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Sick & Welfare

Please pray for all our deceased members and all our Brothers who are ill and ungoing difficulties at this time. 

May the God of St. Patrick watch over them.

James J Kelly 1939 – July 14, 2020

Born in Bray, Co. Wicklow in 1939, Jim emigrated to the United States in 1957. Before departing Ireland, he had served both an apprenticeship in shoe making and two years in the Irish Free State Army. The first few years in his new country were spent in a variety of jobs, but he finally secured a rating as a stationery engineer. Joining the U.S. Army in 1962, he served with the 509th Airborne; 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Infantry Division, being honorably discharged in 1964. Married to the former Bridget Ann Murphy (Breda) this same year, Jim and his wife were blessed with two children by 1967. In 1968 he joined the New York City Police Department and served 20 years, retiring in 1988. He had worked as an intelligence analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration. Finally, during the period of 1965 to 1978, Jim acquired his high school equivalency diploma, an A.A.S. from Rockland Community College, a Bachelor's Degree from Iona and a Master's from C.W. Post. This is a truly remarkable accomplishment when viewed together with his family and job responsibilities.

Brother Kelly served as Orange County AOH Division 1 President from 1996-97, District 8 Director 1992-94, AOH Orange County Board President 2001-2005, AOH County Historian 1990-2014, Founder of the Fleming Scholarship Fund and was Chairman of that committee from 2001-2013. Brother Kelly initiated the Seamus Comisky Memorial Shamrock Degree and served as Degree Coordinator from 2004-2014.

A family trip to Gettysburg led him to a deep interest in researching the stories of many of the Irish Americans, particularly those in the Irish Brigade, who had fought in our Civil War. He has unearthed a wealth of materials, becoming an authority on this topic.  Paralleling this engrossing interest, Jim pursued the bagpipes. The wild music and the soft music of the "pipes" seems to be the best of music to most Irishmen. To conquer their intricacies and enjoy playing them is almost an innate ambition. As well as a highly valued member to the AOH, Brother Kelly was a bagpiper and played a huge part in the Orange County AOH Pipe and Drums for 38+ years. Brother Kelly joined "The Old Brigade" in 1978. He was a stellar teacher and was the type of leader we were all proud of. Brother Kelly also mentored bagpipers at the West Point US Military Academy from 1991-1996, earning himself the SGM Jack Harris Award. Brother Kelly quickly raised through the ranks and became Pipe Sergeant in 1982 all the way through to 1997. He then became Pipe Major from 1997 until the year 2001.

Jim had served as historian to both Division 1 and the County Board of the A.O.H. in Orange County.
n 1992, Jim was the Grand Marshal for the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick's Parade.

In 2016 Brother Jim Kelly was awarded The Burns-Hayes Award. The Burns-Hayes Award, is the highest award that can be bestowed to a Hibernian in the State of New York, by the AOH
Here are a few words from Brother Kelly's Lifetime Membership Application:
“Sharing my knowledge of the AOH Constitution and By-Laws with new members of our respective Division and County. Imparting the history of the Irish and the Irish American People and the contributions they made over many centuries as immigrants, their hardships, rejections and sufferings. And, of course, on a positive note, the many accomplishments they contributed to their adopted country…I enjoyed every minute of it.”
From young immigrant to stationery engineer, soldier, possessor of a Master's Degree; Police Office to Investigative Analyst for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; father and grandfather, renowned historian and master of the bagpipes; "Big Jim" Kelly was, indeed, an Irishman for all times and seasons. Please Keep Jim Kelly his wife Breda and his children William and Maria in your prayers.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas F. Flynn and Brendan T. Flynn and the staff of Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc.


May 15, 1936 - January 2, 2013
Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 15, 1936; Professed Simple Vows in the Order of Carmelites, on September 15, 1957; Professed Solemn Vows on September 15, 1960; Ordained to the Priesthood on May 27, 1964; Died on January 2, 2013.
Reverend John Colman Logan, O.Carm., a member of the Order of Carmelites of the North American Province of St. Elias, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 after a long illness. He was 76 years old.
Father Jack was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 15, 1936 to Michael and Mary (Fahy) Logan. He is survived by three sisters: Margaret Franklin, Anne Corcoran and Bridget Wilson; one brother, Ronald Logan, and fourteen nieces and nephews.
After graduation from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1954, Father Jack entered the Carmelites in St. Albert's Junior Seminary in Middletown. He received his habit in the Order of Carmelites, North American Province of Saint Elias in September 1956, when he entered the Carmelite Novitiate in Williamstown, MA and received the religious name of Colman. At the conclusion of his Novitiate year he professed Simple Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity on September 15, 1957. He professed his Solemn Vows on September 15, 1960 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1964 in Middletown, NY.
He graduated from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY with a B.A. and a Masters Degree in Philosophy and English and in 1964 finished his Theology at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC.
Father Jack taught English and Theology in Nativity B.V.M. High School in Pottsville, PA (1964-1965), Mount Carmel High School in Auburn, NY (1965-1970), McQuaid Jesuit High School, Rochester, NY (1970-1976), and St. Albert's Junior Seminary, Middletown, NY (1977-1978), where he was also Principal. Father Jack was Head Catholic Chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan from 1978-2007.
He also served as Prior at Whitefriars Priory in Rochester, NY and Our Lady of the Scapular-St. Stephen's Priory in Manhattan. After his retirement in 2007, Father Jack moved to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Priory in Middletown, NY. In September 2011, because of illness, Father Jack moved to St. Albert's Priory in Middletown, NY, where he resided until his death.
A dedicated, joyful and hard-working Carmelite, Father John Colman Logan, O.Carm. was a professed member of the Carmelite Order for 55 years and a priest for 48 years. He was dearly loved by his family, friends and Carmelite brothers. Cherished by all, he will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Father John Logan's memory may be made to the Carmelite Education Fund, and mailed to: P.O. Box 868, Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940.
Visitation for Reverend John Colman Logan, O.Carm. will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with Evening Prayer Service at 8 p.m. at National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY.
There will also be Visitation from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2013, prior to the Funeral Mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY.
Interment will be at Carmelite Cemetery at St. Albert's, Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940, 845-343-6309.