Most Excellent Great Chief

Years 2020/2021 – Years K.M. 2556/2557

=>  Year 2021 K.M. 2557 due to 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC <=

M.E. Sir Knight Bernard V.A.P.J. Woods



“Alere Flammam Veritatis”

(Let the flame of truth shine)

2nd April, 2020.

Dear Sir Knights,

We, you and I, are at times obliged to take decisions that may not please all concerned, although taken in the light of Brotherly Love.


We have had to cancel our Spring Grand Council Stated Meeting that would have been held on Saturday, 28th March, 2020.

We now have to accept that to cancel our Summer Grand Council Stated Meeting that was planned for Saturday, 30th May, 2020, is the correct decision at this date, being supported by wide-ranging worldwide advice.

GCKM Law, Nos. 13, 14, 15, 16: traditionally, we would have accepted Nominations for Grand Officers for the year 2021 at the Summer 2020 Grand Council Stated Meeting (30.05.2020), and to be brought forward for Election for 2021 at the Autumn Grand Council Stated Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, 24th October, 2020.   That long-established pattern has been disrupted this year by the COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

In order to respect the GCKM Grand Officers elected for the year 2020, as their terms have been irreversibly disrupted in the current year, I have decided that resumption of the norm will recommence as and from the Summer Grand Council Stated Meeting to be held on Saturday, 5th June, 2021 (D.V.).   In other words, the elected GCKM Grand Officers for 2020 will please continue to serve for the year 2021.

GCKM Law No. 20: following tradition, the M.E. Great Chief will make the announcements of his Appointments for the year 2021 at the Autumn Grand Council Stated Meeting to be held on Saturday, 24th October, 2020 (D.V.); and to include whatever changes in personnel are deemed to be necessary for the resuscitation and development of the management of the Grand Council of Knight Masons.

GCKM Law No. 28: subordinate Councils of Knight Masons shall follow the procedure as outlined above for Grand Officers.   Otherwise, requested variation from a minority of Councils may be submitted to the R.E. Grand Scribe for consideration and, if thought to be laudable, be brought before Grand Council for approval, retrospectively if apposite.

GCKM Law Nos. 29, 30:   at this date assuming resumption of normal subordinate Council of Knight Masons’ Meetings in the second half of this year 2020, these Laws shall remain in force.   The traditional rhythm of our Masonic Chivalric Order is to be resumed as soon as possible for all of the evident reasons.

Thank you, in anticipation of your co-operation, and wishing you and your loved ones good health, peace and happiness.

Fraternally yours,


Great Chief

Chivalric Freemasonry

Grand Council of Knight Masons is a Sovereign Masonic Order with control of the ancient Irish degrees known as the Red Cross or Babylonian Degrees.   These ancient Irish Degrees of Knight Masonry are of high esoteric and symbolic value and the building of the second Temple forms the theme.

Persia Council, No. 008, was dedicated in 2008 as our Research body for further discovery of our history and is based at Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin, Ireland. Papers and or submissions are always welcome and will receive respectful scholarly examination by this research body.

Grand Council of Knight Masons’ Councils now number 115 and are located in Ireland and in Ohio, U.S.A.; South Africa; Hong Kong; Jamaica; Tasmania; India; Gibraltar; Australia; New Zealand; Bermuda; Greece; England and Singapore.   Today the Chivalric Order of Knight Masons is rapidly growing in membership with the ever developing presence of Councils around the globe.

Craft Masons, advanced as Mark Master Masons and Royal Arch Masons, are eligible and welcome to become Knight Masons, thus attaining the rank and dignity of the complete series of degrees within Irish Universal Masonry.

Those who qualify do not have to be invited,

they are encouraged to enquire.

It is often said that Knight Masonry is the friendliest and most relaxed of all our Masonic branches.   Whilst Knight Masonry is a global institution, Councils are fraternally bound together.   By becoming a Knight Mason, one discovers a closer degree of friendship and fellowship with brethren.

Thank you for visiting us.

Bernard V.A.P.J. Woods
Great Chief


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