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THE FIRST TRADITIONAL OBSERVANCE LODGE IN CANADA, RECEIVES DISPENSATION TO WORK AS LODGE January, 2008 Bath, Ontario
Templum Fidelis Club has successfully petitioned the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario for a Dispensation to work as a Masonic Lodge. With the addition of this newest Traditional Observance Lodge the character of Traditional Observance Freemasonry has truly become North American. Congratulations to the members of Templum Fidelis Lodge, U.D.!
ST. JOHN'S LODGE NO. 1, THE OLDEST LODGE IN NEW YORK, SUCCESSFULLY APPLIES FOR RECOGNITION AS A TRADITIONAL OBSERVANCE LODGE December, 2007 New York, NY St. John's Lodge No.1, the oldest lodge in the state of New York, dating back to 1757, has successfully applied to the Masonic Restoration Foundation for recognition as a Traditional Observance Lodge.
The MRF Board of Directors was honored to receive and evaluate the request for recognition. Based on information available to the Board about the traditional practices that St. John's Lodge No. 1 has adopted and those that its officers appear committed to working toward, it was a pleasure for the Board to grant the request. The Board has been impressed with the lodge's achievements and commitment to pursuing a traditional vision.
St. Johns Lodge is perhaps most famous for possessing the Bible upon which George Washington took the Oath of Office at his inauguration as first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. For more information about the Bible please visit the lodge's website at http://www.stjohns1.org/bible.htm.
The lodge's Masonic seniority, its guardianship of the Inaugural Bible and its enriching processes for candidates have long upheld its dignity and honor, and it is most laudable that its officers now seek to take the lodge to even greater heights through the Traditional Observance vision.
With the addition of St. John's Lodge No. 1 there will be two of the oldest lodges in their respective Masonic jurisdictions within the North American unity of Traditional Observance Freemasonry. (The other being Saint Paul Lodge Number Three in Saint Paul, Minnesota.) This will greatly help to empower the Foundation's efforts in restoring the lost traditions and strength of North American Freemasonry.
The Foundation is grateful to all Traditional Observance lodges laboring together with us in this Great Work at such a critical time. The Traditional Observance standard is a mark of distinction, quality and commitment to the guardianship of the initiatic tradition within Freemasonry and the Foundation is confident that St. John's Lodge No. 1 will exemplify this standard with honor and dignity.