Ritual and Degrees

The AOH National Constitution specifies the following as one of the duties of the National Vice President: “Be responsible for advancing and promoting the Degree work of the Order” (Article X, Section 2, B).

The Rituals and Degrees of the AOH are an important component of who and what we are as an organization. While it is essential for us to urge our members to take the Major Degree, it is also incumbent on us to assure that the Degree Teams themselves are available to perform this service wherever required. During the first week of September I mailed a Degree Team Profile form to be completed by each of our teams. My purpose was to ascertain which teams are currently active, as well as to update contact information for all teams.

The teams are being listed below in the hope that counties, states, and regions will now start to plan for Major Degrees in their respective jurisdictions.

Saint Columbkill Knights MDT
Contact: John O’Keefe
10 Brantwood Court
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
908-705-1606
okeefej@daiwatc.com

Round Tower MDT
Status: currently re-organizing
Contact: Jerry Callaghan
44B Jennifer Place
Staten Island, NY 10514
917-582-7171

Brian Boru MDT
Contact: J.J. Kelly
9102 Paloma Lane
Springfield, VA 22153
703-455-1507
IrishKnight1@verizon.net

Cu Chulainn Celtic Warriors MDT
Contact: Jack King
636 Rockaway Street
Staten Island, NY 10307
718-948-2555
jkcuchulainn@yahoo.com

Isle of Erin MDT
Contact: Jim Murphy
335 Spring Lane
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610-265-7393

Tara Court Major Degree Team (MDT)
Contact:Walter S. Butler
4 Melvin court
Farmingville,NY. 11738
631/736-2171
Wbutler547@aol.com

Sons of Milesius MDT
Contact: John O’Connor
199 N. Cassingham Road
Bexley, OH 43209
614-253-0470
ollamh1@hotmail.com

Schenectady MDT
Contact: Michael Glenn
155 Foch Road
Scotia, NY 12302
518-372-0818
mglen2@nycap.rr.com

The Red Branch Knights MD
Status: currently re-organizing
Contact: Patrick Rooney
51 Sound View Road
Great Neck, NY 11020
516-487-9703

Carraig Phadraig MDT
Contact: Neil J. Diamond
313 Reynard Drive
Goose Creek, SC 29445
843-553-5732
NJDiamond@msn.com

In addition, the National Board would suggest that any counties or states that might presently be considering starting their own teams contact JJ Kelly, the Chairman for Rituals and Degrees (details above). JJ will be happy to provide assistance and direction on forming a new team.