What We Do

The AOH William J. Ryan Division 4 is active in the community and supports many charitable organizations.

Once again, our Division will be presenting 3 scholarships for the youth of our families and our community. DeSales Scholarship - Presented to a student for DeSales Catholic School in Lockport. Catholic High School Scholarship - Presented for students attending a Catholic high school. College Scholarship - Presented to a 2017 high school senior who will be attending college in the fall.

DeSales Catholic School

"DeSales is a regional Catholic elementary school, located in the Town of Lockport NY, within the Diocese of Buffalo. The school is a center of excellence that inspires individual students to reach their greatest potential, both inside and outside the classroom, while providing students with the fundamental building blocks to be innovative, critical-thinkers, and responsible future leaders. DeSales offers a nurturing community dedicated to advancing the highest academic standards and an exceptional faith-based education, rooted in the values of love, compassion, mercy, sacrifice and justice as taught by St. Francis de Sales." - DeSales Catholic School

Catholic Religious Retirement Fund

"The annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious is taken up each December in most U.S. Catholic parishes and helps hundreds of religious communities provide for the current and future needs of senior members. The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) coordinates the nationwide collection and distributes the proceeds to eligible religious communities. Tens of thousands of elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests benefit." - Catholic Religious Retirement Fund

Sisters of St. Mary Namur

"Both our early history and our present story share the same quality: to be at the service of those in need, especially the poor of our day. From the origins of our congregation in Belgium, a missionary call sounded in the hearts of the members. This led Mother Claire to send the early sisters from Belgium to forge new beginnings in immigrant communities of America in 1863. Our first ministries brought us to Lockport, NY, north of Buffalo where teaching became our primary work. Five sisters arrived from Belgium to establish Catholic schools within the flourishing immigrant community of Lockport." - Sisters of St. Mary Namur

Christ the King Seminary

"Christ the King is a dynamic, vibrant, Christian community made up of diverse and talented individuals who, in their own way, contribute to the mission of the seminary and are committed to the Church of Jesus Christ. Striving to model Church as clergy, religious, and laity working collaboratively, we are dedicated to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. " - Christ the King Seminary

St. Patrick's Cemetery

"Because we believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting and in order to provide an environment that encourages visitation, enhances prayer, and, keeps the faithful ever mindful of their enduring bond with those who have gone before them; we shall endeavor to use best practices for the planning and implementation of policies and procedures that will ensure that St. Patrick’s Cemetery will be self-sufficient and that its finances will in perpetuity be sufficient to provide for these needs." - St. Patrick's Cemetery

Newfane Food Pantry

Serves Newfane School District. Bring ID for all members of household, proof of residency and proof of income.

Pantry hours: Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm to schedule an appointment

St. John's Outreach

Providing food, clothing, personal care, infant care, and household necessities to families throughout Eastern Niagara county.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive started in 2010, when Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, realized that there was a shortage of peanut butter and jelly, typical favorites for kids, at local shelters and pantries.

YWCA After School Program

"The YWCA of WNY, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Organized in 1870 to seek out and provide for the wants of the poor of the city and to furnish a boarding home for young girls and women, mission emphasis shifted over time to benefit all women and their families." - YWCA of WNY, Inc.

St. Vincent de Paul Summer Camp

"Located on Lake Erie in Angola, New York, the St. Vincent de Paul summer camp gives all youngsters, ages 8 - 13, the opportunity to interact with other children in a pleasant stress-free environment." - St. Vincent DePaul Summer Camp

Challenger Sports League

"Challenger Sports League Inc. is a safe happy place for individuals of all ages and with disabilities to experience the joy of athletic participation at a level appropriate for each athlete. Participation is the key; sportsmanship, sense of team and the joy of competition, where everyone wins, is our mission." - Challenger Sports League

Literacy NY

"Literacy New York (LNY) works to create and strengthen literate communities throughout all of New York State, and has done so for over the past 40 years." - Literacy NY