Lodges Named St. Albans Gather in Philadelphia

albanThe weekend of October 8, 9, and 10, 2004, marked a singular occasion for the members of St. Alban Lodge No. 529, when they hosted the 51st annual Gathering of the International Lodges Named St. Albans. One hundred and fifty-nine brethren and their guests from Masonic Lodges either named for, or associated with St. Alban from nations around the world converged on Philadelphia, for a weekend of fellowship and brotherhood. Brethren from as far away as Great Britain and Northern Canada attended . Special guests included Worshipful Bro. Ronald Bélanger, Deputy Grand Master of Maryland, and his wife Karen and Bro. Gary Davis, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District "C", and his wife Cheryl.

The 51st Gathering began with a cocktail party on Friday evening at the Philadelphia Marriott Courtyard Hotel where the attendees were registered by Brothers Benjamin Franklin and George Washington assisted by members of the Pennsylvania DeMolay. Later in the evening Bro. George Washington addressed the guests and charged them with developing and educating our young people.

Saturday morning, after breakfast in the Temple, Bro. Daniel Hinds, Superintendent of the Masonic Temple and his staff conducted tours of the Masonic Temple for the attendees. Following lunch in the Grand Banquet Room, the brethren gathered in the Ben Franklin Room where they assembled for a grand procession up the stairs and into Renaissance Hall - led by the Philadelphia Police and Fire, Pipes and Drums brigade, for a Special Meeting while the women were treated to trolley rides and shopping opportunities around historic Philadelphia.

At the special meeting, Bro. Edward L. Cole, Jr., W.M., St. Alban Lodge No. 529 conferred the Master Mason Degree on Bro. Stephen Dunn assisted by Past Masters from the lodge who filled all of the chairs. The candidate is the son-in-law of Bro. David Klauder, Sr., P.M. and Pursuivant who also participated in the Raising.

On Saturday evening the attendees were treated to dinner and dancing until the wee hours with a 17 piece orchestra providing the music and a special visit by members of the Kensington String Band Mummers Group led by Past Grand Master Bro. Edward O. Weisser.

After Brunch on Sunday morning the attendees headed home happily anticipating the 52nd Annual Gathering in Marshall, MI in October 2005.

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