Brother Joshua Manfredo was elected Worshipful Master in 2018, at that time, becoming the youngest Master of the lodge in it's 201 year history. His year was marked with a dedication to unity and brotherhood. With that simple goal in mind, Brother Manfredo hosted many presentations and events that tied in those values. By the end of his term, he transformed meetings to be both efficient and of great value to the brethren assembled. His favorite events included a successful summer BBQ, visitations to lodges, and participating in the several events of other lodges.
In 2020, St. Paul’s Lodge #14 elected Brother Manfredo to again take the helm of the lodge. He would soon find himself leading the lodge through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Faced with the challenges brought on by this virus, Bro. Manfredo quickly transitioned to using newer technologies to host social events and meetings. When conditions allowed for in person meetings to resume, he used his professional experience to formulate plans and procedures in order to ensure the safety of the brothers while meeting. This new format came with some challenges, however, even with reduced attendance, and limited opportunities to engage the brothers in person, Bro. Manfredo worked to continue the traditions from his first year and bring masonic light to the brothers. He reintroduced the lodge to a mentor program with the assistance of his Secretary, and worked to bring about changes to the functions of the lodge in terms of finances, education, and administrative work.
On January 25, 2021, St. Paul’s Lodge #14 again looked to Brother Manfredo to take the position of Master along with many of the existing officers. Coming off the heels of COVID-19 the lodge worked diligently to perform degree work and reinvigorate the brothers in the pursuits of the craft. St. Paul's was fortunate during this year to raise several new brothers to the degree of Master Mason, reintroduce social events, and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood. Under the administration of Bro. Manfredo, the lodge continued to improve its functioning by updating its bylaws, establishing an investigation committee under the direction of the Grand Lodge. Bro. Manfredo was also selected to continue serving (appointed in 2020) on the Grand Lodge Leadership Committee, tasked with developing education and training programs to help the future leaders of lodges in Rhode Island.
Outside of the lodge, Bro. Manfredo is an Emergency Manager with a focus in Higher Education, an avid camper, mountain biker, homebrewer and kayaker. He has served as Treasurer of the Oakland Beach Volunteer Fire Co. (social organization), Communications Committee member of SHIP, and the founder, producer, and sound editor of several podcasts.
- Valley of Providence, Scottish Rite (Northern Masonic Jurisdiction)
- Sword of Bunker Hill, Gaspee Chapter #99
- The Masonic Society
Coat of Arms of Bro. Joshua Manfredo
Arms: Vert, a stag, trippant regardent Argent, a quarter sun issuant sinister chief Or.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Vert, A demi stag Argent, holding between its forelegs a brick tower Gules
Motto: Solis Ortum Conspicere