H F A F
A Women's Masonic Fraternity
27th November 1913
MASTERíS MESSAGE - JULY 2014
a proud moment it was when I was Enthroned as Grand Master of our beloved
Fraternity on 30th January 2014. It was the culmination of a long
journey which began in 1976. I can remember that long distant day when I was
Initiated as a member of the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons in
1976. I had witnessed first- hand the beneficial effects of Freemasonry on both
my parents and also my husband. At the behest of my mother I agreed to become a
member of Constance Leaver Lodge No. 39. I hadnít been sure what to expect
although having previously met several of the members I was confident that it
was something I would enjoy.
As my ceremony progressed I became aware of the beauty of the ritual and the symmetry of the ceremony we were engaged in. It wasnít long before I took my first office and started to learn the ritual for myself. Since then I have joined all the Orders of our Fraternity and have marvelled at the poetry of the ritual in each of the Degrees.
of our masonic teachings tells us that the three grand principles of the Order
are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Love for our Brother mason and love for
our fellow man are the cornerstones of our organisation. Our ritual constantly
exhorts us to look for the good in a person and to overlook their faults.
provide Relief is to practise Charity, not just by giving money but by giving of
ourselves to help others. When our new University Lodge, Wisdom No. 55 opens its
doors to students from Brunel University we shall be emphasising how important
this precept is.
seek for the Truth is to find our true selves using the moral truths expounded
in our rituals and to acknowledge our relationship with the Supreme Being.
I am present at any of our Lodge meetings I am always conscious of the great
debt of gratitude we owe to our founders who fought against prejudice and
ignorance to bring Freemasonry to the women of the UK. We have inherited a
wonderful tradition of always striving to excel in what is good and great.
established a Lodge in Bucharest, Romania in 2011 we are now looking forward to
seeing the first Romanian Master taking the Chair later this year. Our Lodge in
Gibraltar has just celebrated its 25th year and our two Spanish Lodges will be
10 years old next year. So we have been able to expand the fraternity in a way
undreamt of by our founders.
have seen with delight the way the younger generation of women have embraced
Freemasonry, I am therefore thrilled for HFAF to have the opportunity to
participate in the Universities Scheme. In a world which is fast paced and
constantly looking towards the next newest thing, Freemasonry represents a
constant and unchanging beacon of ethical guidance for young women.
have developed a Mentoring Scheme to provide pastoral care to our newer members
which we hope will be taken up throughout the Fraternity.
feel that the future holds great opportunities for HFAF if we can but grasp the
nettle and that the enthusiasm displayed by our senior members will be
transmitted through our Lodges from generation to generation.
Most Worshipful Bro. Christine Chapman
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