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What Is Scottish Rite Masonry?

Often considered a “graduate course” in Freemasonry, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is a fraternity for men who wish to better themselves and the world through deeper exploration of the philosophy, values and teachings of 200 years of Freemasonry, through a series of allegorical degree presentations.  Members are given a “passport” that is stamped as they progress through the degree work, which may be offered live or online. 

Scottish Rite Core Values

  • Reverence for God

  • Devotion to Country

  • Integrity

  • Justice

  • Toleration

  • Service

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Governed by the Supreme Council Thirty-third Degree Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, and the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation, individual Valleys within the state are chartered within a general jurisdictional area.  The Valley of Erie covers Erie and Crawford counties in northwest Pennsylvania, but has members residing all over the globe. 

Within the Valley of Erie there are four bodies or separate organizations, each with their own officers.  Lodge, Council, Chapter and Consistory generally hold their stated meetings in joint session. 

The Valley of Erie Scottish Rite Bodies, situated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33o, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts, and whose Officers are from Supreme Council and the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation.

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Vision Statement

 

“We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members.”

Valley of Erie Scottish Rite Bodies

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Presque Isle Lodge of Perfection (Respectable Brothers) chartered on September 22, 1987, and the oldest of the four bodies, governs degrees 4 – 14.

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Erie Chapter of Rose Croix de H-D-R-M (Perfect Knights) also chartered on April 15, 1918 governs degrees 17 – 18.

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Erie Council Princes of Jerusalem (Valiant Knights) chartered on April 15, 1918 governs degrees 15 – 16. 

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Erie Consistory (Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret) chartered on January 31, 1921 governs degrees 19 – 32.

Degree Work

Degree work is exemplified in Fall and Spring “Reunions” with both live and streaming formats.  New initiates (candidates) are guests of honor as costumed members act out enjoyable scripted allegories and discuss the lessons learned.  Candidates who receive the 4th degree are considered members.  Most reunion events offer the 4th and 32nd Degrees plus three other degrees in between (the bookend concept).

Erie Scottish Rite Building

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4701 Old Zuck Road, Erie, PA  16506

The Erie Scottish Rite Building, built in 2003, serves as a meeting and event center for members of the Valley of Erie Scottish Rite Bodies.  The building and grounds occupy 4.4 acres of land located between Zuck and Old Zuck Roads in Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Members host a golf outing each year to benefit the Scottish Rite Building Project Fund.

Philanthropy

Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction members are encouraged to serve and give (as they are able) to their places of worship, masonic and other charitable organizations.  Erie Scottish Rite members support the following Supreme Council charitable funds through their dues:  the Grand Almoner’s Fund, Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Abbott Scholarships, the Scottish Rite Museum and Library, and the Member Education Fund. 

 

Locally, Erie Scottish Rite members are supportive of the following funds and charitable organizations:  The Scholarship Foundation of Erie Scottish Rite Bodies, Compass Reading Center, Inc., and the Valley Hospitaler Fund for members who are in medical or financial need. 

Member are encouraged to volunteer for community service project throughout the year.

2019-2022 Officers

SERVING ERIE PRESQUE ISLE LODGE OF PERFECTION 14th Degree (Constituted in 1887)

Bro. Bernard D. Hanmore, 32o, MSA *
Thrice Potent Master
Bro. Kevin A. Soles, 32o *
Deputy Master
Bro. Frank J. Pillitteri, Jr., 32o *
Senior Warden
Bro. Steven M. Smith 32o *
Junior Warden
Bro. Michael L. DeDad, 32o
Orator
Bro. Ethan R. Sykes, 32o
Master of Ceremonies
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Bro. Bernard D. Hanmore, 32 MSA

Thrice Potent Master

Presque Isle Lodge of Perfection

Degrees 1-14

SERVING ERIE COUNCIL, PRINCES OF JERUSALEM 16th Degree (Constituted in 1918)

Bro. Christian R. Mueller, 32o MSA *
Sovereign Prince
Bro. Russell K. McKinsey, 32o MSA *
High Priest
Bro. Ronald D. Swenson, 32o MSA *
Senior Warden
Bro. Thomas D. Watson, 32o *
Junior Warden
Bro. Dennis L. Lagan, 32o
Master of Ceremonies
Bro. Dale E. Konen, 32o
Master of Entrance
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Bro. Christian R. Mueller, 32 MSA

Sovereign Prince

Erie Council Princes of Jerusalem

Degrees 15-16

CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX 18th Degree (Constituted 1918)

Bro. James I. Sharpless, 32o *
Most Wise Master
Bro. Aaron M. Mathers, 32o *
Senior Warden
Bro. Brian S. Woodward, 32o *
Junior Warden
Bro. John M. Hartman, 32o
Orator
Bro. Kenneth L. Churchill, 32o
Master of Ceremonies
Bro. Michael N. Cain, 32o
Captain of the Guard
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Bro. James I. Sharpless, 32 MSA

Most Wise Master

Erie Chapter of Rose Croix

Degrees 17-18

SERVING ERIE CONSISTORY, S.P.R.S. 32rd Degree (Constituted 1921)  

Ill. Robert D. Gornall, Jr., 33o *
Commander-In-Chief
Ill. John H. Daneri, 33o MSA *
1st Lieutenant Commander
Ill. James M. Bowers, 33o MSA *
2nd Lieutenant Commander
Bro. John D. Karr, 32o MSA
Orator
Bro. Peter M. Kraus, 32o MSA
Chancellor
Bro. Robert A. Oakley, 32o MSA
Master of Ceremonies
Bro. Eric G. Olsen, 32o MSA
Captain of the Guard

SERVING ALL BODIES

Ill. Richard N. Fitzsimmons, 33o MSA *
Secretary
Bro. Paul J. Gornall, 32o MSA *
Treasurer
Ill. B. Scott Eaton, 33o MSA *
Trustee (Term 5/23)
Ill. R. Perrin Baker, 33o MSA *
Trustee (Term 5/23)
Ill. Michael A. Koncewicz, 33o MSA *
Trustee (Term 5/22)
Ill. James H. Richardson, 33o *
Trustee (Term 5/22)
Ill. Robert D. Gornall, Jr., 33o MSA
Director of Ritualistic Work
Bro. James I. Sharpless, 32o MSA
Hospitaler
Bro. David J. Lasher, 32o MSA
Tyler
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Ill. Robert D. Gornall, Jr., 33 MSA

Commander In Chief

Erie Consistory

Degrees 19-32

*Asterisk - elected Executive Board members and members of Council of Deliberation

  MSA - Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation Meritorious Service Award recipient

The Valley of Erie Scottish Rite Bodies, situated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33o, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts, and whose Officers are from Supreme Council and the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation.

PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL OF DELIBERATION OFFICERS

Ill. Robert J. Bateman, 33o
Deputy for Pennsylvania
Ill. John D. Cook, 33o
Secretary
Ill. Keith E. Parkinson, 33o
Active for NW Pennsylvania
Bro. Peter M. Kraus, 32o MSA
Deputy Representative for Erie
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SUPREME COUNCIL, NORTHERN MASONIC JURISDICTION

Ill. Keith E. Parkinson, 33o

Active for NW Pennsylvania

Bro. Peter M. Kraus, 32o MSA

Deputy Representative for Erie

Ill. David A. Glattly, 33o
Sovereign Grand Commander
Ill. Peter J. Samiec, 33o
Grand Lieutenant Commander & Grand Almoner
Ill. Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33o
Grand Chancellor