Masters Message January 2015

My Brothers,

I hope your New Year is off to a good start. May it be healthy, prosperous and safe. The Grand Master will be visiting St. Johns Lodge this month for a Special Visitation. Lodge will open at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM and the Grand Master’s Suite will enter at 7:30 PM. The guest speaker will be Steven C. Bullock, Professor of Humanities & Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, author of Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840 and The American Revolution: A History in Documents.

A special thanks to all the Brethren who helped with the packing and delivering of Christmas baskets last month. Sixty-nine families were very grateful for our generosity. I’d also like to thank the Gaspee Chapter of DeMolay as well as the Warwick Assembly No.15 of Rainbow Girls for joining us. It was a great opportunity to not only help others, but get together in fellowship and have a great breakfast. Many Brothers spent months planning this event and my thanks to all of them.

My congratulations to Worshipful Luis A. Torres, Jr. of Euclid Lodge, our sister lodge, on his elevation to the East. Worshipful Brother Torres and I have been in communication since the Fall regarding our visit to New Jersey. He has been working hard making plans to ensure an enjoyable visit.

Some upcoming dates in January and February: Monday, January 12th is the District Deputy’s visitation to Redwood Lodge (Metro District). The Suite will go in at 7:15PM. On Saturday, January 17th, is the Grand Master’s visitation to Day light Lodge (Central District). The District’s Suite will enter at 10:15 AM. The Grand Master’ suite will be received at 10:30AM. On Tuesday, February 10th, will be the District Deputy's visitation to Overseas Lodge (Metro District). The Suite enters at 7:15 PM.

Until we meet again, I leave you with this passage:
Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry but it really defeats definition. It is too complex, too profound in conception, to easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all is the phrase "the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God."Our Masonic forefathers had an understanding of human needs and human aspirations. They may never have dreamed of the mindless computer, which governs our lives, or the fission of matter, which threatens our lives, but they understood human nature and what motivates the spirit of man. Thus from a simple process of using stone and mortar for building they progressed to the most important of life's functions, the building of character. -- Louis L. Williams

Yours in the Craft,
Robert O’Brien
Worshipful Master