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The ME Grand Superintendent has recently appointed EComp Brendan Harte as the Provincial Grand Mentor. This is a new position within our structure and has very different duties, responsibilities, ideas and functions from those in the Craft.
The aim of the Provincial Royal Arch Mentor is to pursue Mentoring programmes, initiatives and activities to support Chapters in the development and growth of Freemasonry in the Province of East Lancashire, in particular: –
The Provincial Mentor together with the Royal Arch District Officer and the Craft Lodge Royal Arch Representative will combine to become a formidable team to aid recruitment, retention and Retrieval in the Royal Arch
One of the most important people in the recruitment of members of Lodges into the Royal Arch is the Royal Arch Representative in a Craft Lodge, who is ideally placed to introduce, at the right time, a member of his Lodge to that which the Chapter has to offer and is, of course, himself a seasoned and experienced Companion.
It is appreciated that this Officer is entitled to, and deserves support in his very responsible role. This will be provided by the Royal Arch District Officer of the (RADO), who will maintain a constant and supporting role to the Chapters within his District in co-ordination with the other District Officers, especially the District Chairman, and through him the Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM) for the Area, from whom he can expect the maximum amount of support and assistance.
The Provincial Grand Mentor for the Royal Arch, this is a new position within the structure and has very different duties, responsibilities, ideas and functions from those in the Craft, although there is a strong connection and liaison between the two Officers, who are working to a mutual ideal. It is anticipated that these three Companions, the Lodge Representative, the RADO and the Provincial Mentor will combine to become a formidable team to aid recruitment into the Royal Arch.
Our attention now turns to having recruited the Companions, how do we ensure that they are happy, satisfied, fulfilled and remain with the Order for the long term. To this end it is now suggested that every Chapter, who has not already done so, appoint a Chapter Mentor. The role of the Chapter Mentor is very different from that in the Lodge. He is dealing with accomplished Masons, in expected and familiar company, who are used to the affairs of what has now become their Chapter, often with many friends from the `feeder’ Lodges and there is a `one to all’ atmosphere rather than a `one to one’ relationship.
I joined Prince Edwin’s Chapter as I was keen to learn about the Royal Arch. I have found the history and tradition of the order absolutely captivating, my exaltation was incredible, so much colour, drama and historical ritual, which has left me feeling utterly privileged to be a part of something very special.
At the age of 28 and just over a month of becoming a master mason, I was exalted into the Royal Arch. That is something I haven’t regretted. Having gone through my craft ceremonies, I felt a piece of the jigsaw was missing, and wanted to complete my final step to becoming a “complete Freemason”.
Chapter has brought with it new experiences, new insights and new Companions, all of which add to our pleasure and enjoyment of Freemasonry.
I planned to pass through the chair before joining Chapter but newly exalted companions from my lodge recommended that I join because it would complete my masonic journey. After 4 years in craft I decided to join chapter and have enjoyed the experience ever since.
Andrew Matvi Korolczuk
As I spent more time in my lodge I was keen to further my Masonic journey. Everyone suggested the Royal Arch to complete the Third Degree. The new appearance of a chapter was a surprise. The story was enlightening and put a new perspective on my Masonic understanding.
Christopher Noel Hegarty
I became a member of the Chapter following in the steps of my brother Warren who died at 39. I really enjoy the diversity between the Craft and Royal Arch the banners, candles, and robes etc,. I would recommend all Brethren to join the Royal Arch.
I decided to expand my Masonic knowledge. By joining a chapter where a number of my lodge brethren were members. My Exaltation was a wonderful experience for me being full of colour. I would recommend the Royal Arch to any Master Mason.