Under the authority of Supreme Grand Chapter and with dispensation from the Grand Superintendent, Most Excellent Companion Ian Craigs, Alnwick RAC held a special convocation.
The reason for this auspicious event was to raise three Polish Master Masons who had travelled from Poland to be exalted and become Companions of Alnwick Royal Arch Chapter 1167. Their proposer Companion Tomasz Frontczak of Alnwick Chapter and member of Coquetdale Lodge, no. 5122.
The ceremony got in full swing when Third Grand Principal Excellent Companion David Henry Moffett was announced by Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Excellent Companion Frederick Dye. As our Polish brothers waited outside, a ballot was cast for all three, which following intense scrutiny by the three Principles, was favourable (just as well given the distance travelled by all).
A fabulous ceremony was performed by all involved with a brilliant and emotional delivery of the ritual. As is traditional at an exaltation ceremony one of the three lectures was delivered; on this occasion it was the Symbolical Lecture. However, given the native tongue of the new Companions, the first paragraph of the Lecture was delivered firstly in Polish by Ex. Comp. Colin Dodds, ProvAGSoj to great delight and amazement by all.
At the festive board which was prepared by three Chapter wives (Lynne, Linda and Jenny), each of the newly exalted Companions delivered a brilliant speech, first up was Companion Mariusz Borkowski who explained the colourful history of Polish Freemasonry and that he was a founding member of Lodge Pi no. 12 in Warsaw.
Companions (left to right); Jaroslaw Krolak, Mariusz Borkowski, Michal Gawronski with proposer Tomasz Frontczak
Following Mariusz, was Companion Michal Gawronski a past master of Lodge Pi and the Deputy Grand Secretary of National Grand Lodge of Poland. Michal explained how the National Grand Lodge of Poland are reaching out to Freemasons across Europe to build friendships and strong bonds.
Companion Jaroslaw Krolak closed with a splendid heartfelt speech as to what it meant to them all to be welcomed into Alnwick Royal Arch Chapter and how today was the beginning of something very special indeed.
The story, however does not end here. A further four Polish Master Masons are also to be exalted and the intention is to form a Grand Chapter in Poland! We will be continuing to follow our newly made Companions and keep everyone abreast of these very exciting times for our Province and Royal Arch Chapter.