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The Vatican, Freemasonry, and the Long Shadow

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Last fall, the Vatican once a gain reiterated its position on Freemasonry—one that’s caused confusion for 300 years.

The Craft Meets the Carafe for a Coffee-Expert Mason

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A member of multiple Bay Area Masonic lodges shows off his serious coffee skills and explains his connection to the craft.

For the Parents of California Masons, a Profound Relief

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At the Masonic Homes, an expansion in eligibility to Masonic parents and parents-in-law is life-changing news.

Thanks to Mosaic No. 218, a School Gets a Chamber of Quietude

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In Livermore, one East Bay Masonic lodge helps a local school develop a chill zone for those with mental or behavioral needs.

Donor Profile: Reuben Zari

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How a family’s love of Masonry inspired Reuben Zari of Atwater Larchmont Tila Pass No. 614 to give back to the California Masonic Foundation.

A Grand Lodge Archives Project Marks a Masonic Paper Trail

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The archived papers of California’s Masonic leaders yield important historical insight into the growth and development of the fraternity.

The Ins and Outs of Assisted Living

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Assisted living and specialized memory care can be complex and intimidating. Here’s what you need to know.

Grand Master G. Sean Metroka: In With the New

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Grand Master Sean Metroka explains why building new lodges is the key to the future of the fraternity.

In Masonry and Politics, Finding Common Ground

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The political fights of daily life are conspicuously absent from the Masonic lodge. Can those lessons be practiced in the outside world?

His Grandfather Was Canceled. His Grandmother Was a Hero

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When a monument to his grandfather came under newfound scrutiny, Julius Kahn used the opportunity to shine a light on a lesser-known familial legacy: Florence Prag Kahn.

Is It Manly to Talk About Politics, Religion, and Money?

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Politics, religion, and money: An expert on “manliness” explains how to discuss these tricky topics.

At Santa Barbara No. 192, Masonic Relief Comes From the Heart

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Don Goldberg and Santa Barbara No. 192 have an uncommon commitment to Masonic outreach.

New Masonic Philanthropic Gift Is Revving Up Technical Education

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A new gift from the Masons of California is helping San Diego kids go under the hood through high-tech education in growing fields.

Donor Profile: William Lavoie

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A Southern California Mason reflects on his approach to philanthropy, and why giving back can help create the world you want.

Symbolic Gesture: The First Depictions of Masonry

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A new exhibition explains the groundbreaking illustrations in a 300-year-old manuscript.

Grand Master G. Sean Metroka: What Really Matters

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Grand Master G. Sean Metroka reflects on finding common ground in turbulent times, and how Freemasonry can give us a scaffolding for it.

Snapshot

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See fascinating and historic moments in California Freemasonry through our lens in our snapshot archive.

Lodge Profile: Two Masonic Lodges, Just Steps from Home

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At the Masonic Homes’ on-campus lodges, membership is growing outward.

The Conversation Starter: Meet a Masonic Podcast Host

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Meet Michael Quintal, the voice behind the Masonic podcast Keepers of the Word.

At a New Hispanic Research Lodge, They’re More than Study Buddies

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A newly formed Hispanic research lodge is focusing its attention on the history and heritage of Freemasonry in Latin America.

In Senior Living, We’re Better Together

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For seniors in retirement, as in the Masonic lodge, strong social connections are the secret to successful aging.

In Hawaii, an Outpouring of Masonic Relief—and Aloha

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In the wake of the destructive Lahaina wildfire, Freemasons from around the world rallied to deliever Masonic relief to Hawaii.

Donor Profile: Ernest Salcido Jr.

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A driver at the Masonic Homes talks about joining the fraternity and giving back.

Dig Deep Farms Is Unearthing a History of Agriculture at the Masonic Homes

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Thanks to a novel partnership with Dig Deep Farms, the agricultural heritage of the Masonic Homes is being brought back to life.

Grand Master Randall Brill: At the Masonic Homes, the Jewel Keeps Shining

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Grand Master Randall Brill reflects on 125 years of history and progress at the Masonic Homes of California.

In Masonry and Magic, Blending Illusion and Wonder

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For generations, the world’s greatest magicians have found a second home in Masonry. Why have Masonry and magic shared such a close connection?

At Sunset Lodge No. 369, A Masonic Hall as Music Venue

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In Santa Monica, the lodge hall of Sunset No. 369 doubles as a venue for aspiring comedians, artists, and musicians.

The Brotherhood of Famous Mason-Magicians

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Meet the experts of two crafts: Exploring the hallowed roster of famous master Mason-magicians, from Harry Houdini to Lee Grabel.

In San Diego, the Johnny Ritchey Scholarship Honors a Legend

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A new Masonic scholarship in San Diego recognizes Johnny Ritchey, the “Jackie Robinson of the West Coast.”

In Long Beach, a New Bilingual Masonic Lodge

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Pilares del Rey Salomon joins California’s growing ranks of Spanish-English Masonic lodges.

The Mystical Craft

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Grand Master Randall Brill on the connections between Masonry and magic.

Masonic Rebirth Is an Infinite Loop

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The story of Freemasonry is one of death and rebirth. As recent events show, when it comes to California Masonry, what’s old is new again.

At the Masonic Homes of California, a Chance for New Beginnings

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For seniors at the Masonic Homes of California, moving in is an opportunity to focus on what matters most.

A Tree-Climbing Mason on Branching Out

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Meet Greg McKenna, an arborist and California Mason with Mt. Jackson No. 295 with a bird’s-eye view of the fraternity.

At the International Conference on Freemasonry, Exploring the Treasures in the Lodge Attic

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At the 11th International Conference on Freemasonry, expert historians train their sights on the lodge attic.

A Conversation with ChatGPT About Freemasonry

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What does ChatGPT have to say about Freemasonry? In the newest issue of California Freemason magazine, we asked the AI for its take.