Degrees

Lodge of perfection

Lighthouse Lodge of Perfection (4°-14°)

The Lodge of Perfection confers the Ineffable Degrees, from the 4° to the 14° inclusive. They are called “Ineffable” because they are concerned with the ineffable or unutterable Name of God and with man’s eager quest for the true Name. In these eleven degrees, there is a profound unveiling of the character and purposes of God, “that high and holy One who inhabits eternity but dwells with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.”

In formal ritual and in drama, ten of these degrees, based upon Old Testament Scripture and legends from the era of King Solomon, elaborate the teachings of Symbolic Masonry and apply them to practical situations which are faced in everyday life. The Fourteenth Degree summarizes what has been taught and is a moral and philosophical climax.

Important practical lessons are taught in the eleven Ineffable Degrees: secrecy and silence in all confidential relationships; reverence and obedience to God; faithfulness to family and country; justice tempered by mercy; universal brotherhood; honesty in business relations; forgiveness of past injustices; and perseverance in overcoming the difficulties encountered in our progress toward Perfection. The honor of Masonry is placed in the hands of those who seek Perfection in character and who reverence the Ineffable Name of God.

Degree Leadership

Title Name
Thrice Potent Master Christopher P. Hokenson, MSA
Deputy Master Barrett R. Engle, MSA
Senior Warden Adam D. Holloway, MSA
Junior Warden Erik Booth
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Thrice Potent Master Andrew C. Martin, MSA
Deputy Master Donald B. Ferguson, MSA
Senior Warden Harry J. Rodgers, MSA
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Thrice Potent Master Russell G. Tiedman, MSA
Deputy Master Kirk J. Bielskis
Senior Warden Richard B. Fletcher Jr.
Junior Warden Christopher A. Sova
Orator Mitchel R. Patchkowski
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Thrice Potent Master James R. Peterman Jr., MSA
Deputy Master Colin R. Cruttenden
Senior Warden Andrew J. McNay
Junior Warden Omar H. Flores
Orator Bryon D. Senzig
 
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Thrice Potent Master Thomas F. Campbell II
Deputy Master Carl R. Grant
Princes of Jerusalim

Superior Council Princes of Jerusalem (15°-16°)

The two Historical Degrees conferred in a Council of Princes of Jerusalem cover the period from 538 to B.C. 516. They deal with persons and events connected with the end of the Babylonian Captivity of Israel, the return of some of the captives of Jerusalem, and the rebuilding of the Temple.

In the 15°, KNIGHT OF THE EAST OR SWORD, Zerubbabel, a Jewish captive, wins the favor of King Cyrus and the release of the Jews from captivity. Years later, in the 16°, PRINCE OF JERUSALEM, Zerubbabel returns to Babylon to plead with King Darius for military protection against the enemies of Israel and for more generous assistance in the rebuilding of the Temple. His skill in debate and his courage and integrity inspire Darius to grant his petitions. These degrees teach loyalty to conviction in the face of temptation, fidelity to duty in spite of hardships, and a devotion to Truth which is mighty above all things and which ultimately must prevail in the councils of mankind.

Degree Leadership

Title Name
Sovereign Prince John E. Tincher
High Priest David E. Edie
Senior Warden Lawrence J. Vincent
Junior Warden Mehmet K. Inal
 
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Sovereign PrinceWilson D. Brott, MSA
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Sovereign Prince Raymond J. Wilson
High Priest Stephen R. Striggow
Senior Warden Larry A. Inscho
Junior Warden John V. Berry
 
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Sovereign Prince Robert E. Cooper
High Priest Eric D. Russell, MSA
Senior Warden Lewis E. Parsell Jr., MSA
Junior Warden Scott A. Tavernier
 
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Sovereign Prince Mark L. Newton
High Priest Scott E. Sutherland
 
Rose Croix

Great Lakes Chapter Rose Croix (17°-18°)

The Chapter of Rose Croix confers two Philosophical Degrees. The historical setting of these degrees is within the Christian era but without any prescribed date. Their message is universal; their fellowship may include all men who believe in one Supreme Being whatever their nation, race, or creed.

The 17°—KNIGHT OF THE EAST AND WEST—dramatizes man’s failure to learn from the ages. In the 18°—KNIGHT OF THE ROSE CROIX OF HERODOM—a Knight of the East and West learns that by the aid of three guiding virtues, Faith, Hope, and Charity, he may discover the New Law of Love. The Rose on the Cross typifies the beauty and glory of the New Law incarnate in the lives of men. The degree is deeply religious without any sectarian bias.

Degree Leadership

Title Name
Most Wise Master Douglas A. Wolfe, MSA
Senior Warden Daniel I. Hammerberg
Junior Warden Jason E. Makinen
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Sovereign Prince Wilson D. Brott, MSA
Senior Warden Keith L. Wright, MSA
Junior Warden Don M. Mills, MSA
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Most Wise Master Ronald L. Hynds
Senior Warden Steven J. Kinde
Junior Warden Gregory C. Dostal
Orator Frederick E. Kaiser Jr., 33°
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Most Wise Master Kevin E. Perry
Senior Warden Roy J. Mahany
Junior Warden Justin E. Lovorn
Orator Michael J. Banks
 
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Most Wise Master Chris S. Morgan
Senior Warden Andrew W. Tabor
Consistory

Michigan Sovereign Consistory (19°-32°)

Fourteen “Traditional”, “Chivalric”, and “Modern” Degrees – from the 19° to the 32° inclusive, are conferred in a Consistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret. Each Degree dramatizes its own unique and independent message and applies it to a familiar life situation.

In the area of morals, certain Consistory Degrees teach the ultimate victory of good over evil, the dignity of labor, the sacredness of duty, and unselfish service as the test of one’s religious professions. A leader of men is taught that he must be righteous if he aspires to influence others and that he should listen, with an open mind, to the lessons of the ages.

In social relations, the Consistory teaches that toleration is respect for the opinions and religious convictions of others; that he who judges others must himself be above reproach; that it is noble to forgive but ignoble to seek revenge; that a Freemason who commits a felony will not be shielded by his brethren; and that he should have faith in himself, in his fellowman, and in God.

In the area of national affairs, the Consistory holds firmly to the separation of Church and State and teaches that treason is a crime over which Masonry casts no mantle of charity. It proclaims that the crowning glory, in any human life, is that sacrificial love which impels one to lay down his life for a friend.

Degree Leadership

Title Name
Commander-in-Chief Richard E. Rozman, MSA
1st Lt. Commander Anthony Giorgianni, MSA
Orator Travis T. Freeman, MSA
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Commander-in-Chief Clarence W. Meyer Jr., 33°
1st Lt. Commander Timothy L. Birch, 33°
2nd Lt. Commander Larry Seale, 33°
Orator William C. Meyer, 33°
Chancellor John H. Challender, MSA
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Commander-in-Chief Dirk W. Hughes, 33°
1st Lt. Commander Mark H. Halt, MSA
2nd Lt. Commander Blair B. Schadler, 33°
Orator Bruce G. Rice
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Commander-in-Chief Brian P. Brown
1st Lt. Commander David J. Crosby Jr.
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