The purpose of the Masonic Education Committee is to cover the educational components of all candidates as they proceed through their initiation into the Lodge. This process is divided into three steps, represented symbolically as the stages of a practicing stone mason: Entered Apprentice Mason (First Degree), Fellow Craft Mason (Second Degree), and Master Mason (Third Degree). To advance from one step to the next, there are educational requirements each candidate must follow. In addition, there are historical and conceptual teachings which are to be presented. It is in this capacity the Masonic Education Committee serves the lodge by seeing that all candidates complete the training they need. The Masonic Education committee is conducting training once each month. Masonic Education is conducted at the Masonic Center of Lancaster County, 213 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA.
After each degree, a candidate will be required to report to the next scheduled training night: First Degree candidates at 6:00 p.m., Second Degree candidates at 6:45 p.m., and Third Degree candidates at 7:30 p.m. Each session is approximately 45 minutes, and is taught by a member of the Masonic Education committee. A candidate will not be permitted to advance to the next degree until he has successfully completed his required training.
These sessions are designed to be two-way forums. Although a certain amount of what needs to be learned is prescribed, the candidates will no doubt have many questions, and this is a time to have them answered. Any Mason desiring to expand his knowledge is invited to attend and share.
Link to Masonic Education Information of Pa Grand Lodge. You will need to register a username and password for the Educational Portal will be the same as your Grand Lodge Member Services username and Password. If you do not have a Grand Lodge Member Services username, please reach out to the Lodge Secretary.
GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA MASTER BUILDERS AWARD PROGRAM
A three part program of Education & Fellowship for newly raised Master Masons
Part 1: Mentor Program – An internet based learning program
Part 2: Masonic History – An internet based learning program
Part 3: A personal adventure in Masonic Fellowship and Learning
To complete the Master Builders Program and attain the Grand Master’s Achievement Recognition Award the newly made Master mason must satisfactorily complete Parts 1 and 2 through the internet based learning programs provided through the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and fulfill mandatory and voluntary requirements of Part 3 within one year of being raised.
1. Attend a stated meeting of your home lodge.
2. Attend an extra meeting of your home lodge.
3. Attend at least one meeting of another lodge in your district.
4. Serve as greeter for one of your lodge’s stated meetings.
5. Attend an Official Visitation of the DDGM within your district.
6. Attend at least one of your lodge’s fellowship events.
7. Assist in a fundraising event held by your lodge. (If applicable)
8. Completion of your Blue Lodge’s Mentor Program as required by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s Education Committee.
9. Attend a youth group meeting within your district or region.
10. Assist the Secretary or other members in contacting members in danger of being suspended to discuss with them what you believe to be the benefits of their Masonic membership.
Fulfill At Least Three Of The Voluntary Criteria Listed Below
1. Participate in a degree conferred by your lodge.
2. Be the first line signer on a petition for membership in your lodge.
3. Contact a brother who has not attended lodge in the last six months and invite him to accompany you to the next stated meeting. (The brother must accept and attend in order for these criteria to be completed.)
4. Assume responsibility for arranging a Masonic Education program for your lodge. This may be done by you or by someone else by your invitation with the Worshipful Master’s approval.
5. Attend a quarterly communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
6. Attend either a stated meeting of The Pennsylvania Lodge of Research or the Academy of Masonic Knowledge.