Brothers, The following note is from AOH National President Seamus Boyle:
As of July 1, 2009, we have a new national chaplain.
Father Thomas M. O’Donnell will be our national chaplain effective immediately.
About five weeks ago, Father Patrick Sullivan informed me that he had been asked to serve as the the executive secretary of the Labor Guild and chaplain for the Archdiocese of Boston. He will be stationed in Weymouth MA but will be housed at Stonehill.
Father Sullivan and I had a very close relationship for the past number of years, and I am sad to see him leave as our chaplain, but as he explained to me, besides these duties he will also have to train a younger priest to eventually take over his job as the years progress.
Knowing him as I do, and and most of you know already that he is a person who will not do a job he cannot dedicate his time and talent to full time. Father Sullivan said he could not dedicate the time needed to perform the position of national chaplain, and he would have to resign.
He is not going too far and will be around the conventions and meetings when he can. Father did a great job as chaplain. He will be missed sorely. Thank you,Father.
Father Sullivan is very familiar with Father Tom O’Donnell and was delighted when Father Tom accepted the appointment. Father Tom is presently the Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania state chaplain and is very familiar with the AOH and has been a member for many years.
He is an expert on Canon Law and is a judge on the Marriage Tribunal. I am delighted to have Father Tom on board. He will have his first job attending the meeting in Albany next week with the LAOH. I ask that you all give him your total support. He will be available to each of you at any time. During the next year you will see a lot of Father Tom as he is a hands-on kind of priest and travels around the country so you will not be surprised when you see him.
His email address will be on our list from now on. I will give you all his phone contacts as well.
412-456-3000 x 3720 Office
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Seamus Boyle, National President
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc