Luigi Pirandello Lodge #2875

On October 14, 2012 a new lodge was instituted into New York OSIA located in Fresh Meadows, New York.  The Luigi Pirandello Lodge #2875 installed over 40 members during a well attended ceremony at St. Nicholas of Tolentine RC Church in Queens, New York.

Both Past State President Thom Lupo and Past National President Joseph DiTrapani were in attendance along with many other national and state officers.  The new lodge was sponsored by Fr. Vincent Capodanno Lodge #212, Per Sempre Lodge #2344, Per Sempre Ladies Lodge #2344A, Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 and Uguaglianza/NE Bronx Lodge #83.

The founders of the lodge are Peter Petrino, Jr., Stella Grillo and Ralph Tangorra.  The new President of the lodge is Joseph Lusardi.

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian dramatist, novelist, and short story writer awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934, for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage." Pirandello's works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian.

Luigi Pirandello was born in 1867 in Girgenti (now Agrigento) on the island of Sicily. Luigi's father was a fairly prosperous sulphur dealer and intended that his son should follow in his footsteps, but the boy demonstrated a love of the written word early on, and as a result, he was provided with a literary schooling. He entered the University of Rome in 1887, but later transferred to Bonn University where he completed his doctoral thesis, a study of his native Sicilian dialect.  He died on December 10, 1936.  His death was celebrated with a state funeral.  His plays live on and his influence has extended to many successful writers around the world.

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