BOSTON – Alfredo J. R. Canhoto of Framingham was installed a District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts at the fraternity’s Boston headquarters and will preside over six lodges in the Fifteenth North Masonic District for the year.
The 28,000 Freemasons and 225 lodges in the Commonwealth are organized into 32 Districts, each lead by a District Deputy Grand Master.
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. 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 2008 the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts marked its 275th Anniversary.
As a District Deputy Grand Master, Canhoto is appointed by the Grand Master to serve as his personal representative to the lodges in the District. The Grand Master is the presiding officer in the state. Paul F. Gleason was installed as Grand Master for the first of three one-year terms as the 89th Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts during the same ceremony.
The Fifteenth North Masonic District is comprised of the following lodges: Middlesex Lodge, Framingham; Meridian Lodge, Natick; Charles A. Welch Lodge, Maynard; Alpha Lodge, Framingham; United Brethren Lodge, Marlborough; and, Perfection Lodge, Framingham.
Raised in Fall River, Canhoto attended Bishop Connolly High School, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of South Carolina-Columbia after which he did his post-doctoral fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.
He is a Quality Assurance Validation Senior Manager for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge.
He and his wife, Laney Bruner-Canhoto, have 2 children, Carolina and Elisabeth both students living with their parents in Framingham.
In 2005 he began his Masonic career by joining Middlesex Lodge. He served as the Worshipful Master, or presiding officer, in 2010-2011.
Masons use the original definition of “worshipful, meaning “honorable”; English mayors and judges are still addressed as “Worshipful.”
As District Deputy Grand Master, Canhoto will be called “Right Worshipful.” He is also the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Florida and a member of the Massachusetts Lodge of Research.
A member of several Masonic organizations, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Ancient and Accepted Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners) among others.
Freemasonry seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, level of education, income, and opinion and develop the bonds of friendship between them. Through a large variety of North American Masonic philanthropies, approximately $3,000,000 is given to charity every day, 70% of which benefits the general public. During its initiation ceremony, which uses symbolism and allegory, its members are encouraged to value principles, ethics, and morality and to live their lives accordingly. By “making good men the best versions of themselves possible,” Freemasonry positively benefits its members, families and communities. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts represents 28,000 members and more than 225 lodges throughout the Commonwealth.