A Conversation with Ill. Brother Frank Martinez, MSA, 33°

This year, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we are publishing a recent interview with a Brother whose life story is truly inspiring: Ill. Brother Frank Martinez, MSA, 33°, from the Valley of Southern Illinois. Frank, now 92 years young, is a dedicated Freemason and member of the United States military. He served honorably in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War before retiring from the service. Read more

Why I Am

"I belong because, in spite of all of our faults, foibles, and fears, we can come together and achieve great things." Read more

From Children’s Dyslexia Center To Hollywood

All who support our Scottish Rite Children’s Dyslexia Centers are gratified to hear of young people who learned to overcome dyslexia and achieve academic success. At our centers, all over the Northern Jurisdiction, there are many empowering stories: Darius Dancer’s story is just one of them. Read more

The Origins of the Double-Headed Eagle

Like the square and compasses symbol, the double-headed eagle motif is one of 32º Scottish Rite Freemasonry’s most recognizable symbols. Ever since its establishment, the Scottish Rite has adopted the double-headed eagle as its emblem. Here, we delve into its origins and significance today. Read more

An Annual Meeting to Remember

A whopping 1,953 Masons and their ladies gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Annual Session. We laughed, we cried, and we celebrated 211 candidates who received the 33°. Read more

A New Member’s Guide to Scottish Rite Reunions

Most Valleys hold what we call a “Reunion” no more than a few times each spring and autumn. At its core, a Reunion is a chance for Scottish Rite Brothers to come together and continue their journey into the craft by witnessing the Scottish Rite degrees. Read more

Four Generations of Masonic Family Legacy

We recently spoke with Ill. Douglas R. Policastro 33°, Deputy for New Jersey, about the Masonic legacy that spans four generations of his family. Watch the video interview and read the full Q&A to learn what Freemasonry and family mean to him. Read more

Brotherhood and Belonging: A Masonic Perspective on Sebastian Junger’s Tribe

In this book review of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger, we explore how Freemasonry ties into the book’s themes of brotherhood and belonging and how our Masonic values call us to support our country’s veterans. Read more

All Roads Lead to Independence

"We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members." - Scottish Rite Vision Statement Read more

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