Monday, 15 June 2015

Grand Lodge of Liberia celebrates St. John the Baptist's Feast Day


The Subordinate Lodges of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Liberia will be celebrating St. John the Baptist Feast Day on June 24, 2015. Brethren are cordially invited to The Celebration of St. John the Baptist Feast Day at 12.00 PM at The Grand Masonic Temple (West Benson), St Procession to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for Church Service & Rally.


After that there will be a return to The Grand Masonic Temple for Banquet. The dress code mentioned will be Black Suit, White Bow & Gloves, Bowler Hat. All Brethren are asked to take note and govern themselves accordingly.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Grand Lodge of Liberia to host a Thanksgiving Service for passing over Ebola


The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons, A.F & A.M - Republic of Liberia
will host a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday (22 February 6015) at 3 P.M.
at The Grand Masonic Temple, West Benson St. Monrovia, Liberia,
thanking The G.A.O.T.U for his manifold Blessings and Watch over us
during this trying moments of the EBOLA Virus Pandemic
and also Honoring some Health Workers and Individuals.


It is mandatory that all Freemasons within this Jurisdiction are in attendance.

Dress Code: Full Masonic Regalia and Note Short Coat
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RSVP: The Grand Secretary
Rt. Wo. Bro. N. Oswald Tweh
0886 512925


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Passing of Brother Johnnie N. Lewis, former Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia


With sorrow we inform all Brethren of the passing of Brother Johnnie N. Lewis, former Chief Justice  of the Republic of Liberia and Past Secretary of Excelsior Lodge #4 A.F. & A.M. Greenville, Sinoe County. 


Johnnie N. Lewis (April 16, 1946 - January 21, 2015) was a Liberian lawyer and politician. A native of Sinoe County, Lewis was educated at the University of Liberia in Monrovia and at Yale Law School in the United States. He was the 18th Chief Justice of Liberia, serving from 2006 to 2012. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, he served as a judge in Liberia’s circuit court system.

Lewis was born to Roderick N. Lewis and Mary Houston-Lewis in Greenville, Sinoe County, Liberia on April 16, 1946. His father was a lawyer while his mother was a school teacher in a family with four boys and two girls. He earned an education at St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School followed by Sinoe High School. For college he attended the University of Liberia in Monrovia where he earned a bachelor of arts degree, followed by a bachelor of laws degree from the university’s Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. Graduating in 1969, he earned cum laude honors from the law school and was editor of the Liberian Law Journal. Lewis was admitted to the country’s bar association that year before moving to the United States to continue his legal education. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1971 with a masters in law degree. In 1991 he also assisted with the transitional government as legal adviser to the president of the interim Government.

In 2006, the Liberian Bar Association recommended Lewis be nominated by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to serve as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. President Johnson-Sirleaf then nominated him in February and he was confirmed by the Liberian Senate on March 2, 2006. Lewis was commissioned as the new Chief Justice on March 3. Upon taking office, he vowed to fight corruption that had plagued the judicial branch in the country. Lewis died in the United States in January 2015, while undergoing medical treatment.



Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Passing of Past Grand Master of Liberia, Most Worshipful Phillip Lysander Brumskin 33°


We would like to inform you about the passing of Hon. Philip Johnson Lysandas Brumskine,
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge of Masons, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons.

The wake and funeral services were held on 23 & 24 January 2015
at the Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church (home church of late Philip J.L. Brumskine)
in downtown Brooklyn NY (United States of America).


We thank for the information to Worshipful Brother E. Bright-Davies.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

African Grand Lodges attended GLNF's Annual Communication in Paris


According to the Masonic Press Agency, the Grand Lodges of Ghana (represented by the Grand Master), Mauritius (represented by the Assistant Grand Master), Niger (represented by the Grand Master), Cameroon (represented by the Grand Master, which is also Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country), Djibouti (represented by the Deputy Grand Master), Congo (represented by the Pro Grand Master), Morocco (represented by the Grand Master), Guinea (represented by the Grand Master), Burkina Faso (represented by the Assistant Grand Master and by the Grand Chancellor), Madagascar (represented by the Assistant Grand Master), Benin (represented by the Grand Master), Togo (represented by the Grand Master), Ivory Coast (represented by the Grand Master) and Gabon (represented by the Past Grand Master) attended the Annual Communication of the French National Grand Lodge held on December 6th in Paris. 


Friday, 10 October 2014

2014 Annual Communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Egypt


The Masonic Press Agency informs that the Annual Communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Egypt will take place from 11 to 13 October 2014. The same source states that SGLE claims to have been regularly established as the successor of the National Grand Lodge of Egypt, closed in 1964.

We recall that we have published an article regarding this Grand Lodge on 16 November 2013

Monday, 25 August 2014

Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Temple of the Grand Lodge of Liberia was closed while African Freemasons take precautions against Ebola


Since Ebola started manifesting with brutality this year around the world started a press campaign of information on the gravity of this disease. Thus, the spread of Ebola on other continents may cause problems among the population.

Part of the African Grand Lodges took precautions against the disease and the most important information arrived from Liberia where the Grand Master decided to close the Grand Temple in Monrovia. The central Masonic headquarters was closed on 28 July 2014, meaning that all Masonic activities, meetings, Initiations and burials will take place no more until a new disposal of the Most Worshipful Grand Master.

photo: cnn.com

Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. There is then typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, some people begin to have problems with bleeding.

The disease can be acquired when a person comes into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal such as a monkey or fruit bat. Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the virus without being affected by it. Once infection of a human occurs, the disease may be spread from one person to another. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via their semen for nearly two months. To make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fever are first excluded. The blood may then be tested for antibodies to the virus, the viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.

Prevention includes decreasing the spread of the disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking these types of animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as is wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person who has the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.

There is no specific treatment for the virus. Efforts to help persons who are infected include giving them either oral rehydration therapy or intravenous fluids. The disease has a high mortality rate: often between 50% and 90% of those who are infected with the virus. The disease was first identified in the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Between 1976, when it was first identified, through 2013, fewer than 1,000 people a year have been infected. The largest outbreak to date is the ongoing 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, which is affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. As of July 2014 more than 1320 cases have occurred. Efforts are ongoing to develop a vaccine; however, none exists as of 2014.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Grand Master of Togo to chair one of the round tables of the World Conference of Grand Lodges


The Masonic Press Agency informs that Most Worshipful Grand Master Roggy Kossi Paass of the Togolese National Grand Lodge will chair the one of the subjects (Equality and tolerance. The Masonic values that may fundamentally define the 21st century, a century of dramatic changes) to be discussed at the World Conference of Grand Lodges in Bucharest, Romania.


You can check out the Masonic Press Agency's briefings on the World Conference of Grand Lodges or you can search the hashtag #Romania2014 on Facebook & Twitter.


Paying tribute to late Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Liberia


On 13 May 2014 the mortal remains of Right Worshipful Charles Gyude Bryant (Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Liberia) and former Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia will be removed from the Sameuel Stryker Funeral Parlours at 4 o'clock PM. The removal ceremony will be organized under the auspices of Oriental Lodge #1.


There will be wake-keeping at Trinity Cathedral and funeral services will be held at the same venue al 10 o'clock AM. Members of the Grand Lodge of Liberia will gather at 8 o'clock AM at the Grand Temple in Monrovia and will march to the Church.

Charles Gyude Bryant (17 January 1949 – 16 April 2014) was a Liberian politician and businessman. He served as the Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia from 14 October 2003 to 16 January 2006. The installation of the transitional government was part of the peace agreement to end the country's second civil war, which had raged since the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebelled against President Charles Taylor in 1999.

Bryant was previously a businessman and was chosen as chairman because he was seen as politically neutral and therefore acceptable to each of the warring factions, which included LURD, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), and loyalists of former President Taylor. He was a prominent member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, and was critical of the governments of Samuel Doe (1980–90) and Taylor (1997–2003). He died on 16 April 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.

Born in Monrovia during the early years of the Tubman era, Bryant's mother was a descendant of settlers and his father was a member of the Grebo people. He matriculated at Cuttington University in 1972, and in 1974 he married the former Rosilee Williams; together they had two children, Cheryl and Charles. Bryant also had a son named Charles Mleh. Before becoming the chairman of the interim government, he was a successful businessman operating a company that supplied machinery for the Freeport of Monrovia, and he was the chairman of the Liberian Action Party, which has since merged with President Sirleaf's Unity Party.

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