland, Division One, Travis County was installed on November 14th, 2015 at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin Texas and with that the LAOH returned to Texas. Our division was founded by Stacy Brewer after several monthly formation meetings. We chose the name in honor of the golden rose Pope John Paul II presented to the Knock Shrine in 1979 and it also represents the Yellow Rose of Texas which is presented to Texas women for exceptional community service. A handmade yellow rose was given to each of our members at the installation and and to any new members. We were honored to have Maureen Shelton from the National LAOH there to guide us.
2015 was quite a year for the Irish in Austin as the AOH was also installed and the Irish Consulate in Austin was officially opened! We are so blessed to have the Irish Consul General join in many of our events.
In honor of St. Brigid we hold a St. Brigid’s Day Tea around her feast day. This annual fundraiser has raised money for The Killeshandra Nuns and Saint Louise House, which supports formally homeless women and children in need. They provide housing and services for these families and we have volunteered for them by working in their garden.
Our LAOH has a “Mass & Munch” where we have celebrated mass at each others churches and enjoy a meal together. The purpose of this event is to grow closer as friends, grow closer in our faith and learn about the Catholic communities in our area. We join with the AOH fundraisers, Halfway to St Patrick’s Day and the Irish Stew Competitions. We also participate in the AOH State Conventions.
Although we are the only LAOH in Texas there have been divisions in the past. Our current member Marie O’Shaughnessy Martin founded two divisions in Austin; Daughters of Erin and Mary Doyle. In the 1980’s we had divisions in Houston, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, San Antonio and Austin. It’s such a joy to again have this sisterhood in Austin that shares our heritage and faith.
Today we have 23 members! The Austin LAOH is a very lovely sisterhood of women who support one another with love, laughter and fellowship.
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