Issue archive
for Spring 2024: Brick by Brick

Meet the Builders of California’s Newest Masonic Lodges

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A spate of new Masonic lodges have gone up across the state in recent years. What they are building is reshaping the landscape of California Masonry.

At La France No. 885, a Lodge of Bon Vivants

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At La France No. 885, a longstanding legacy of French Freemasonry in California is being carried into the future.

Paying Homage to a Masonic Hero at Rizal No. 882

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At Gat Rizal No. 882 in Menifee, California, a Masonic lodge takes its name—and inspiration—from a national hero of the Philippines.

At Oakland No. 61, Something Old Meets Something New

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At Oakland No. 61, two historic East Bay groups dating from the 1800s are teaming up to form a new kind of Masonic lodge.

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 of his serious coffee skills and explains his connection to the craft.

At Logos No. 861, a Culture of Craftsmanship

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At Logos No. 861 in San Francisco, handmade, lovingly crafted material culture is part of the very fabric of the lodge.

Unforgettable: The Masonic Connection to the Forget-Me-Not

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The forget-me-not is a Masonic symbol of brotherhood, sacrifice, and remembrance.

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.