ST. FRANCISVILLE — Feliciana Lodge No. 31 of Free and Accepted Masons installed its officers for 2018. The lodge is coming off the celebratory year of its 200th anniversary.

The lodge will be under the direction of newly Installed Worshipful Master Stan Branton, Senior Warden Drew Murrell and Junior Warden Brendan Rush.

In his first days on the job, Branton announced the lodge would install a prayer box outside the lodge where prayer requests can be left, inviting anyone in the community who would like to have Masons pray for a loved one to drop off a request.

“We as Masons want to be able to help our community in anyway. One way we do so is through the act of the 'A Mason’s Prayer,' which we conduct at each meeting for those in need,” Branton said. “This is something that goes hand in hand with our commitment to our community, similar to our dyslexia program and the spirit of charity and brotherly love.”

The lodge has an active dyslexia fund, a program that helps local children and families to overcome the challenges of dyslexia. On Dec. 18, the lodge celebrated its most recent graduating class.

“There is nothing like seeing the pride on these kids’ faces as they overcome the challenges of dyslexia,” Branton said. “You know each of these kids will go on to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others going forward.”

One of the oldest lodges in the state, Feliciana No. 31 is known for its annual celebration of the Day the War Stopped in June each year. This event re-enacts the day in June when Union soldiers came ashore under a flag of truce to bury a fallen officer with Masonic honors. The Confederate Masons halted the war to honor a fallen Masonic brother. 

The lodge meets the first and third Monday of each month. Men who are interested in knowing more can stop by lodge, 4794 Prosperity St., on these Monday nights. The lodge is also on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Feliciana31FAM/.