Story and photos by Tom Loughlin Jr.
Oneida County’s John C. Devereux Division #1 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Oneida County Ladies’ Order of Hibernians “Ladies of Knock” held their annual Memorial Mass at the newly renamed “Mary, Mother of our Savior” (formerly “Our Lady of Lourdes”) on Sunday, October 31st 2021. The mass is held in homage to deceased AOH members and to victims of “An Gorta Mor’’ – the Great Hunger which devastated Ireland in the 1840’s. Father Joe Salerno presided in the Mass.The church’s campus is the site of the Great Hunger Monument and is surrounded by individual bricks naming former members and local individuals of Irish descent. The Hibernians are a fraternity/sorority for practicing Roman Catholics of Irish descent or Irish born.
Photo 1 Father Salerno addresses the Hibernians at the Great Hunger Mass at Mary Mother of our Savior church in Utica NY 10-31-2021
Photo 2 With the newly renamed Our Lady of Lourdes church, now “Mary Mother of our Savior”, in the background and the Great Hunger Memorial in the fore, the Men’s and Ladies AOH of Oneida County assemble following their annual Memorial Mass. Photo by Tom Loughlin Jr.Photo 3 Oneida County AOH Presidents Rose Butler of the Ladies, and Patrick Roach of the Men’s enter “Mary Mother of Our Savior” Church in Utica for the annual Memorial Mass for victims of the Great Hunger and deceased members. MMOS choir/musicians above them.