Brothers are beginning to ask questions as to what this is all about. Many have never heard of any type of Freemasonry outside of the Grand Lodge of Alabama and are curious as to what this means to their involvement in their local mainstream and Prince Hall lodges.
We want to address some of the more common questions we have received in an effort to help you understand what becoming a member of Regulus Lodge and the Grand Orient of the USA means.
1. Can you explain what the Grand Orient USA is?
Yes, the Grand Orient USA, commonly referred to as GOUSA, is very similar to the Grand Lodge you are used to in theory but has differences. GOUSA operates in amity with many Masonic obediences around the world and in the US.
2. Why do you call your lodge a Triangle?
A "Triangle" is simply a lodge that is forming. It takes 7 Masons (all do not have to be Masters) to form a "lodge". The primary reason for this is the conferring of degrees and since Regulus is new it is still in the process of obtaining the required 7 Masons. We are very close to obtaining the required members as of this post to making that a reality though.
3. Is Regulus Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Alabama?
No, this highlights one of the primary differences between GOUSA lodges and mainstream AF&AM lodges like the Grand Lodge of Alabama. The Grand Lodge of Alabama is what is considered an Anglo-American Masonic Lodge and as such is a "closed" system, which means they only recognize themselves as "regular". Grand Orient lodges are members of the "open" Masonic system used by almost every other Masonic obedience around the world. This means they recognize many obediences including co-masonic lodges, Prince Hall, etc.
4. What are the requirements for petitioning Regulus?
This is where you will see the second biggest difference between the two systems. Petitioning a Grand Orient lodge is not for the faint of heart, they guard the West Gate very carefully. Here is a short list of common petitioning requirements:
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Have read the preparatory reading materials
- Have submitted a letter stating why you seek admission into the order
- Have submitted a Petition for acceptance
- Have interviewed with three brothers of the order
- Have submitted an essay discussing the importance of brotherhood and virtue
- Must be able to commit to regular participation in the order
5. Do I have to demit from the Grand Lodge of Alabama first?
No, remember the Grand Orient system is an "open" system which recognizes all Masonic obediences as regular.
If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Regulus.