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Grand Priory 2020

Grand Priory of the Knights Beneficent of the Holy City of the Rectified Scottish Rite of England and Wales

To each and every Sir and Reverend Knight of the Order

Today should have been the Annual Meeting of Grand Priory but because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to meet. We would also have held an emergency meeting of the Prefectory of St. George of London, No.1 at which we would have created and commissioned as Knights many Squire Novices who have all merited this distinction. We look forward to being able to hold our Lodge meetings in the future but we must consider the health, safety and welfare of all of our members before doing so.

At the meeting of Grand Priory, I would have had the pleasure of conferring the honour and dignity of Knight Commander of the Holy City on V.Revd.Kt. Kessick John Jones and V.Revd.Kt. Ryan Andrew Williams. I congratulate them both. I also congratulate those Knights who would have been appointed to, or promoted in, Grand Rank. Although I am unable to invest them personally their new rank becomes effective from today.

The early part of the year had many encouraging and positive features. The sharing of the readings enabled many more members to participate in the ceremony and the candidates now have a seat provided for them whilst listening to the longer discourses. I am delighted by the enthusiasm being shown by all the members and this is reflected by the high morale across all the four Prefectures. Most pleasingly all of the newest Lodges have been established on a sure foundation and are already showing steady growth. I have spoken with all the Regional Prefects and I admire the manner in which they have led their Region throughout these difficult times. In addition, we are blessed that senior Knights Templar are showing a keen desire to join our Order.

I must now give my grateful thanks to the Deputy Grand Master, R.Revd.Kt. John Wright; the Grand Visitor General, R.Revd.Kt. Vivian Thomas; the President of the Grand Master`s Council, R.Revd.Kt. Kessick Jones; the Grand Chancellor, R.Revd.Kt. Ryan Williams and all the othersenior officers and the staff at Mark Masons` Hall for their loyalty, support and sound advice.

Over the years Freemasonry has weathered many storms. We now need patience and a firm resolve until we finally emerge from this pandemic when we will be ready to meet our new challenges. We look forward to consecrating a new Lodge in Avalon.

May the Great Architect of the Universe keep you safe and well.

God bless you all.

Yours faithfully and fraternally

Michael E Herbert

M.Em. & Revd. Kt. Michael Edward Herbert, G.C.H.C.Grand Master

Address by The Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master 2019

Address by The Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master
Michael Edward Herbert, G.C.H.C.
to the Annual Meeting of Great Priory
Thursday 12 September 2019

KBHC Herbert 800It is a great pleasure to welcome you all here today to our twelfth Annual meeting, what wonderful support! I wish you all a very happy day. Earlier this morning we created and commissioned as Knights, eighteen Squire Novices. Only a small number can reach this supreme degree in any one year, so we congratulate those who have achieved this high rank. We also congratulate those Knights who have merited their appointments to, and promotions in, Grand Rank today.

R.Revd.Kt. Edwin Goodwin and R.Revd.Kt. Brian Kimberley both retire from the Office of Regional Grand Prefect today. They have served the Order with great distinction. We wish them a long and happy retirement and trust they will continue to honour us with their presence at future meetings.

R.Revd.Kt. David Jordan and R.Revd.Kt. George Bonham have been installed as Regional Grand Prefects – we wish them a happy, rewarding time in Office.

Once again, we have enjoyed a wonderful year in the work of our Order. All of our Prefectures and Lodges continue with great enthusiasm and for this we thank our Regional Grand Prefects. They are an inspiration to us all. We had a major highlight on 13th May at Christleton, Chester, when in the Brigantes Prefecture, Hugh Lupus Lodge No.20 was consecrated. This will prove to be another jewel in our crown.

Overseas there was a further development in our Order. On 29th May the new Grand Priory of Benin was created. We wish them a happy, successful future. It is a pleasure to welcome distinguished guests from sister provinces and the heads of other orders. Please restrain your natural enthusiasm until I complete the list.

From the Independent Grand Priory of Helvetia, we welcome the Grand Prior and National Grand Master, M.E. & Revd.Kt. Dr Hans Fischer. From the Grand Priory of America, the Grand Prior, R.Revd.Kt. Andre Lovas. From Belgium, the Great Prior & Grand Master, M.E. & Revd.Kt. Dirk de Boeck, the Past Great Prior & Grand Master, M.E. & Revd.Kt. Daniel Bauwens, the Assistant Great Prior, R.Revd.Kt. David Hope. They are accompanied by 10 distinguished Revd.Kt’s. From France, the Visitor General, M.Revd.Kt. Philippe Laventure and Revd.Kt. Jacques Techene. From Spain, we have the Grand Prior, M.E. & Revd.Kt. Julio-Ignacio Megan Gomez. The Grand Prior Adjutant and Deputy Grand Master, R.Revd.Kt. Jose de Blaz Gallego and Revd.Kt. Jose-Antonio Diaz de la Conception. From Austria the Grand Prior and Grand Master, M.E. & Revd.Kt. Ernst Hatheyer and the Grand Chancellor Revd.Kt. Thomas Hatheyer.


The support we receive from the Heads of other Orders is magnificent and we welcome Revd.Kt. Raymond J. Smith, Pro Grand Master of Mark and RAM, R.Revd.Kt. Paul R. Clement, our Grand Mareschal, Grand Master of Knights Templar, V.Revd.Kt. Graham L Flight, Grand Treasurer, Grand Sovereign of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, V.Revd.Kt. Kessick J. Jones, President of the Grand Masters Council, Grand Master of the Order of Royal and Select Masters. V.Revd.Kt. Thomas F. Jackson, Grand Master of the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees. V.Revd.Kt. Andrew C. Sweeney, Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor, Revd.Kt. Christopher G. Maiden, Grand High Priest of the Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom. Revd.Kt. Anthony W. Llewellyn, Supreme Magus of Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. Let us show our warmest appreciation to all of these distinguished Knights.

I thank the Deputy Grand Master, Dr John Wright, the Visitor General, Dr Vivian Thomas, the President of the Council, Kessick Jones, the Herald, Robert Morrow, the Treasurer, Graham Flight, the Mareschal, Paul Clement and the Grand Chancellor, Ryan Williams for the prodigious amount of work they do for the benefit of our Order. In addition, all the team at Mark Masons’ Hall who give strong support and sound advice. Revd.Kt. Grand Chancellor please convey my grateful thanks to them all.

And now Reverend Knights let us continue with zeal for our work in the Order. Let happiness be our watchword and may we all take great pleasure in each other’s company and be in perfect peace, love and harmony.

God Bless you all.

Address by The Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master 2018

Address by The Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master
Michael Edward Herbert, G.C.H.C.
to the Annual Meeting of Great Priory
Thursday 13 September 2018

KBHC Herbert 800Reverend Knights, Squire Novices and Brethren, it is a great pleasure to see so many of you here today. I hope you will all enjoy your visit to our annual Grand Priory meeting and we congratulate all those who have been appointed to, or promoted in, Grand Rank. Earlier today, nineteen Squire Novices reached the Supreme Degree of our Rite by being Created and Commissioned as Knights. Our congratulations are also extended to them. We also congratulate R.Revd.Kt. Dr Vivian Thomas on being appointed to the honour and dignity of Knight Commander of the Holy City which he richly deserves.

This year we see a further development in our Order. There is to be a new Grand Priory in Benin and it is envisaged that this will be created in the early part of 2019. In addition, we have held exploratory talks with Hong Kong. They wish to have qualified Knights Templar become members of the Scottish Master of St Andrew and see how we can progress from there. It is still in its early days but filled with tremendous enthusiasm. At home, all our Lodges are prospering and I thank the District Grand Prefects for their outstanding leadership.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome distinguished guests from our sister Provinces; Please restrain your enthusiasm until I complete the list –

From the Switzerland the Great Prior and National Grand Master, M.E.Kt. Hans Fischer,

From Belgium the Great Prior and National Grand Master, M.Revd.Kt. Daniel Bauwens. He has now completed his four-year term of office and will be retiring in November - he will be succeeded by R.Revd.Kt. Dirk de Boek – Congratulations Dirk, we wish you well. We also welcome R.Revd.Kt. Francis Clarembaux, R.Revd.Kt. David Hope and Revd.Kt. Keith Stevens.

From the France, the Grand Prior and National Grand Master, M.Revd.Kt. Luc Deschamps and from Brazil, Revd.Kt. Jorge Henrique Valle dos Santos.

Once again it is a delight to receive the support from the Heads of Orders and we welcome:

Revd.Kt. Raymond J. Smith, Pro Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons;

R.Revd.Kt. Paul R. Clement, Grand Mareschal, Grand Master of Knights Templar;

V.Revd.Kt. Graham L. Flight, Grand Treasurer, Grand Sovereign of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine;

V.Revd.Kt. Kessick J. Jones, President of my Council, Grand Master of the Order of Royal and Select Masters;

Revd.Kt. Andrew C. Sweeney, Grand Almoner, Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor;

Revd.Kt. Christopher G. Maiden, Grand High Priest of the Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom.

Revd.Kt. John Paternoster, Supreme Magus of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia

I now express my thanks to V.Revd.Kt. Jonathan Roberts: he has just retired after working so diligently for our Order, Jon we wish you a long and happy retirement. He will be succeeded in office by Revd.Kt. Daniel Heath. And finally my thanks to my Deputy, Dr John Wright, my Visitor General, Dr Vivian Thomas, my President, Kessick Jones, my Herald, Bob Morrow, my Treasurer, Graham Flight, my Mareschal, Paul Clement, my Chancellor, Ryan Williams and the team who work so assiduously for our Order at Mark Masons’ Hall.

I thank you all for your support in giving me such a rewarding time as your Grand Master, I hope you all gain fulfilment and pleasure from your membership of the Order. I think we now deserve some refreshment, God bless you all.

 

Address by The Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master 2017

Address by The Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master
Michael Edward Herbert, G.C.H.C.
to the Annual Meeting of Great Priory
Thursday 14 September 2017

KBHC Herbert 800Reverend Knights, Squire Novices and Brethren, a warm welcome to you all today and I wish you a memorable and happy day. This morning we worked the Sixth Degree of the Rectified Scottish Rite, the ceremony of Armament. 17 Squire novices were created and commissioned as Knights of the Order of Knights Beneficent of the Holy City. This is the supreme Degree, above all the ranks within the Order. We congratulate all those who have merited this high distinction. This afternoon we congratulate all those who have been appointed to, or promoted in, Grand Rank.

Last year we Consecrated 5 new Scottish Master of St. Andrew Lodges and I am delighted that the Regional Grand Prefects have reported that they are all flourishing and that the original Lodges continue to inspire and attract first class Candidates.

This year we have seen major changes to our leadership. Michael Southworth and Barry Burridge have succeeded Malcolm Moreland and Keith Jackson as Regional Grand Prefects. In addition, Angus Hannagan, who has been such a tower of strength and to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude has retired as Grand Chancellor. Ryan Williams has succeeded him in that office and we wish him many happy and prosperous years ahead.

Today we celebrate out tenth annual meeting and our first Grand Master, M.E. & Revd.Kt. Leslie Felgate Dring, who was the driving force behind the creation of our Grand Priory, would be so delighted that we have reached this landmark. At the inaugural meeting, he created four Regions and Installed four Regional Grand Prefects. Two of them, R.Revd.Kt.s Malcolm Moreland and Keith Jackson have retired today. They have led their Regions with enthusiasm and distinction. They had the task and the responsibility of starting their Regions from scratch. This they did, ensuring they were built on sure and sound foundations. They can be proud of their achievements as they pass on to their successors established thriving Regions. We thank them for their dedication and we know they will continue to give wise counsel and commitment to our Order.

Finally, I thank you all for your support and we look forward to peace and happiness in the years ahead.
God bless you all.

 

Rulers

M.Em. & Revd.Kt. Michael E. Herbert, G.C.H.C.
Grand Master

R.Revd.Kt. Dr John L. W. Wright, RD, G.C.H.C.
Grand Prior & Deputy Grand Master

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