Endeavour welcomes an international guest

Charlie Sweeney (right) welcomes Daniel Howe into Freemasonry.

Charlie Sweeney (right) welcomes Daniel Howe into Freemasonry.

The members of Lodge of Endeavour No 7036 had the pleasure of inviting Jude Medena, a student at Connecticut State University, to enjoy the company and companionship of the lodge. Jude is studying criminology and is currently on a course secondment in Lancashire. He is new to Freemasonry and whilst in the UK, he was keen to expand his understanding and experience of an English lodge.

Being in Preston, Jude called at the Masonic hall and during his visit, was invited to attend a meeting by the lodge IPM, Alan Howarth. It was fortuitous that the next meeting was an initiation ceremony.

Prior to the commencement of the evening, Jude was warmly welcomed into the lodge to witness Daniel Howe taking his first steps in Freemasonry and seeing the sincere way the members carried out their various roles.

The meeting was opened by the WM Charlie Sweeney and the regular administrative business of the lodge conducted. It was the first ceremony for Charlie and his team, who had practised to ensure that the evening went well. After the regular administrative business had been attended to Charlie started the main business of the night, to initiate Daniel Howe.

Daniel was admitted into the lodge and initiated into Freemasonry in a sincere ceremony performed by Charlie and his team. During the ceremony Daniel was led around by the junior deacon David Grimes, who ensured that Daniel was supported and helped as he progressed around the lodge room. Michael Walkden and Don Stephenson gave the address to Daniel on the floor of the lodge calling his attention to the core values of a Mason – benevolence and charity. The working tools were presented by Malcolm Jukes.

The delivery of the ancient charge was shared by Frank Moss, Phil Daniels, Ron Docherty and Michael Walkden. The ceremony concluded with Daniel being congratulated on taking his first step in Freemasonry by the master and then being introduced to the lodge mentor Alan Howarth. Alan gave a short explanation of the support and mentoring process operated within the lodge and wished Daniel well for a long and enjoyable time as a member.

On behalf of the group chairman, Mike Walkden presented Daniel with a welcome pack containing a diary of forthcoming meetings, information about the Preston Group and information about the hall management team.

The officers of United Grand Lodge and the officers of Provincial Grand Lodge present, then added their congratulations to the WM, his team and Daniel on the sincere way the evening’s ceremony had been conducted. They all wished Daniel a long and happy time in Freemasonry.

The evening continued at the post meeting meal when Jude enjoyed the friendly, relaxed and light hearted company of the lodge brethren and its other visitors. Jude said he enjoyed the evening and had every intention of returning should time from his studies allow.

In anticipation, the lodge has also arranged other visits for Jude and wished him well, both in his studies and in his personal Masonic journey.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Howarth, Jude Medena and Charlie Sweeney.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Howarth, Jude Medena and Charlie Sweeney.