Lancaster Lodge of Perfection

Who are we? 1900 Master Masons advanced to the 14th degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

Where are we? Lancaster Masonic Center. 213 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster PA 17603.

When do we meet? The third Tuesday of the month except December, June, July, and August.

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

Mission Inspire our members by emphasizing our Core Values: Reverence for God, Devotion to Country, Integrity, Justice, Toleration, and Service. Ensure that activities are convenient. Provide enjoyable programs and fraternal fellowship.


Allegiance The body of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Lancaster, State of Pennsylvania acknowledges and yields allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°  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:

III:. John William McNaughton, 33°……………………..Sovereign Grand Commander

III:.Gail N. Kemp, 33°…………………………………………Grand Lieutenant Commander

III:.Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33°…………………………………………Deputy for Pennsylvania 

ACTIVE MEMBERS OF SUPREME COUNCIL

III:. Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33°…………………………………………………………..Pittsburgh

III:. Jeffery W. Coy, 33°………………………………………………………………..Shippensburg

III:. George Nakonetschny, 33°…………………………………………………………….Perkasie

III:. Robert J. Bateman, 33°……………………………………………………….Clifton Heights

III:. Keith E. Parkinson, 33°……………………………………………………………………Beaver 

EMERITUS MEMBERS OF SUPREME COUNCIL

III:. George R. Moad, 33°…………………………………………………………..Elizabethtown

III:. Richard G. Hawk, 33°…………………………………………………………..Elizabethtown

III:. C. DeForrest Trexler, 33°……………………………………………………….Elizabethtown

III:. Russell W. Baker, 33°…………………………………………………………….Elizabethtown

III:. William W. McCarrier, 33°………………………………………………………………..Butler 

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — The source is unknown.


The first portion of the Scottish Rite system of degrees is called The Lodge of Perfection. This series of degrees includes the 4th° through to the 14° and are referred to as the ineffable degrees. Ineffable comes from the Latin ineffibilis which means something that should not be spoken.

The 15° through 32° are not conferred in the Valley of Lancaster. Most of our member choose to continue on to the Valley of Harrisburg or the Valley of Reading for further advancement.

The Council of Princes of Jerusalem confers the 15°  and 16°, which teach lessons using the settings based on the Babylonian captivity of the Hebrews and the building of the second Temple.

The Chapter of Rose Croix confers the 17° and 18°, and is the spiritual heart of the Scottish Rite. These degrees teach us that the only lasting Temple is in the soul of man.

The Consistory confers the 19° -32°. These degrees portray many memorable lessons that range in settings from the day of chivalry through the 20th century.

Achieving the 33° is an honor that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason. It is not campaigned for. It is granted solely by the Supreme Council. A 33° Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion, and sacrifice to his craft. The Supreme Council awards the 33° as a way of honoring outstanding and selfless work performed in the Rite or in public life. At its annual session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the degree. Members unanimously so elected become Honorary Members of the Supreme Council.

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