One of our Masonic Districts (in Ontario) published last year a sad statistics: the average attendance of the members in their lodges is about 20-25%. I can attest that in my present lodge (in a different district) it is the
I could also ask: when did you steal the last time? Now, before you click away in your righteous indignation, hear me out: there are way more people, including Masons, stealing intellectual property than you’d ever think. “No way! We,
As far as I know there is only one single “traditional observance” (TO) lodge in the province of Ontario under the jurisdiction of GLoCPO: Templum Fidelis in Bath – Frontenac district. They had the last meeting before going into the
I used to make websites for a living for over a decade and before that, I did it as a hobby, for friends and family. Even Masonic websites… For most people coming from a non-programming, non-computer-geek background, the very first
How to modernize today’s Freemasonry? Is there a need for modernization or we cannot modernize Masonry to cater to the wimps of every new(er) generation. Because it worked well for ages… or did it? Read in details about the “proletarianization” of the American and Canadian Freemasonry!
I grew up in a place where Masonry was illegal – forbidden. It could have meant even jail time. Sometimes it was cautiously whispered that this great poet or that writer, philosopher or outstanding figure in history was a member of a lodge, without going into details what that meant. It made my young mind, curious – although there was no place where to turn for answers. Furthermore, I didn’t come from a family with the usual background to be a Mason.
This was the sensational discovery presented at this year’s Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies. Professor Andrew Prescott of the Glasgow University had a captivating story to tell and shattered our idea of having certain knowledge regarding the beginnings of the Craft.
Now, if this detail proved to be untrue… how much can we trust Anderson’s history in general?
Ferenc Kazinczy joined a Masonic lodge years before he was sentenced to death, later commuted to imprisonment for the participation in the Martinovics conspiracy. When it comes about brethren from my mother lodge in Budapest and from the Hungarian Symbolic Grand Lodge in general, there is one rule and promise I’ve made that I take very, very seriously…
I can’t really recall the other questions, but I clearly remember one of the board members asking me if I knew the knocks on the door in first degree. I do, I replied, only tell me, do you want to hear the knocks from my mother lodge or those from the Canadian/Ontario lodges? Because they are not the same…
So the foreigner begins the research, reads even more ancient texts and old versions of the “Work”, different rituals used in different jurisdictions and puts together the picture, the proverbial big picture about the changes occurred in the texts… which we, allegedly