The Masonic Order of Pilgrim Preceptors
Grand Conclave of the Masonic Order of Pilgrim Preceptors
M Ill Bro. Stephen M. Ayres, JP, Grand Master
R.Ill.Bro. Tom Auber, Regional Governor
Tel. 01394 384419
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
This web site relates to Eastern Counties Region of the Order the counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Any enquires relating to matters outside this Region should be made to :-
The Grand Secretary 315 Sarehole Road Hall Green BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B280AL Email: email@example.com
REGION OF THE EASTERN COUNTIES
The Order is based on the story of how Freemasonry came from Jerusalem to England. Candidates are admitted to the degree of Pilgrim, which describes the journey of Freemasonry from Jerusalem to Rome. The second degree is that of Preceptor, and explains the journey from Rome to England. The third degree is the Installation into the chair as an Illustrious Preceptor. The ethos of the Order, and its motto, is “Fraternity, Equality and Liberty”. Membership is by invitation, and members must be subscribing Past First Principals of a regular Royal Arch Chapter and subscribing Past Masters of a regular Craft Lodge.
During the late 1870s three Companions conceived the idea of using some of the information they had found in northern Masonic libraries to develop a Masonic ceremony called “the Pilgrim Preceptors”, but made no attempt to invite others to join them or to see the ceremony performed. In the 1970s, the son of one of the three conferred the Order on another Companion, who “initiated” five Companions, but nothing more happened until 1984, when the Order was revived and a new ritual produced.
Changes to the Order have been made: the title of units has changed from Preceptory to Conclave, the unit which had originally governed the Order became a Sovereign Grand Conclave and a Time Immemorial Conclave was formed to admit new members. The Order has continued to expand and there are now more than twenty Conclaves in England, USA and Greece.