High Priest Message
A new year brings a new High Priest. I am honored and humbled to be elected High Priest of Oxford Chapter. Thank you E:. Dan Kwasnik for exemplifying what a true Excellent High Priest is for the past two years.
I plan on drawing on the long tradition of excellence in Oxford. We have a good mixture of both senior and junior men in the craft. I will impart as much light as I can and will be calling on the senior men to assist me in this endeavor. I will also call on the junior men to step up and relieve some of the burden of the senior men by assisting them in degree work. If we all work together we will continue to keep Oxford the shining example of
Royal Arch Masonry in the state of New York.
Lately, I've watched television programs on the ark of the covenant and King Solomon's temple. I ask you all to think of these pieces of history, how they are used, both in the Bible and in Freemasonry to convey deeper meanings. I plan on talking about these things throughout the year and hope we can all receive a little more light.
Thank you again. I wish you all very happy holidays and an exciting new year.
With fervency and zeal,
John P Murray
High Priest 2019
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Educational Minute: Ark
There are three arks prominently mentioned in the Capitular degrees.
First, the Ark of Safety or Refuge, made by Shem, Ham and Japheth at the command of Noah to protect their families from the deluge. Second, there was the Ark of the Covenant made by Aholiab and Bezaleel at the command of Moses, and finally, the Ark of Zerubbabel, or Substitute Ark, which was discov ered through the efforts of Jeshua, Zerubbabel and Haggai.
Contributed by Richard Eades, from Ray V. Denslow’s Royal Arch Encyclopedia
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 18, 2019
with Wives and Guests
Oxford Chapter #254
27 Main St., Oxford, NY 13778
6:30 pm Dinner
Compliments of Oxford #254
Reservations by March 11, 2019
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr.
hemstroj at stny.rr.com
|E∴ John P. Murray||High Priest|| 387 Clock Hill Road, Burlington Flats, NY 13315 |
914-419-6088 Loganj54 at yahoo.com
|E∴ Raymond L. Sullivan||King|| 26 No. Chenango St., Apt. 1, Greene, NY 13778 |
|E∴ James E. Dann||Scribe|| 13 Chenango Ave., Sherburne, NY 13460 |
|M∴ E∴ James W. Hemstrought Jr.||Secretary|| PO Box 257, Oxford, NY 13830-0257 |
607-843-6305 hemstroj at stny.rr.com
|R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price||Treasurer|| PO Box 138, Oxford, NY 13830-0138 |
|E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik||Captain of the Host|
|Comp. Richard P. Freeman||Principal Sojourner|
|E∴ James A. Meek||Royal Arch Captain|
|Comp. Issac S. Spencer||Master of of the Third Veil|
|R∴E∴ Robert N. Rogers||Master the Second Veil|
|Comp. Arthur N. Carlson||Master of the First Veil|
|R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer||Chaplain|
|R∴E∴ Francis K. Wilcox||Musician|
|E∴ Homer A. Burch||Trustee 3 years|
|E∴ Richard D. Howard||Trustee 2 years|
|R∴E∴ Richard J. Burroughs||Trustee 1 year|
M∴E∴ Edmund D. Harrison, Grand High Priest 2002
M∴E∴ Walter J. Hilsenbeck, Grand High Priest 2005
M∴E∴ Michael T. Dunn, Grand High Priest 2012
R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price Receives Award
R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price has received a well deserved honor in the Scottish Rite. He received the Meritorious Service Award at the 146th Annual Convocation of the New York State Council of Deliberations on July 7, 2015.
FROM THE SECRETARY
Are You Concerned?
The Companions of Oxford Chapter #254 should be very proud of the fact that they can confer all the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry and have
repeatedly done so for other Chapters throughout the district and State. There is, however, a reason to be concerned. Only one companion has joined Oxford Chapter #254 since June 2013. We did have two companions affiliate with us, one in 2013 and one in 2014.
Over the years, our active companions have come from Oxford Lodge #175. Unfortunately, the occupations of the newer brothers have prevented them from being active or joining Royal Arch Masonry. Members of Oxford Lodge know the situation and I am confident things will change, hopefully sooner rather than later. We are fortunate to have membership from Sherburne, New Berlin, Edmeston, Hamilton, Eaton and Greene.
This prompts me to call on those Oxford Chapter companions, who have membership in other Lodges, to promote and encourage their brothers to join Royal Arch Masonry here in Oxford. We have a lot to offer them at the present time, but things can change rapidly if we don't begin to bring in new members. We also need to take on ritual duties currently being done by our older companions. Please ask yourself, when was
the last time I brought in a member to Oxford Chapter or learned a new part for a degree?
Obviously candidates are out there or we wouldn't be conferring all these degrees for other Chapters. We all have a stake in this matter, both in Lodge and Chapter. If you need a petition I have them or you can download one from the Grand Chapter website (www.ny-royal-arch.org).
Oxford Royal Arch Chapter No. 254 held their Annual Awards Night on November 5, 2018 at Oxford, NY
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The evening began with fellowship and a ziti and chicken parmesan dinner. We moved to the chapter room for the awards ceremony. There were present 19 Chapter Companions, 10 ladies, M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant, Grand High Priest, R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District, and V∴ E∴ Wilbur L. Corrington, AGL.
Photos by R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District
Congratulations to the following 2018 scholarship winners from the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of New York:
|Madigan Farrell||Western Broome #332|
|Kathryn Farrell||Western Broome #332|
|Sydney Murray||Oxford #254|
|Antonia Vrana||Oxford #254|
|Julia Amell||Oxford #254|
|Alexander Brannan||Oneonta #277|
|Hannah Morley||Oneonta #277|
|Amelie Legg||Oneonta #277|
|Alexander Legg||Oneonta #277|
|Hope VanBuren||Oneonta #277|