Bradford White of Shrewsbury Installed as District Masonic Officer
BOSTON, MA – H. Bradford White of Shrewsbury, MA was installed a District Deputy Grand Master (or District Deputy) of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, and will preside over seven lodges in the Twenty-Third Masonic District for the year.
The 232 lodges and 35,000 Freemasons in the Commonwealth are divided into 32 Districts, and each are led by a District Deputy Grand Master.
The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts is the oldest Grand Lodge in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world. It was chartered in 1733, following the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717, and Ireland in 1725.
In 2013 the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts will celebrate its 280th Anniversary. A Grand Lodge is the governing body that ensures the activities of the lodges and members comply with its Constitutions and Regulations; it also maintains the uniformity of the centuries-old initiation ceremony candidates experience when they become members.
As a District Deputy Grand Master, White serves as the Grand Master’s personal representative to the lodges in the District. Richard J. Stewart of Shrewsbury, MA was installed for the third and final of his three one-year terms as the 87th Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and the head of the fraternity.