|Volume LIV||May 2007||Number 2|
Son Raises Father... with a Little Help from his Friends
Bro. Bryan P. Irish, Junior Warden of Thomson Lodge No. 340 and a fourth year graduate student at Drexel University College of Medicine, was Raised on Jan. 18, 2006. He credits a combination of excellent mentorship from senior members of his lodge, in particular Bro. John Law, P.M., and his own strong desire to learn the ritualistic work with enabling him to learn all three degrees, including charges, within his first year of membership.
When his father, Norbert C. Irish, petitioned Perseverance Lodge No. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa., Bro. Bryan was privileged to sign his petition and confer both the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees, with the assistance of Bro. Law, Bro. Jeffery P. Lees, R.W. Past Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of New York, and members of other lodges including Bro. Winton Hewitt, P.M., Cassia-Mount Horeb Lodge No. 273.
Bro. Norbert's Raising took place at Perseverance Lodge No. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 13, 2007. Bro. Bryan, members of Thomson Lodge No. 340, a member of Cassia-Mount Horeb Lodge No. 273, as well as some members of Bro. Bryan's church traveled to Perseverance Lodge No. 21 to perform the 3rd degree.
"It is truly a unique opportunity for a son to Enter, Pass, and Raise his father, and the leadership of Peseverance Lodge No. 21 have gone well above and beyond the call of duty in assisting us in our efforts," Bro. Bryan said. He also praises the leadership of the 5th Masonic District: Bro. Harry E. Hackman, P.D.D.G.M., Bro. Gary L. Dukeman, D.D.G.M., and the district school of instruction, under the direction of Bro. Fred Pettit, P.M., principal, and Bro. David Tatum, P.M., assistant principal.
Members of the team which conferred the third degree were, left-right: Brothers John B. Law, Jr., P.M., as the Guide, Jorge E. Bruniard, S.W., as Senior Warden, Ray Riale, W.M., as Pursuivant, Bryan P. Irish, J.W., as Conferring Degree Master, and Richard E. Ciccotelli, P.M., as Junior Master of Ceremonies, all of Thomson Lodge No. 340; Bro. Norbert C. Irish, of Perseverance Lodge No. 21; Bro. Winton Hewitt, P.M., of Cassia-Mount Horeb Lodge No. 273, as Junior Warden; Bro. Gary L. Dukeman, District Deputy Grand Master of the 5th Masonic District; Right Worshipful Jeffery P. Lees, P.M., Past Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of New York, as Organist; and Bro. J. Allen Cox, S.D., of Thomson Lodge No. 340, as Senior Deacon.
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