McAllen Masonic Lodge #1110 A.F.A.M.
A Journey of Masonry:
McAllen Lodge is what is referred to as, Masonically speaking, as a Blue Lodge. It is the beginning of what could be a long and fulfilling Masonic journey. One must join a Blue Lodge and become a Master Mason before they are able to partake in the appendant bodies of Freemasonry.
Some of the appendant bodies that many McAllen Mason’s belong to locally are:
The York Rite:
The York Rite is an appendant body of Masonry available to all Master Masons in good standing of their home lodge. In the York Rite Master Masons expand their Masonic growth by taking up to an additional ten degrees.
Locally there are three York Rite bodies, all of which meet in the neighboring town of Weslaco. At present many McAllen Lodge members occupy key officer positions in all three York Rite bodies with the top three principal officer positions in the Hidalgo Chapter and Council occupied by members of McAllen Lodge.
Hidalgo Chapter No. 434 of Royal Arch Masons, meets every third Wednesday of the month at Hidalgo Lodge in Edinburg Texas at 7:30. Website.
Hidalgo Council No. 353 of Royal and Select Masters, meets every third Wednesday immediately after Chapter meetings. Website.
Hidalgo Commandery No. 94 of Knights Templar, meets every fourth Wednesday at Llano Grande Lodge in Weslaco Texas at 7:30. Website.
More to come! Including the Shriners, the Grotto, and the Eastern Star.
The Scottish Rite:
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is an appendant body of Masonry available to all Master Masons in good standing of their home lodge. In the Scottish Rite Master Masons expand their Masonic growth by taking up to an additional twenty-nine degrees, once again further expanding upon their Masonic growth. Advancement in the Scottish Rite is based upon service and merit, and most members become what are Masonically known as "Black Hats" or 32nd Degree Masons. A very limited number of Scottish Rite Masons are bestowed with the honor of becoming "Red Hats", a 32nd Degree Mason specially recognized for their service to Masonry and the Rite. An even smaller fraction of Scottish Rite Masons are then in turn further honored as "White Hats", or 33rd Degree Masons.
Locally members of the Scottish Rite are members of the Rio Grande Lodge of Perfection No. 13 which was constituted a mere two years ago. Many McAllen Lodge members were charter members of the Rio Grande Lodge of Perfection and today four of the thirteen officers in the Lodge of Perfection are McAllen Lodge members.
The Rio Grande Lodge of Perfection is under the Valley of San Antonio, where the other three bodies of Scottish Rite Masonry are located. The Valley of San Antonio is under the Orient of Texas and ultimately under the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States located in Washington D.C.
Rio Grande Lodge of Perfection No. 13, meets every first Wednesday of the month at Llano Grande Lodge in Weslaco Texas at 6:30, all Scottish Rite Masons are welcome. Website.
San Antonio Lodge of Perfection No. 9
San Antonio Chapter of Knights Rose Croix No. 6
San Antonio Council of Knights Kadosh No. 5
San Antonio Consistory No. 5, all meet the first Thursday of the Month at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in San Antonio at 6:30. Website.
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction. Website.