High Priest Message
Thank you for your trust in selecting me to be High Priest of this wonderful Chapter. I have received many appointments throughout my Masonic career, but none more prestigious than being handed the reins of Oxford Chapter No. 254 of Royal Arch Masons, again I am truly honored!
I hope you will enjoy the Trestleboard I have put together. My goal was to present a little something for everyone. Should we get some
petitions, and I hope we will....Degree work would negate the program of the evening.
I have so much to learn, and will be looking to many of you for advice and support. I wish all of you the best in the coming year.....Lets get started!
E. Richard P. Freeman
Opening at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.|
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Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 21, 2022
with “Wives” and “Guests”
6:30 pm Dinner
Compliments of Oxford #254
Reservations by March 8, 2022
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr.
or: hemstroj at stny.rr.com
ORDER OF MASONIC DEGREES IN THE YORK RITE
The following is the order in which the York Rite Degrees and Orders would be portrayed if presented in their chronological order:
1. The portion of the Royal Arch antedating
2. the building of the Temple (Chapter)
3. The Entered Apprentice (lodge)
4. The Fellow Craft (Lodge)
5. The Mark Master Mason (Chapter)
6. The Royal Master, 1st Section (Council)
7. The Select Master (Council)
8. The Master Mason (Lodge)
9. The Royal Master, 2nd Section (Council)
10. The Past Master (Chapter)
11. The Most Excellent Master (Chapter)
12. The Super Excellent Master (Council)
13. and one section of the Royal Arch (Chapter)
14. The Concluding Section of
15. The Royal Arch (Chapter)
16. The Red Cross (Commandery)
17. Order of Malta (Commandery)
18. Order of the Temple (Commandery)
From this arrangement it can be readily seen that any Mason who does not take all the degrees and orders in the York Rite cannot possibly have a thorough knowledge of even the Symbolic Lodge, let alone the Chapter, Council and Commandery.
|High Priest||E∴ Richard P. Freeman|| 1574 Vrolyk Rd., Eaton, NY 13334-3230 |
freeman1574 at frontier.com
|King||E∴ Raymond L. Sullivan|| 26 No. Chenango St., Apt. 1, Greene, NY 13778 |
|Scribe||E∴ James E. Dann|| 13 Chenango Ave., Sherburne, NY 13460 |
|Treasurer||R∴E∴ Robert N. Rogers|| 7 Alice St., Oxford, NY 13830 |
|Secretary||M∴ E∴ James W. Hemstrought Jr.|| PO Box 257, Oxford, NY 13830-0257 |
607-843-6305 hemstroj at stny.rr.com
|Captain of the Host||E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik|
|Principal Sojourner||R∴E∴ Earl G. Wilkinson|
|Royal Arch Captain||Comp. Issac S. Spencer|
|Master of of the Third Veil||R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer|
|Master the Second Veil||V∴E∴ John P. Murray|
|Master of the First Veil||Comp. George Estey|
|Chaplain||E∴ James A. Meek|
|Musician||R∴E∴ Francis K. Wilcox|
|Trustee 1 year||E∴ James A. Meek|
|Trustee 2 years||V∴E∴ John P. Murray|
|Trustee 3 years||E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik|
|M∴E∴ Edmund D. Harrison||Grand High Priest 2002|
|M∴E∴ Walter J. Hilsenbeck||Grand High Priest 2005|
|M∴E∴ Michael T. Dunn||Grand High Priest 2012|
|M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer||Grand High Priest 2021|
FROM THE SECRETARY
Are You Concerned?
The Companions of Oxford Chapter #254 should be very proud of the fact that they can confer all the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry and have
repeatedly done so for other Chapters throughout the district and State. There is, however, a reason to be concerned. Only one companion has joined Oxford Chapter #254 since June 2013. We did have two companions affiliate with us, one in 2013 and one in 2014.
Over the years, our active companions have come from Oxford Lodge #175. Unfortunately, the occupations of the newer brothers have prevented them from being active or joining Royal Arch Masonry. Members of Oxford Lodge know the situation and I am confident things will change, hopefully sooner rather than later. We are fortunate to have membership from Sherburne, New Berlin, Edmeston, Hamilton, Eaton and Greene.
This prompts me to call on those Oxford Chapter companions, who have membership in other Lodges, to promote and encourage their brothers to join Royal Arch Masonry here in Oxford. We have a lot to offer them at the present time, but things can change rapidly if we don't begin to bring in new members. We also need to take on ritual duties currently being done by our older companions. Please ask yourself, when was
the last time I brought in a member to Oxford Chapter or learned a new part for a degree?
Obviously candidates are out there or we wouldn't be conferring all these degrees for other Chapters. We all have a stake in this matter, both in Lodge and Chapter. If you need a petition I have them or you can download one from the Grand Chapter website (www.ny-royal-arch.org).