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Worthy And Well Qualified - A Masonic Podcast

Dec 24, 2018

It's all about perspective.

Often Grand Masters are looked at as if on a pedestal. Surprisingly enough - they're actually real people, and today we get to know a special one.

What's So Special About Massachusetts? 

Though other Grand Lodges may try to contest it, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts is generally accepted to be the oldest chartered Grand Lodge in the United States. Not only that, it's the 3rd oldest Grand Lodge in the world, behind only Scotland and the United Grand Lodge of England. To be the Grand Master of a place like this must be quite the job (and interesting to boot), right? Well... Today we find out. And in so doing, we get to know the man at the helm of the ship, so to speak, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In this episode, your co-hosts are (once again) joined by very special guests Most Worshipful Paul Fulton Gleason, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, and Bro. Christopher Rooney. In this installment we learn more about Most Worshipful Gleason himself - both his personal life and his Masonic career. First we learn where he hails from and how he found Masonry. Next we delve a little deeper into his career as an officer of both his Blue Lodge and Grand Lodge. MW Gleason shares how Grand Lodge officer candidates are selected and elected - a method that is likely different from many other jurisdictions. He also shares what it's like to govern such a large jurisdiction, comparing and contrasting with nearby neighbors (including Rhode Island). And we also learn some of his biggest challenges and greatest highlights so far from his time as Grand Master.


What's in this episode:

  • We are once again joined by MW Gleason and Bro. Rooney
  • We learn all about MW Gleason, including
    • Where he comes from, and how he ended up in MA
    • How he came to join Masonry
    • How he ended up as an officer, both in Blue Lodge and Grand Lodge
    • How candidates for Grand Lodge office are selected and elected.
    • What it's like to govern this jurisdiction
    • And ultimately, what it's like to be Grand Master of Massachusetts

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