(Photo by Bro. Steven Young, 32° )
On Saturday, February 20, Bremond Lodge No. 241, Newport News, Va., hosted a cookout for the brethren of Bremond and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Christopher Newport University. This was a fantastic event, full of fellowship and new friends. Over 25 members of Bremond and over 40 members of “Sig Ep” were in attendance.
Over the past four years, Bremond Lodge has enjoyed a special relationship with Sigma Phi Epsilon, a men’s fraternity at Christopher Newport University. Each year we’ve opened our lodge doors and allowed Sig Ep to use our facilities for their initiation ceremony. This relationship has been beneficial for both organizations. Allowing the use of our building has sparked interest in Freemasonry and has led many Sig Ep brothers to petition our lodge. In fact, since this relationship began in 2006, over 25% of all Master Masons raised in Bremond Lodge have also been members of Sig Ep at CNU. Five of these brethren have gone on to serve as lodge officers.
This relationship is possible for any lodge in the country. College fraternity men make excellent candidates for Freemasonry because they believe in pledging themselves to and by living up to high moral values. They are accustomed to participating in meetings and events, placing an importance on ritual, meeting financial obligations, and having a commitment to community service.
The thing to remember is that success breeds success. When one man has a great experience with Masonry, he wants his friends to join him and share that experience with him. For more information about working with college fraternities, contact Patrick@bremond241.org.
—Submitted by Patrick C. Murphrey, 32°, WM Bremond Lodge No. 241 and charter member of the Virginia Pi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at CNU