Tonight I had the privilege of participating in a very unique Masonic ceremony...the birth of a new lodge. Formally it is called an institution ceremony, but essentially it is the creation of a new lodge with brothers working for the advancement of the ideals of Freemasonry.
Credit for this goes to my good friends and brothers: Kurt Hoffman, Tim Bonney, and Jay Cole Simser. This lodge will be a "lodge of restoration". I think of that term as a restoration of our Masonic souls. We will be here to celebrate and practice the philosophies of our gentle craft. We will learn together and from each other. We are not going to be "hung up" on the usual Masonic fare, but instead we will share festive boards together and learn through presentations and papers.
We will practice the ceremony of the chain of union prior to the close of our meetings and our initiates will contemplate in the chamber of reflection before entering upon the solemn and life changing degrees of Freemasonry.
I have had the pleasure of being asked to serve as Senior Deacon of this new lodge and am looking forward to the times that I will share with my brothers of Specialis Procer. We have many great and outstanding members already. Our future is bright and we strive to feed the hearts and souls of our brothers.
Here is to Specialis Procer!