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Masonic Lodge in Norwood celebrating 150 years

Posted by Sarah Favot  February 17, 2011 10:00 AM

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A masonic lodge in Norwood will be commemorating its 150-year anniversary with a rededication ceremony this Saturday that will be attended by officers from the Grand Lodge in Boston.

The Orient Lodge was established in February 1861 in what was at the time South Dedham. It later became the town of Norwood.

Members of the lodge describe themselves as a fraternity of men who share a belief in a god and have a sound moral and ethical character.

The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, established in 1733 in Boston, is the third-oldest lodge in the world, after ones in England and Ireland. It is the governing body of all lodges in the state.

There are three lodges in Norwood: Lafayette-Dover Lodge, Orient Lodge, and Union Lodge.

The rededication will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday. George J. Bibilos, the deputy grand master, and other officials from the Grand Lodge will attend the rededication.

David C. Tricco, the master of Orient Lodge, will be among the speakers at the ceremony.

The lodge is inviting town officials and committee members to attend the ceremony, as well as lodge members and their guests.

The lodge has been an active participant in the Norwood community. In 2000, it established Masonic Angel Funds, which are used to help children who are identified as in need by local schools; so far it has given out over $20,000.

The Orient Lodge says it gives awards and scholarship money to outstanding youth in Norwood. It has honored Norwood teachers with a teacher of the year award, giving money to the teacher and to his or her school.

Other events that the lodge will be putting on to commemorate its 150th anniversary are a Masonic church service at the Congregational Church in Norwood on May 1 and a dinner cruise in Boston for members that will take place June 4.

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.

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