List of Irish Saints in December

Here is the calendar of Irish Saints by feast day. Anglicizations (where applicable) are in parentheses following the Irish version. For information on the origins and meanings of these names, see the alphabetical list . For more information on the saints themselves, visit’s online Irish Saint database.  Keep in mind that many of these saints lived in the earliest years of Christianity– (i.e., St. Patrick lived from 387-461 a.d.) and there isn’t much in the way of written records surviving about them. If you don’t find any information about a saint you’re looking for; don’t be discouraged, there just … Continue reading

Remember to pray for those departed.

Often overshadowed by the two days preceding it, Halloween (October 31) and All Saints Day (November 1), All Souls Day is a solemn feast in the Roman Catholic Church commemorating all of those who have died and now are in Purgatory, being cleansed of their venial sins and the temporal punishments for the mortal sins that they had confessed and atoning before entering fully into Heaven. The importance of All Souls Day was made clear by Pope Benedict XV (1914-22), when he granted all priests the privilege of celebrating three Masses on All Souls Day: one, for the faithful departed; one for … Continue reading

Irish Saints for November

NOVEMBER -1- Cairbre, Lonán, Cronan, Breandán (Brendan), Aodh -2- Aodhán (Aidan), Lughaidh, Caoimhe (Keeva), Earc -3- Brughach -4- -5- Colmán, Flannán, Faolán -6- Aodhán (Aidan), Cronan, Colmán, Fionntán (Fintan) -7- -8- Colm, Fionnchán -9- Aodhnait, Beineón, Fionntán (Fintan), Sárnait -10- Aodh, Comyn, Fearghus (Fergus, Ciarán (Kieran), Osnait, Aodhnait (Enat) -11- Cairbre, Dubhán, Cronan -12- Comyn, Lonán, Mainchín (Mannix), Eirnín -13- Eirnín, Odharnait (Orna), Colm, Caillín, Faoileann -14- Colmán, Lorcan -15- -16- Fionntán (Fintan), Ciar (Keera) -17- Aonghas (Aengas) -18- Rónán, Beoeodh, Míonait -19- -20- Fraochán -21- Garbhán (Garvan), Comyn, Aodhán (Aidan), Colmán -22- Ultan, Meadhbh (Maeve), Éimhín -23- -24- Colmán, … Continue reading

March 17 Letter to the Carlisle Sentinel Editor

A salute to the mayor Dear Editor: Rarely does a citizen have the opportunity to praise a public official for something done right, but today I want to do just that and explain how the actions of our local mayor placed little Carlisle ahead of the entire state in terms of recognizing a valuable asset and heritage of his local community. I serve as the president of the local Ancient Order of Hibernians, a not for profit organization established to promote its Catholic and Irish heritage and beliefs and to protect against any attacks or criticism of that proud heritage. … Continue reading

March is Irish-American Heritage month in Carlisle

It’s official, March 2012 is Irish-American Heritage month in Carlisle, Pa.  The proclamation was made official by Carlisle’s new Mayor William Kronenberg. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, General William Thompson, Cumberland County Division 2, sincerly thank his Honor the Mayor for his efforts and this Proclamation. We will continue to serve our community and church as we celebrate our heritage and reach out to those in need, “In Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.” … Continue reading