Regular Meeting and Election/Installation of Officers – Saturday, December 2, 2017

Topic:     The Good Shepherd: An Eighteenth Century Masonic System

Du Bon Pasteur (The Good Shepherd) is an obscure and esoteric order of Freemasonry that was practiced in Poland in the mid-1700’s.  This twelve degree system combines elements of Gnosticism, alchemy, kabbalah, and chivalry in the same system.  The presentation will discuss the degrees of the Bon Pasteur system and compare them to others practiced in Masonic systems then and now.

Presenter:  Companion S. Dirk Wiker

S. Dirk Wiker has been a Mason since 2006 and is the Past Master of Annapolis Lodge No. 89 (2012).  He is Past High Priest of Mt. Vernon Royal Arch Chapter No. 25 and the current Thrice Illustrious Master of Harmony Council No. 20 in Annapolis, MD.  He is also the Wise Master of the Meredith Chapter of Rose Croix in the Valley of Baltimore, Orient of Maryland, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, SJ.  Other Masonic organizations include the Shrine, Allied Masonic Degrees, and the Red Cross of Constantine.  Professionally, he is the Director of Security Engineering at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD.

Meeting Location:

Annapolis Lodge #89
162 Conduit Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Directions available at link.

Lunch at 12 noon:  $20 payable at the door

Meeting and Presentation at 1 pm with the election and installation of 2018 Officers following

RSVP:  Please contact the Secretary at mmrs1979@gmail.com or 240-398-9546 to confirm your attendance Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Regular Meeting – Saturday, October 14, 2017

Topic:  Masonic Funerals:  Identity, Performance, and Transformation

Constructing a public-facing identity of Freemasonry within historical, contemporary, and theoretical contexts.

Presenter: Carolyn Bain, Ph.D.

A member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Texas Chapter #219 and president of the award-winning, digital media services firm, Bain Pugh & Associates, Inc,. Carolyn Bain, Ph.D., is a noted researcher, author, and presenter.  For the Masonic Service Association (MSA), she co-authored the publication, “Moving Masonry into the 21st Century,” and consulted on the  Mark Twain Award Project.  For the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction, she produced the award-winning film, “On the Wings of Words.”  She has spoken for many Masonic audiences including the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry (ICHF).

Meeting Location:

Laurel Wreath #149 Lodge
209 Washington Blvd.
Laurel,  MD 20797  

Lunch at 12 noon
$20 payable at the door

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

Please RSVP to the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com) by Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  We look forward to having you attend.

For questions, please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com).

Festive Board – Monday, August 7, 2017

Our popular annual Festive Board is being held::

Monday, August 7, 2017
Cash Bar – 6:30 p.m.      Dinner – 7 p.m.
Location:  Columbia, MD   

Distinguished Presentation: “Josephine Baker:  Erotic Dancer, Entertainer, WWII Hero, Humanitarian, Mason”

Josephine Baker was an American-born French singer, dancer, actress, resistance fighter in World War II, and civil rights leader who spoke at the 1963 March on Washington at the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This presentation will focus on her life including the fact she was a Mason.  It should be a fascinating presentation accompanied by photographs, video and other supporting material.

Presenter:   Walter P. Benesch

Brother Benesch’s Masonic career is extensive going back more than 30 years.  He is a Past Master of Lafayette-Dupont #19 in DC and Archer Bailey Gay Lodge in VA, Scottish Rite KCCH & Dean of History in the Valley of Washington, KYCH in VA, current Illustrious Master Adoniram (Zabud Council No. 2., DC), Royal Arch Captain and Lecturer (Mt. Vernon RAC #14, VA) and officer in the Washington, D.C. College of Masonic Societas Rosicrusiana In Civitatibus Federatis.  He is President and long-time supporter of the George Washington Masonic Stamp Club.

This is a ‘sell-out’ event so let us know ASAP at if you’d like to attend.  If you’d like to attend, please e-mail mmrs1979@gmail.com and we’ll confirm availability and send payment instructions.

Future 2017 Planned Meetings:

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Regular Meeting – Saturday, May 6, 2017

Topic:

Parallel Universes and Eternal Life

One of the 25 Landmarks of Masonry is, “that every
Mason must believe in a resurrection to a future life.”
Scientists are now convinced that there are parallel
universes.  Is it possible that a future or eternal life
exists there?  And how might a transition to it occur?

Presenter:

John Maclay, Chaplain and Past President, Maryland Masonic Research Society

John Maclay is a Past President of MMRS, a Past
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal
Arch Masons of Maryland, a Past Master of two
Lodges, a Past Grand Inspector, and a past presiding
officer of five other Masonic units.

Meeting Location:

Silver Spring #215 Lodge
410 University Blvd., West
Silver Spring, MD 20901 

Lunch at 12 noon
$20 payable at the door

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

Please RSVP to the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com) by Wednesday, May 3rd.  We look forward to having you attend.

For questions, please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com).

Regular Meeting – Saturday, March 11, 2017

Topic:

Resources Available to Masonic Researchers

Presenter:

Edward Heimiller, Curator of the Maryland Grand Lodge Library and Museum

Meeting Location:

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Maryland
304 International Circle
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon
$15 payable at the door

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

Please RSVP to the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com) by Wednesday, March 8th.  We look forward to having you attend.

For questions, please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com).

 

Regular Meeting and Installation of 2017 Officers

MMRS Regular Meeting

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

at the

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M of Maryland

304 International Circle

Cockeysville, MD 21030

 Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.comto confirm your attendance

 Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

together with the installation of 2017 officers

“Anti-Masonry in Upstate New York – Why?”

By Chuck Crossett, outgoing President of MMRS

 The disappearance of William Morgan in 1826, know as the Morgan Affair, is widely regarded as the start of the incredible backlash against Freemasonry, which had been very popular and widespread in the still-young United States. Such an event, even a possible murder, cannot explain the breadth and depth of the anti-Masonry movement that resulted. This talk is meant to illustrate upstate New York at the time Morgan decided to publish the Masonic rituals, his sudden departure, and resulting huge membership decline, hundreds of closed lodges, and the loss of Masonic esteem and power. Religious revivals, blue laws, the Erie Canal, Shakers, and the prediction of the end of the world all played a part!

 Chuck Crossett is the 2016 President of MMRS, as well as a member of Freedom Lodge #112, Druid Chapter #28, and the Alexandria Valley Scottish Rite. He is an engineer and historian.

Regular Meeting 05 November 2016

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

at

Freedom Masonic Lodge #112

2253 Liberty Road Eldersburg, MD 21784

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com) to confirm your attendance

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

MMRS is pleased to announce that

Stephen J. Ponzillo, III, MWPGM

of the
Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Maryland

presenting a talk on
“The Masonic Life and Contributions of PGM Warren Stitt Seip”

We will meet at Freedom Lodge in Eldersburg, MD with lunch at noon and the Meeting and Presentation to be held at 1pm.

Festive Board – Monday August 1st 7pm

Annual Festive Board

Monday, August 1, 2016
at the
King’s Contrivance Restaurant
10150 Shaker Dr., Columbia, MD 21046

Cash Bar – 6:30 P.M.
Dinner – 7 P.M.

$ 45.00 per person for dinner, beverage, and gratuity.

RSVP before July 20th to MMRS1979@gmail.com

Seating is limited, please confirm your attendance via email before sending your check.

Distinguished Presentation

New Light on the Gormogons
by S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., P.P.

The Gormogons suddenly appeared in London newspapers in 1724 as a rival to the Freemasons both in exclusivity and antiquity. It had been thought they disappeared in 1732, but new evidence including a previously unrecognized 1733 London play—show that their reputation persisted until the end of the 18th century.

Bro. Morris is Past President of the Maryland Masonic Research Society, Past Master of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, current managing editor of The Scottish Rite Journal, and author of numerous books and articles on Freemasonry.

Meeting – Saturday April 23, 2016

MMRS Regular Meeting

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

at the

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M of Maryland

304 International Circle

Cockeysville, MD 21030

Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com)

to confirm your attendance

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

“Transmission and Freemasonry”
By Eric Serejski

Communication in the context of initiatory societies, or transmission, has rarely been studied. On the other hand, in general pedagogy, the study of communication of knowledge has seen significant developments in the last fifty years, providing models and tools permitting better techniques. The studies that clearly delineate explicit and tacit knowledge and the transmission of those have also seen major advances. In the field of esoteric transmission, within the context of an ancient tradition, of evolving sociocultural values and the disappearance of cultural boundaries, transmitters of knowledge can only benefit to assimilate the exoteric concepts of communication to understand, uphold, enhance and adapt their methodology of transmission.

 

Eric Serejski is currently Secretary of the Maryland Masonic Research Society.

MMRS meeting – April 23rd Calendar (.ics) file

MMRS announcement 23April2016 pdf file

Meeting March 12, 2016

Regular Meeting

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

at the

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M of Maryland

304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.com)  to confirm your attendance

 Meeting and Presentation 1 pm
Led Zeppelin and Symbolism”

By Inessa Mischenko, P.P.

Led Zeppelin, who bestrode the world of rock like a colossus, have continually grown in popularity and influence since their official winding up in 1980. They exasperated critics and eluded classification, synthesizing blues, rock, folk, rockabilly, funk, classical, country, Indian, and Arabic techniques. They performed the alchemical trick of transmuting base lead into gold — and platinum — and diamond. Let’s take a closer look at the symbolism that was used, and sometimes exploited, by Led Zeppelin.

Inessa Mischenko, P.P., is the WM of Emounah Lodge #34 working under jurisdiction of Women’s Grand Lodge of Belgium, and has been a member of MMRS for 10 years. She currently serves as Chaplain.

Calendar file (.ics) for this Meeting

MMRS announcement (.pdf) 12March2016

Masonic Enlightenment through Research