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Sunday, January 20th, 2019
On Friday 18thJanuary 2019 history was made at Unitas Fratum Chapter No.7958. E.Comp George Martin Cattanach, Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah, celebrated 70 years in Holy Royal Arch Masonry. This certainly was a very unique and special day as this was the 1stHoly Royal Arch 70th Celebration in this Province and what a great occasion it was.
The Chapter opened at 11.30am to perform Chapter business before the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL, accompanied by a Provincial Deputation were received into the Chapter, which was full to capacity for this special occasion with many distinguished guests in attendance.
The First Principal, David Bannister, offered Sir David the sceptre, which he duly accepted. The Second and Third Principals were exchanged with the 2ndProvincial Grand Principal, Harvey Basger, and the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals for Manchester and Salford, David Basger who acted as 3rdProv G Principal.
Sir David introduced the Provincial Deputation, before delivering a most excellent tribute to George, on what is a very unique and distinguished career as a Royal Arch Mason.
Colin Smith gave a very personal and in depth tribute to George outlining his many achievements outside the Chapter as well as inside. Sir David commented afterwards “that it was a very impressive tribute to a most impressive person”
Andrew Holland, the Assistant Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra then read out the 70thCelebration Certificate, which Sir David then presented to the recipient.
EComp George Cattanach was then paraded around the Chapter by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, David Bristol, and received a standing ovation from everyone present.
The Social Board was a very happy and joyous occasion, and all the guests in attendance were treated to a most excellent meal.
Kirk Mulhearn, APGP for the Western Area, proposed the toast to the Three Principals, and David Bannister responded.
Sir David responded to the toasts proposed, and added a personal tribute to George Cattanach.
Brian Carter proposed the toast to the health of George in a very warm personal manner. The response was very well received by all present who stood in admiration at this magnificent achievement. History was made this day.
Report & Photos from Craig Hindle
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.