Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Grand Lodge of New Hampshire

On April 8, 1790 the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire was created with the Installation of their first Grand Master John Suvillan.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Masonic Secrets Revealed???

4th International Conference of Freemasonry
Secrets Revealed: Freemasonry and the Conspiracy Theories it Evokes
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Institute for Masonic Studies and the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles will host the 4th International Conference on Freemasonry, bringing together a panel of prominent Masonic scholars covering Freemasonry and conspiracy theories.  You will have the opportunity to learn from renowned historians and interact with Masonic experts.  Open to the public, this event seeks to educate and inspire scholars of the craft.

This year's presentations will include:

The Origins of the Masonic Conspiracy in the Eighteenth Century / Margaret Jacob, Ph.D. / Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA
Freemasonry and Conspiracy Theories in the Hispanic World / Maria Eugenia Vazquez-Semadeni, Ph.D. / Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA
Lodges and Lyceums, Freemasonry and Free Grace: The Contest for Intellectual and Religious Authority in Massachusetts during the 1820s and 1830s/Robert Gross, Ph.D. / The James L. & Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut

Myth and Conspiracy: The Strange Bedfellows of Masonic and Anti-Masonic Culture / Adam Kendall / Collections Manager, Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Freemasonry in the Context of Contemporary Conspiracy Theories / Michael Barkun, Ph.D. / Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Syracuse University 
Event DetailsDate: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Center at the University of California, Los Angeles
Attire: Business casual (jacket; no tie)

Registration:  The registration fee for the 4th International Conference is $15.  An optional catered lunch at the UCLA Faculty Club may be purchased for an additional $33.  The catered lunch must be purchased in advance.  In person, on-site registration for the conference will be available on the day of the event.
  • Webcast: The full Conference will be accessible via a live Ustream broadcast from anywhere in the world. Advance reservation and payment is required.

The 4th International Conference is co-sponsored by the Grand Lodge of California's Institute for Masonic Studies and the History Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Birthday to Order of the DeMolay

March 18, 1919 The Order of DeMolay was born in Kansas City. Its our 96th Birthday! Thanks Dad Land!

The Order of DeMolay is an International Fraternity dedicated to developing young men into successful and responsible adults. DeMolay International is a non-profit corporation with an international office located in its own building in Kansas City, Missouri and more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
DeMolay membership is open to any young man of good character who is between the ages of 12 and 21. DeMolay is not meant to take the place of home or church, but rather supplement them. Members are reminded that they get out of DeMolay what they put into it. A DeMolay will form lasting friendships and also learn responsibility and self-reliance.  Some of the events sponsored by Minnesota DeMolay include: ski weekends, flag football, speech competitions, dances, video game tournaments and much more.
The organization was named for Jacques DeMolay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, who was burned at the stake by King Philip of France on March 18, 1314, as a martyr to loyalty and toleration.  Some famous DeMolay include Walt Disney, Bill Clinton, John Wayne, former Quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings Fran Tarkenton and former Minnesota Twins player Harmon Killebrew.
Hey Guys....What about Paintball with the Grand Master?
Im a proud DeMolay Alum-Camelot Chapter, Richfield, Minnesota

Thursday, March 12, 2015

More Light



The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is just a Powerhouse when it comes to providing "an environment that encourages Masons to seek greater understanding  of the nature and purpose of Freemasonry in all its many aspects-past, present and future"............

Check em out 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Exciting News

          About XIV World Conference

The XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges is a rare opportunity for Masonic leaders from all parts of the globe to exchange ideas, build relationships with fraternal families, and unite the fraternity. For California Masons it offers the privilege of representing Golden State Masonry as we welcome brothers from other jurisdictions.
Visit the Conference Website to lean about speakers, and conference details at WCRMGL.com

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Bag of Tools

A Bag Of Tools
 By: R. L. Sharpe

Isn't it strange
That princes and kings,
And clowns that caper
In sawdust rings,
And common folks
Like you and me
Are builders of eternity?
To each is given
a book of rules,
A shapeless mass
and a kit of tools;
And each must make
- Ere life is flown -
A stumbling block
Or a steppingstone

Photo by Worshipful Brother Daniel Hrink
Past Master of Clark Lodge #101
Grand Lodge of Ohio

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friday the 13th-The Beginning of the End

Today is Friday the 13th, probably the most feared day and date combination of the year.  This is especially true if you were Jacques Demolay or a Knights Templar in France in 1307.
Here is the story in a nutshell.  At dawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, throughout all of France, soldiers, bailiffs and officials simultaneously opened sealed orders from King Phillip IV of France ordering them to arrest all Knights Templar, take them into custody, charge them with heresy and obtain confessions using torture is needed.  They were also to confiscate all Templar properties and treasuries before the actions could be reported to Pope Clement.  Sham trials were conducted and all Templars were declared guilty of heresy. Sixty one Knights Templar, including the Grandmaster Jacque Demolay, were burned at the stake.  The remaining Templars were imprisoned where many died and some were eventually pardoned by the Pope and released.
Now for more of the story….
King Phillip was obsessed with obtaining power and money. He used all means to obtain them no matter what the cost of who stood in his way.  His ambitions knew no bounds. I other words, he was just a well dressed thug on a nice horse and like any other common criminal he possessed no ethics, conscious on any integrity.
The High Cost of War
By 1306, pressed by the cost of the ten year war with England along with regional conflicts, the French finances were in trouble and King Phillip’s credit line was stopped.  King Phillip did not have a stable system of taxation to generate new revenue so he attempted to raise funds in other ways. Several of the things he did were to expel 100,000 Jewish citizens from France, seizing all of their property and money, and he reduced the gold content of the currency by two thirds, which resulted in riots.
With the country being on the threshold of bankruptcy, King Phillip needed to devise another plan and his eyes turned to the Knights Templar.  The Knights Templar rivaled all of the European kingdoms in political influence, military strength and wealth.  The Templars reported not to any king, but only to the church.  In fact, at that time, the Paris temple was the largest bank in Europe which included much of the treasury of the French government.
King Phillip IV attempted to tax the clergy which resulted in an argument between King Phillip and the Pope about who had the power for taxation.
Pope Boniface VII responded by preparing a bill of excommunication against King Phillip (Super Petri Solo). The Pope intended to publish the bill but he was assaulted and kidnapped by French troops prior to being able to publish the bill. The Pope was rescued but did not recover from his injuries and died shortly after being rescued.
King Phillip the Fair had great influence over the election of a new Pope (Clement V). Pope Clement was from Gascony France and moved his office from Rome to France.
King Phillip had no authority to arrest the Templars, so he devised a devious plan to eliminate the Templars and seize their wealth.
Rumors and gossip had been circulating within France of strange practices and rituals practiced by the Knights Templar. King Phillip, with sinister motivation, whispered these rumors into the ear of Pope Clement V at the papal coronation.  King Phillip asked the Pope to investigate the Templars, meanwhile King Phillip secretly had his attorneys compiling evidence against the Templars.  He argued masterfully for an investigation of the Templars for repudiation of the faith and for heresy.
In addition, the King began a smear campaign defaming the order to the various royal courts of Europe.  He also had his lawyers establish a spy network to live among the Templars and collect information.
The arrest operation was a huge undertaking in many aspects.  France, at that time, was a large country of about 44,000 square miles to be covered by hundreds of the King’s men.  The Knights Templar has approximately 9000 land holdings ranging from castles to vineyards.  These holdings were occupied by approximately 15,000 Knight Templars.
On the first day of the operation it is believed that over 600 arrests were made with an emphasis on the orders command staff.  This includes the Grandmaster, the Treasurer and various Preceptors.  These individuals were isolated and immediately questioned, and subjected to torture in order to obtain confessions.  King Phillip wanted many confessions to present to the Pope in order to overwhelm the Pope and to gain his support for the operation.
Pope Clement, at King Phillip’s request, issues arrest warrants Knights Templar throughout Europe.  These Papal warrants were served very slowly and no Templars, outside of France, were found guilty (if they were even located).
In France, during the trials, may Templars recanted their confessions because they were obtained under torture or the threat of death.  In 1310, King Phillip ordered that 61 Templars be burned at the stake because they had recanted their confessions.
Pope Clement V saw the persecution doing irreparable harm to the church and granted immunity to the Templars leaders (plus other actions see bull Ad providam).  His actions were never carried out as the Pope became seriously ill.
Jacques Demolay and other Templars were sentenced to life imprisonment. When Grandmaster Demolay heard this he refused to accept the sentence.  On March 18, 1314 King Phillip seized Jacques Demolay and Geoffrey de Charmey from legal custody and had them burned at the stake on an island on the river Seine.
Jacques Demolay asked that his wrists be untied.  As the fire started his eyes gazed at the Cathedral Notre Dame and he prayed. The Grandmaster then gave the Templars curse. Within a year following Demolay’s death both Pope Clement and King Phillip IV were dead.

For and excellent read and research done from primary sources

The Templars, The Secret History Revealed by Barbara Frale Vatican Secret Archives Historian