Grand High Priest

Most Excellent Companion Peter W. Brusoe
Grand High Priest – 2018-2019

Peter W. Brusoe, Grand High Priest. Peter W. Brusoe was elected Grand High Priest at the 151st Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia on March 17, 2018. Peter is a Past High Priest of William R. Singleton Chapter #4 serving in 2011, and served as the first High Priest of the merged Mt. Vernon-William R. Singleton Chapter #3 in 2017. His Masonic journey began when his friend Patrick Filiberto asked him to join DeMolay. Peter was inducted into St. Andrew’s Chapter, Order of DeMolay in Amsterdam, NY on December 27, 1997. He would go on to serve as Master Councilor of St. Andrew’s Chapter, Hudson Valley Division Councilor, 33rd State Master Councilor of New York, and the 37th International Master Councilor of DeMolay International. On his 21st birthday, Peter turned his petition for masonry into Master’s Lodge #5 in Albany, NY. He was initiated on October 27, 2003, passed on January 26, 2004, and raised on March 22, 2004. He affiliated with William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7 in 2007, was a charter member of Eagle Lodge #1893, the academic lodge affiliated with American University in 2016, and was a charter member of Éireann Lodge #98 in 2017. He was exalted to the Royal Arch in 2008 in Singleton Chapter #4.

Peter is active in a number of different Masonic organizations. He is currently serving as treasurer of William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7, Senior Warden of Eagle Lodge #1893, and the Junior Warden of Éireann Lodge #98. He is a 32nd Degree Mason of the Valley of Schenectady, New York State Council of Deliberation Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. He is the current Wise Master of Evangelist Chapter of Rose Croix, Valley of Washington, Orient of the District of Columbia, Southern Jurisdiction. In the York Rite, he is a member of Washington Council of Royal and Select Masters and Washington Commandery. He is a past Patron of Friendship Chapter of Eastern Star, a noble and clown of Almas Shrine, and a Prophet of Ubar Grotto. He is a past President and current Treasurer of the St. John’s Mite Association, a Director of the Masonic & Eastern Star Home, and Vice President of the Master’s and Wardens Association. He has been invited to join Universal Council No. 70 Knight Masons of the United States of America and Washington and Lee York Rite College.  He continues to support DeMolay International as Director of the MATOC Ritual Tournament and a frequent volunteer at DeMolay Leadership Conferences.

Peter has been honored by Singleton Lodge #7 with the community service award and the mason of the year award. He received the Pythagoras Lodge of Research paper medal. The Grand Lodge honored him with the Valentine Rentzel Medal in 2016. He was honored by the Scottish Rite with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2011. He was made a Meritorious Companion of the Royal Arch in 2012. He has been honored in DeMolay with the Degree of Chevalier, the Kirby Medal from Massachusetts DeMolay and an award for special services from DeMolay Grand Master William M. Sardone in 2017

Peter graduated from the University at Albany, SUNY Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History and American Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Albany’s Rockefeller College, and a PhD in political science from American University. He works as a campaign finance, lobbying and legislative data analyst for a technology company. In addition to his involvement in Freemasonry, Peter volunteers with the Woodley Park Community Association, St. Thomas Apostle Church, N Street Village, Iona Senior Services, DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table. Peter serves as a Director of the University at Albany Alumni Association, the Dean’s Advisory Board for Rockefeller College, and the Campus Life Advisory Board for the University At Albany. He previously chaired the Serve DC Commission and the Archdiocesan Global Solidarity Committee.

Favorite Sports Team: The University at Albany Great Danes! (UA!, U Know!)
Favorite Part in Royal Arch: Principal Sojourner
Favorite Book: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Inspirational quote: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he does not mind who gets the credit.” – Plaque on Ronald Reagan’s Desk