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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Prince Hall recognition in Ontario

Great news!

"At the 153rd Annual Communication in Toronto, on Wednesday July 16 and
Thursday July 17, the Grand Lodge in Session voted to recognize the
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons,
Province of Ontario and Jurisdiction."

"...the Grand Master announced that the
Grand Lodge now fully recognizes the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in
Ontario, the same as all other recognized Grand Lodges, the members
present rose in a unanimous standing ovation."
Quoted from Peter Renzland, Toronto, Ontario. in the CanadaMasons Yahoo Forum.

This was a long time in the works and took a few years to work out. I would like to extend my congratulations to the brethren who works on this amendment over the years. I'm told it's not as easy as it sounds, once you throw constitutions and perhaps some politics into the mix.

I think that leaves only one Grand Lodge jurisdiction in Canada to recognise Prince Hall lodges, which would be the newest Grand jurisdiction of Newfoundland and Labrador. I'm told they are close to making the same motion however. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bloody brilliant! I for one am interested in attending any celebratory functions that may be connected with this lovely historical event :-) Well done...

~ Vitruvius ~

Justa Mason said...

I know Peter will be ecstatic that this has finally occured. I'm sure he'll enjoy visiting Prince Hall Masonic Lodges as much as I have, especially because the ritual is much different than most Ontario Masons will have experienced.

Newfoundland and Labrador is a mere technicality. All those Lodges were, until a few years ago, under the UGLE, whose recognition policies are well-known.

Justa Mason

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know exactly what happened, as I heard the GM may have played more than a little fast and loose with the Constitution to get this through.

Squire Bentley said...

As a Prince Hall Mason I am pleased. No go have fun and enjoy!!!

Anonymous said...

Given that Prince Hall Freemasonry in Ontario is on the verge of going into darkness. I think it has benefited Freemasonry on the whole. A lot of brethren will be seeking entrance within the next 25 years out of the remnants of their organization. We are in Canada what purpose does Prince Hall Freemasonry serve? In the southern United States Prince Hall is needed but in our liberal socieity i don't see the purpose.