Worshipful Edward C. McGrath, Jr.

A Message from the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43

I hope this message continues to find you and family safe and well. Some good news, Covid restrictions continue to ease and all restrictions have now been lifted at the Masonic Center. Masks are no longer required however you may continue to wear one if that is your preference.

Our meeting in May was our first meeting this year with dinner. It was great to see the everyone enjoying the Fellowship and camaraderie. We also had 5 new members (Enter Apprentices) in attendance for their 1st meeting. We will continue to encourage
our newest members to join us at our meetings and open them in Entered Apprentice.

We will be serving dinner again in June. On the menu this month will be a Lodge favorite Chicken Pot Pie. Meal price will remain at $13. It’s also Strawberry Season!! Make sure you join us for strawberries after the meeting. You will have to advise Secretary Steve Henry that you will be attending dinner and the meeting or the meeting only. This will enable us to have a more accurate count for the meal.

Conferrals will continue in June. We are making headway on the pipeline and expect this to continue into the summer. There is a District One-Day Class scheduled for June 6th for Entered Apprentice conferral and a one-day class on July 10th for Fellowcraft
conferral. These dates will enable us to “catch up” and advance the brothers who have completed their educational requirements. Once this is accomplished, we’ll start to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Our guest speaker this month will be Brother Seth Anthony, PM. His extensive Masonic and Leadership background include 8 years working as an employee for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania working with Masonic Charities. He is a Past Master of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 in Elizabethtown. He is a past presiding officer of all three York Rite Bodies and a presiding officer in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He is currently Secretary in the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research as well as Secretary to
the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s Committee on the Academy of Masonic Knowledge. A true student of our craft, I know you will find his topic: The Railroad, Pandemics, and the Internet: A Masonic Ouroboros insightful and perceptive.

You know what they say…… “all work and no play make” ……. Masons tired and cranky. Let’s have some fun and take advantage of the summer weather. We are planning a summer social event for August. Details will be finalized and announced shortly. I look forward to seeing you at our Stated Meeting.

Stay safe and well.


Edward C. McGrath, Jr.
Worshipful Master
Lodge No. 43 F. &A.M.

Lancaster, PA

P1070932The statue of the Masonic Worshipful Master was carved in 1996 during Nat Gilchrist P.M. year as Worshipful Master. The intent was to have it passed each year to the incoming Master to enjoy in his home for the his year, then pass it on. Years of travel hasn’t taken its toll on him too badly, although his gavel has since broken off.