What Is Scottish Rite Masonry?

The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant fraternities of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. In the United States the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is officially recognized by Grand Lodges as an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. It builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the Blue Lodge through dramatic presentation of individual degrees in an effort to inspire men and strengthen community.

We plan our meeting and event calendar around the slogan “ICE,” which stands for Inspiration, Convenience, and Enjoyment. A large part of the “inspiration” comes from presenting and receiving the various “degrees.” Degree work is made up of dramatic skits and plays that reflect Scottish Rite Core Values. The six core values represented are: Reverence for God, Integrity, Justice, Tolerance, Devotion to Country, and Service to Humanity.

Scottish Rite in the Erie, PA area is governed by the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ). The NMJ refers to state organizations as Councils of Deliberation and the local bodies are organized into Valleys. Our local body is known as the "Valley of Erie."

According to the NMJ, "the Scottish Rite seeks to strengthen the community and believes that each man should act in civil life according to his individual judgment and the dictates of his conscience."

Scottish Rite membership is open to all Masonic Blue Lodge members in good standing.

New members reunion class of 2011

Spotlight on Leadership

The Supreme Council, 33°, for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is the governing body for Scottish Rite Freemasonry. With its headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Supreme Council is governed by a board of directors comprised of some fifty 33° Masons, called "Active Members." The chief executive officer's title is Sovereign Grand Commander. Each of the 15 states within the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction has a "Deputy," who is the executive officer for the Rite within his state. He is supported by the remaining Active Members. There is at least one Active Member in addition to the Deputy in each state. Some states have as many as five Active Members. The purposes of the Supreme Council are clearly defined in its Declaration of Principles