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VALLEY OF SAN ANTONIO
Venerable Master, San Antonio
Lodge of Perfection
Nick R. Ramos, 33°
Venerable Master, Rio Grande Valley
Lodge of Perfection
Jay Alvarez , 32° KCCH
San Antonio Chapter of Rose Croix
William M. Gerhardt III., 32º KCCH
“THE UNIVERSITY OF FREEMASONRY”
San Antonio Council of Kadosh
Stuart D. Shaw, 32º KCCH
Seekers of truth
SEARCHERS FOR THE LIGHT
Venerable Master of Kadosh,
San Antonio Consistory
Oscar Flores, 32º, KCCH
EXPLORERS OF PHILOSOPHIC Mysteries
James W. Todd, 33°
Your are invited to join
Secretary, Recorder and Registrar
Ronald G. Havens, 32° KCCH
Phone: (210) 222-0133
Stuart H. Simms , 32° KCCH, PVM
At the Scottish Rite Temple
Sovereign Grand Commander
RONALD A. SEALE, 33°
PUBLISHED PERIODICALLY BY AND
FOR THE SAN ANTONIO SCOTTISH
RITE BODIES OF THE ORIENT OF
308 Avenue E
P. O. Box 2239
San Antonio, TX 78298-2239
FAX (210) 222-0136
Deputy of the Supreme Council in Texas
MICHAEL L. WIGGINS, 33°
Chairman, Executive Committee and
Personal Representative of the Deputy
of the Supreme Council in Texas
ROBERT C. MADISON, 33° PVM, PC
“Elu of the Twelve ”
This degree teaches sympathy. We should
be sympathetic to our Brother Masons
and to all mankind as well.
7PM at the Cathedral
Toll Free 1 (866) 222-9293
Editor: James C. “Chris” Williams IV KSA
Upcoming Events to Remember!!!
2 June 2016
May 4th — Stated Meeting
May 12th &13th — Dinner
Meeting at: 7:30PM
May 24th — Executive/Advisor
meeting (6:30 PM)
May 25th — Continuing Masonic
AT THE Education
June 1st — StatedScottish
of the Manifesto
The San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies
meet jointly on the first Thursday of each
month. All correspondence and business
pertaining to the Valley of San Antonio
should be addressed to the Secretary, San
Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies.
The Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry sitting in the
Valley of San Antonio, Orient of Texas,
acknowledge and yield allegiance to the
Supreme Council (Mother Council of the
World) of the Inspectors General, Knights
Commander of the House of the Temple of
Solomon, of the Thirty Third and Last
Degree of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, for the
Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of
America, whose See is at Charleston, in the
State of South Carolina, now sitting at
Washington, D. C..
June 28th — Executive/Advisor
RSVP with the front
June 29th — Continuing Masonic Education
July 6th — Stated Meeting canceled
Three Month Calendar
July 26th — Executive/Advisor
meeting (6:30 PM)
— Stated meeting
June 29th —Executive/Advisor meeting
July 7th — Stated Meeting
Lodge Education Program
Masonic Education Programs Available for Stated or Called Meetings
August– 4th — E-mail
No. 897, Anchor meeting
No. 424 who
hosted 2, and Cibolo No. 151 for hosting Masonic
Education Programs in April!
Robert C. Madison 33°
Personal Representative of the
Deputy of the Supreme
Council in Texas
Greetings from your Chairman:
I hope you all had a Very Happy Easter with your Families and Friends.
We have a REUNION coming up on the 12th and 13th of May. This is a Reunion not just for the new
candidates, but for ALL Scottish Rite Brothers. It is a time to see friends that you have not seen for
a while, to make new friends, and just have a fun time with Scottish Rite Masons. Please accept this
invitation for a wonderful weekend.
Don’t deprive yourself of further education in Masonry. We have such a good time at Continuing
Masonic Education and learn so much. Do yourself a favor and come visit us just once, you’ll be
hooked. See you there!
If you were not at your April stated meeting, you missed out on a great time, where
we commemorated a very special Brother, Keith Rollins, 32° KCCH, who recently
passed away. You may recall that Keith worked in the wardrobe room during our
Reunions and was very faithful in attending our stated meetings. Well, after
Keith went to be with our Lord, his wife decided to donate to the San Antonio
Scottish Rite the eagle that Keith always wore around his neck. So, at the April
meeting, the eagle was auctioned to the highest bidder. The bidding started at $50
but rose quickly, and before too long, a bidding contest arose between Jack
Walters, 32°, and Bruce Dickinson, 32°. The final and winning bid for the eagle
was made by Bruce, (pictured to the right) for $525. Then Jack decided he would
donate his last bid amount of $500, making a total of $1,025 for our building. Not
stopping there, Bill Jones, 32° KCCH, made a donation as well. I know that Keith
would be very happy that his eagle helped raise as much money for our building as
Finally, it is with deepest regret that I must inform you of the passing of our Friend and Brother
Richard Vickery, III, 32° KSA, on the 14th of April. He was the Chairman of our VMAP Committee
and a member of our Education team. He will be sorely missed. Please keep his fiancé Melissa
Alderman and both of their families in your prayers.
Ill. Robert C. Madison, 33°
San Antonio Consistory
Boy oh Boy, those of you who did not attend "Bring a Brother" workshop really
Just as I promised, the presenters (Brethren) did an excellent job. Now you are
probably saying, "I really wanted to go". Well now, you are getting another
opportunity. In a few months a second "Bring a Brother" workshop will be offered.
When the date is finalized, I will let you know.
Our Scottish Rite Spring Reunion will take place on May 12th & 13th. On Friday the 12th we will
begin in the early evening. On Saturday the 13th, we will have an early start and should conclude prior to
5:00 p.m. The next Stated Meeting is scheduled for May 4th. Please join us at Good Time Charlie's Bar
and Cafe (2922 Broadway) for dinner at 6:00 p.m., then we will proceed to the Scottish Rite Cathedral
for our Stated Meeting. I will see you there.
Additionally, please mark your calendars for June 1st as we will be celebrating the Feast of the
Manifesto. Further details and information will be forthcoming.
Oscar Flores, 32 KCCH
Venerable Master of Kadosh
Max Charleswell, Jerry King, and Robert Madison starting up the
Schutzen Society after a too long of a hiatus
“String of Pearls”
To every Mason, the
soul of man is immortal.
Whether it emanates
Jason S. West, Chief, Reid McLeod, Stacy Kruse, Robert Park, Past Chief
from and will return to
God, and what its
continued mode of
each judges for himself.
Scottish Rite Knights of St.
Masonry was not made
Andrew participate in
to settle that.
To every Mason,
FORCE or STRENGTH,
and HARMONY, or
FITNESS and BEAUTY,
are the Trinity of the
attributes of God. With
the subtleties of
them Masonry does not
meddle, nor decide as
to the reality of the
which are their
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There are more than 30 programs available
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Laughter in the Rite
An Engineer dies... and goes to Hell.
Dissatisfied with the level of comfort, he
starts designing and building
improvements. After a while, Hell has air
conditioning, flush toilets and escalators.
The engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day God calls and asks Satan, "So,
how's it going down there?"
Satan says, "Hey things are going great.
We've got air conditioning and flush toilets
and escalators, and there's no telling what
this engineer is going to come up with
God is horrified. "What? You've got an
engineer? That's a mistake - he should
never have gone down there! You know all
engineers go to Heaven. Send him up
Satan says, "No way. I like having an
engineer on the staff. I'm keeping him."
God says, "Send him back up here or I'll
"Yeah, right," Satan laughs, "and where are
you going to get a lawyer?"
Brethren this is the kind of thing
that we need to support. These
others is what will
generate the income and
visibility and allow us to keep
our beautiful Scottish Rite
Cathedral not only an important
part of our community but one
of the important symbols of
Freemasonry in San Antonio .
Please consider patronizing this
and other presentations and
help your Scottish Rite.
An international news story when published last year,
now in paperback: A historical detective story leads to
dramatic and ground-breaking revelations about the life
and times of Jesus.
Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an
ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an
anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years
old, possibly dating to the first century. And now, The Lost
Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into
English of this unique document that tells the inside story of
Jesus’ social, family, and political life.
The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled
historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript.
What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it
is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary
Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering
presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on
Jesus’ life (thirteen years prior to the crucifixion); an
assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their
children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest
level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that
antedates that of Paul―the Church of Mary Magdalene.
Part historical detective story, part modern adventure, The
Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain
sight for millennia.
Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society
in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an
alchemist, healer, and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion
and savage ridicule, becoming the subject of novels by Alexander
Dumas, a drama by Goethe, and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.
But Cagliostro’s sincere belief in the magical powers, even the
immortality, of what he called the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry
made him dangerous enemies, too. In 1789, he was arrested by the
Inquisition and condemned to death for heresy.
Now, the discovery of a mysterious manuscript found in the
Archives of the Grand Lodge of Scotland may shine a light on
Cagliostro’s secret spiritual teachings, and allow us, finally, a full
understanding of his beliefs. The Masonic Magician tells
Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English
translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. It presents the case
made against him (that he was an impostor as well as a heretic), and
finds that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a
terrible injustice. This scholarly account, drawing on remarkable
new documentary evidence, reveals that the man condemned was in
Scottish Rite learning Center
Dr. James Walker Todd
The Scottish Rite learning Center of South
Texas celebrated another milestone on April
25, 2017! The Center graduated Ten 2nd year
students and Ten Dyslexia Therapists all in
one great ceremony!
The afternoon’s festivities was kick-started by
a welcome by our Administrator, Janet Flory,
who is a highly qualified Practitioner of
Childhood Language Disorders and the
Director of our Program in San Antonio.
Following the opening prayer and pledge to
the Nation’s flag, attendees were treated to a
magnificent slide show presented by the
Dyslexia Therapist Graduates, depicting both
the challenges and the rewards of our
curriculum at the Center.
Certificates and floral tributes were presented
to the therapist graduates with hearty
applause for each one in recognition of their
successes during the rigorous two-year
certification process. Many friends and
relatives were on hand to lend their support
for these certified teachers, who have now
added additional certifications to their
resumes, and bring additional skills to their
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