The Grand College of Rites is a regular Masonic body, dedicated to preserving the history and rituals of defunct and inactive Masonic orders. (Click on “History of the GCR” and “Story of the Innovators” in the ABOUT menu at the top of the page for more information on the history of the Grand College of Rites.)
The Grand College of Rites has for its major objects:
- The study of the history and ritual of all Rites, Systems and Orders of Freemasonry not under the control, jurisdiction and/or stewardship or regularly existing and recognized Masonic bodies.
- The elimination of sporadic efforts to resuscitate or perpetuate Rites, Systems and Orders of Freemasonry in the United States, except to bring them under control of the Grand College of Rites.
- The collection and preservation of rituals of various Rites, Systems and Orders of Freemasonry ordinarily not available to Masonic students.
This organization shall be known and designated as “The Grand College of Rites of the United States of America”
The Grand College of Rites, as such, in loyal recognition of the regularly and accepted standing of the organized Masonic bodies actively operating in the United States, shall refrain from any encroachment upon their ritualistic systems.
Membership (termed “Fellow”) in the Grand College of Rites, may be obtained by application of any Master Mason holding membership and in good standing in a regular symbolic Lodge recognized by a majority of the Grand Lodges of Freemasonry in the United States. Members may use the title “F.G.C.R.” as a particular designation.
(*note* Those Master Masons who meet the above criteria may obtain a membership petition by clicking here.)
Article IV–Fees and Donations
There shall be a joining fee for membership in the Grand College of Rites and each Fellow shall contribute a donation annually, to defray the cost of publications of the Grand College, and operating expenses. The fees shall be determined by the Grand Chancellor and will be sufficient to cover the costs of mailing and publication. (*note* Please review the petition for current dues/fees.)
A Fellow who fails to donate for two years may be suspended from membership in the Grand College. Reinstatement of any Fellow may be made by payment of donations due at the time of his suspension, plus the current year donation.
A Fellow who has held membership in the Grand College of Rites for thirty years, shall become a Life Fellow, without any further payment of donations. There may be elected Life Fellows, so elected because of outstanding contributions made to Grand College, who shall be exempt from further donations.
The official seal and insignia of the Grand College of Rites shall be a special adaptation of a Greek Cross superimposed on a pair of crossed swords saltaire pointing down, the dross containing: a circle in the center, a square on the bottom arm, a triangle pointing up on the top arm, a five pointed star with one point up surrounding a pentagon on the left arm and Seal of Solomon on the right arm.
The Officers of the Grand College of Rites, all of whom shall be elected by a majority vote at the Annual Convocation, and be installed forthwith, are:
- M.Ill. Grand Chancellor
- R.Ill. Senior Vice-Chancellor
- R.Ill. Junior Vice-Chancellor
- R.Ill. Grand Treasurer
- R.Ill. Grand Registrar
- R.Ill. Grand High Prelate
- R.Ill. Grand Archivist
- R.Ill. Grand Redactor
- R.Ill. Grand Mareschal
- R.Ill. Grand Seneschal
The title of the Grand Chancellor and the Past Grand Chancellors shall be “Most Illustrious,” and that of the other Grand Officers and Past Grand Officers “Right Illustrious.”
Meetings of the Grand College of Rites shall be termed “Convocations.” There shall be an Annual Convocation at such time and place in February as determined by the Most Illustrious Grand Chancellor, who may convoke Special Convocations at such time and place as may be expedient, by notice to the Fellowship fifteen (15) days before the date of any such Convocation. In case of emergency the Most Illustrious Grand Chancellor may change the time and place of the Annual Convocation-with due notice to the Fellowship.
A quorum of the Grand College of Rites shall be fifteen Fellows, including one of the first three Grand Officers. In the absence of the first three Grand Officers, the Most Illustrious Grand Chancellor shall designate and appoint any Past Grand Chancellor to preside, who will have the powers and rights of the Most Illustrious Grand chancellor during the Convocation. Honorary Fellows shall have a voice but no vote in Grand College.
The Standing Committees of Grand College shall be appointed by the Grand Chancellor and shall include:
- Financial Review
- Grand Chancellor’s Allocution
- Board of General Purposes
This Constitution may be amended, altered or changed at any Annual Convocation of the Grand College of Rites by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Fellows present and voting.
(Adopted: May 12, 1932; Amended: 2/21/37, 2/22/58, 2/2/70, 2/22/91, 2/18/94, 2/24/95, 2/13/2010)