STORYLINE The 12th degree tells the story of Joseph, who forgives his brothers for selling him into slavery. This degree emphasizes faith in morality, virtue, and God. It teaches us to be optimistic and make the most of what life throws our way, viewing trials as blessings. PHILOSOPHY We are taught forgiveness, compassion, and Brotherly love. CORE VALUES Justice & Integrity Find this Degree See the 12° - Master of Mercy at the Valleys below. Ohio Dayton Secretary: Jerome R. Clark, 33° 525 W RIVERVIEW AVE, DAYTON, OH, 45405-4702, 937-222-9103 • 937-222-9103 Michigan Michigan Secretary: Timothey S. Marshbanks, 33°, MSA 907 Monroe St., Dearborn, MI, 48124-2309, 313-724-1907 • 313-724-1907 Connecticut New Haven Secretary: Jerry J. Gruenbaum, 32° P.O. Box 3879, New Haven, CT, 06515-3879, 203-580-4208 • 203-580-4208 Rhode Island Providence Secretary: Peter Iacobucci, 33° 2115 BROAD ST, CRANSTON, RI, 02905-3396, 401-461-2480 • 401-461-2480 Ohio Toledo Secretary: Michael E. Shobe, 33° 309 W. Sophia St, Maumee, OH, 43537-2169, 419-893-2942 • 419-893-2942 The Lodge of Perfection Degrees The Lodge of Perfection is where a Scottish Rite Mason’s journey begins. This body confers the 4th through the 14th degrees. These degrees investigate and contemplate spirituality, and also amplify the Hiramic Legend and lessons from the Biblical era. The Lodge of Perfection degrees are often referred to as “ineffable” degrees because they focus on the ineffable, or unutterable, name of God. Members will also see many references back to the three symbolic degrees of the Blue Lodge. The degrees in this first body are meant to amplify the core Masonic teachings and apply them to practical, everyday situations. The name of the Lodge of Perfection refers to the belief of Scottish Rite Masons that while they know they are not perfect, there is a path to perfection. One of the key moral teachings in this body is that men must persevere and overcome difficulties in their progress toward perfection. What is the Lodge of Perfection?