Meet Our Virtual Keynote Speaker: Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.

She is the founder and director of The Abortion Survivors Network and is a Master’s level prepared Social Worker. She’s the author of “You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir.”

Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless. Melissa and her husband, Ryan, live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their two daughters, Ava and Olivia.

MiraVia Mission

Respecting and affirming life from the moment of conception, MiraVia is a safe haven and source of hope for pregnant mothers and their children. Invoking a Christ-centered approach inspired by the examples of Mary and Joseph, MiraVia helps young families move toward a new life of hopeful, independent, and healthy living and educates the broader community on the importance of fostering a culture of life.

Online Registration Linkhttps://miraviabanquet.lpages.co

Respect Life Month

USCCB Priorities at the Polls

As Catholics approach the polls, we are asked to weigh many important issues. The U.S. bishops have reaffirmed that “the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.”[1] While they did warn us not to “dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,” they did give priority to upholding and defending our brothers’ and sisters’ most basic right—to live.

AOH Voting Resources

Additional resources:

A Comparison of the Republican and Democratic Platforms

Where do the Candidates for President Stand on Abortion?

Where do the Candidates for Vice President Stand on Abortion?

2020 Elections – North Carolina Senate Scorecard

The Raleigh Irish Festival – September 28th.

The Raleigh Irish Festival was born from an established Irish event which has been hosted by Ancient Order of Hibernians Wake County Division # 1 over the years at the Knights of Columbus.   This event started out as an Irish family picnic – and over the years grew into an Irish music fest. The fest had been outgrowing the space at The Knights hall for quite a while – so organizers from various Irish establishments and organizations got together and started talking about hosting the event in the most central place we could find so more people would be able to come and be part of the culture and heritage we are all so very proud of.

Moore Square is set in the heart of the Raleigh (200 South Blount Street).  It is not so big as we will get lost – nor so small we will feel cramped.  The Square is also a home base for the Raleigh St Patrick’s Day parade festivities – and of course right on the doorstep of Tir Na nOg Irish Pub. It was fitting we decided this would be the perfect new home for Raleigh Irish Fest.
This is our 2nd year at Moore Square …
This event is brought to you by Hibernian Charity of Wake County, the 501C (3) arm of the Wake County Ancient Order of Hibernians, & and 3 Irish Jewels Farm, a nonprofit organization, is an ongoing effort to establish a working farm in the Triangle Area where adults with autism can live and contribute. We hope you will come out and spend the day with us.
The Event admission is FREE!
Bring the kids — it is a family affair!
We are very grateful to Sam Adams for their Support
  • Food will be on sale & provided by Moore Square restaurant’s
  • The Irish Pub is brought to you by Sam Adams Brewery
  • Entertainment is sponsored by various individuals and local business
  • Sponsors can be found on Sponsor page
Please support them or ask how YOU can become a sponsor.
Raleigh Irish fest Committe

2009 Dinner Dance

Other 2007 Pictures

2007 Parade

2007 Irishfest

2007 Dinner

Gov. Burke Gravesite Cleanup