List of Masonic Grand Lodges

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This is a list of all verifiable organizations that claim to be a Masonic Grand Lodge.

A Masonic "Grand Lodge" (or sometimes "Grand Orient") is the governing body that supervises the individual "Lodges of Freemasons" in a particular geographical area, known as its "jurisdiction" (usually corresponding to a sovereign state or other major geopolitical unit). Some are large, with thousands of members divided into hundreds of subordinate lodges, while others are tiny, with only a few members split between a handful of local lodges. Sometimes there will only be one Grand Lodge in a given area, but the majority of the time there will be at least two. More often, there will be several competing Grand Lodges claiming the same jurisdictional area, or claiming overlapping areas. This fact leads to debates over legitimacy: Not all Grand Lodges and Grand Orients recognize each other as being legitimate. However, such recognition is not relevant to this list, yet recognition is foundational within the fraternal order. Inclusion in this list only requires the establishment of a physical (as opposed to a virtual, or online) presence, and lodges (regular, unrecognized or clandestine) which acknowledge their governance.

Membership numbers are subject to change; for current figures, check the sources which are indicated in the reference section.

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia and Oceania[edit]

Caribbean[edit]

Central and South America[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

External organizations or affiliations[edit]

Abbreviation Name Founded Notes
AACEE Adogmatic Associations of Central and Eastern Europe 2001 The AACEE brings together all Liberal Masonic Obediences from Central and Eastern Europe respecting the same values and willing to participate to a common mission.[1]
L'AMIL L'Association maçonnique intercontinentale libérale 1996
CATENA International Masonic Union Catena[2] 1961 Grand lodges with male and female membership.
CGLREU Confederación de Grandes Logias Regulares de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos An association of Mexican state grand lodges, many of whom are in amity with CGMNA jurisdictions and UGLE. Some older and larger CGLREU jurisdictions have also joined the multi-national association of CMI, although the two organizations are not linked.
CGLEM Confederation of Grand Lodges of Europe and Mediterranean[3] An association of grand lodges in the Mediterranean area and Southern Europe. Not to be confused with GLUDE. Established by the Traditional and Modern Grand Lodge of France, the National Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Italy, Grand Lodge communities of Andalusia, The Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal, and The National Grand Lodge of Morocco ( GLNM).
CGMNA or COGMNA Conference of Grand Masters in North America 1928 An organization of Grand Lodge leaders, representing 64 sovereign jurisdictions located throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Germany. Its members are broadly recognized by jurisdictions throughout the world. Today, these CGMNA jurisdictions serve over 2 million Freemasons in North America.[4] Its oldest constituent Grand Lodge dates itself to 1733.[5]
CIMAS Confederación Interamericana de Masonería Simbólica 2002 Independent Liberal and Adogmatic body.[6]
CLIMAF Centre de Liaison International de la Maçonnerie Féminine 1982 An association of women's grand lodges, mostly in Europe.
CLIPSAS Centre de Liaison et d'Information des Puissances maçonniques Signataires de l'Appel de Strasbourg[7] 1961 Organized by the Grand Orient of France (GOF), member jurisdictions reject Anderson's 1723 constitutions, do not require belief in a supreme being, and make no distinction regarding participation by men or women.
CMI Confederación Masónica Interamericana (CMI) (Interamerican Masonic Confederation) 1947 An organization of South and Central American Grand Lodges. Its members are broadly recognized by CGMNA grand lodges and the United Grand Lodge of England. Founded by the grand lodges of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, by 2014 the CMI had almost 75 member grand lodges.[8]
CMB Confederacion Masonica Bolivariana An organization of grand lodges within Bolivia, and neighboring countries.
CMC Confederacion Masonica Colombiana An organization of state and national lodges within Colombia.
CMCA Confederacion Masonica Centroamericana An organization of state and national lodges in Central America.
COMAB Confederação Maçônica do Brasil 1973 An association of independent Grand Orients in Brazil[9]
COMAM Conferencia Masónica Americana (American Masonic Conference) This Masonic organization, formed by Grand Lodges and Grand Orient of the American continent, was created in Santiago de Chile in order to serve as a nexus and union of the Liberal and adogmatic, male, female and mixed Obediences that aim at the work of individual perfection with absolute freedom of conscience.
CMSB Confederação da Maçonaria Simbólica do Brasil 1965 An association of grand lodges in Brazil
DH Le Droit Humain 1893 International mixed (male and female) Freemasonry. Also known as "Co-Masonry".
EMA European Masonic Alliance The EMA (AME) is referenced in the Register of Transparency of the European Commission, and has several meetings a year with the president or vice-president of the European Commission, as well as meeting European Senators.[10]
EME L'Espace Maçonnique Européen 2002 Promotion of human rights and secularism
GLMAE Gran Logia Mixta de los Andes Ecuatoriales (GLMAE) 2011 Ecuadorian association of mixed (male and female) lodges
GLUDE [11] Confédération des Grandes Loges unies d'Europe 2000 An organization of grand lodges using the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, founded by the Grand Lodge of France (GLdF), la Grande Loge Traditionnelle et Symbolique Opéra (of France) and la Grande Loge Nationale de Serbie (then Yugoslavia).
HC [12] High Council (HC) or Masonic High Council (MHC) 2005 An association of jurisdictions styling themselves as High Councils. Organized by the Regular Grand Lodge of England (RGLE), which serves as the HC's Mother High Council. Highly volatile, These groups do not publish member counts nor addresses, and may exist only on the internet or as a function of one or two persons. External citations needed.
IMF Institut Maçonnique de France 2002 Instigated by the GOF, with collaboration by the GLdF and seven other French masonic bodies, the IMF allows low-level cooperation on promotion of Masonic book fairs and events that address the conditions of man and society. The GLdF left this organization in 2006.
Int. FM International Freemasons An African-American oriented group of grand lodges in the United States
LFB Les Franc-maçons Belges An organization of Belgian grand lodges
National Compact Prince Hall - National Compact 1847 Subordinate Grand Lodges of the Prince Hall National Grand Lodge
NUGLB [13] National United Grand Lodges of Bulgaria 2016 Association of Grand Lodges in Bulgaria (Shared United Bulgarian Orient - shared jurisdiction)
PHA Prince Hall Affiliation (PHA) 1870 An association of 49 historically black Grand Lodges located throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Liberia, which trace their origin to Prince Hall, of Massachusetts. Many of these GLs are in amity with their CGMNA counterparts and with the United Grand Lodge of England. Today there are over 4,500 PHA lodges worldwide, and of them, the oldest constituent PHA lodge dates itself to 1797.[14]
PHCGM Prince Hall Conference of Grand Masters 1887 An organization of Prince Hall Affiliated (PHA) Grand Lodge leaders,[15] from 49 Prince Hall Affiliated (PHA) grand lodges.
REHFRAM Rencontres Humanistes et Fraternelles Africaines et Malgaches An organization of African regular and liberal lodges, meeting annually in an African capital.
SCIC Suprême Conseil International du Canada (International Supreme Council of Canada) 2019[16] SCIC is the governing body that maintains uniformity for the 4th–33rd degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite practiced by the Grand ANI Lodge of Canada and the Grand Orient of Quebec.[16]
SIMPA Secrétariat international Maçonnique des Puissances Adogmatiques 1998 Some of the larger Grand Lodges in CLIPSAS left in 1998 to form their own organisation. Most have now rejoined and SIMPA is currently dormant.
SOGLIA Society of Grand Lodges in Alliance 2010 [17] SOGLIA is confederation of Grand freemason Obedience’s which all members obey principles of Regularity. Assembled annually, in different places of the world, in order to share fellowship and to promote Masonic tradition, SOGLIA members are respecting the autonomy of each Grand Lodge. That is expressed by variety of accepted and recognized Rituals practiced in our Grand Lodges around the world. Our association was born in the year 6010.Y:T:L: by signing the Treaty of Arezzo, in the city that welcomed eight Grand Masters representing eight Grand Lodges. Subsequently more Grand Lodges have join SOGLIA spanning our society to the five continents.
UMM L’Union Maçonnique de la Méditerranée (UMM) (Masonic Union of the Mediterranean) 2000 [18] An association of fifteen adogmatic and liberal jurisdictions from countries bordering the Mediterranean and Mediterranean culture. Since 2012, the UMM has been controlled by the Grande Loge Féminine de France and the Fédération Française du Droit Humain.
UMMT Unione Mondiale Massonica Tradizionale (UMMT) (World Traditional Masonic Union)[19] 2013 Self-reported as "approximately 30 members", the UMMT includes European jurisdictions not in amity with UGLE or the larger jurisdictions in their nations. Admits mixed Grand Lodges and use of the Ancient and Primitive Rite de Memphis-Misraïm.
VGLvD Vereinigte Großlogen von Deutschland (United Grand Lodges of Germany) 1958-04-27 A sovereign federation of five autonomous Grand Lodges, it serves as the national Grand Lodge of Germany to all outside German Masonry (Masons of other nations and the German public)[20]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ www.dudau.com, Laurentiu Dudau. "STATEMENT". AACEE Info. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ CATENA members list, accessed 1 July 2014
  3. ^ CGLEM website, accessed 11 March 2014
  4. ^ CGMNA web site accessed 24 July 2022
  5. ^ Early Freemasonry in North America, Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, retrieved 21 February 2014
  6. ^ http://www.cimas.info/ Archived 15 February 2019 at the Wayback Machine CIMAS site> retrieved 13 January 2017
  7. ^ "Membres" [Members]. CLIPSAS (in French). Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  8. ^ CMI Executive Secretary website Accessed 23 February 2014
  9. ^ COMAB website, accessed 22 January 2014
  10. ^ "E.M.A. (European Masonic Alliance)". FREEMASONRY.network. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ Astrolabe Alain Graesel, Grandes Loges Unies d’Europe, retrieved 29 December 2013
  12. ^ RGLE website Archived 4 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 25 February 2014.
  13. ^ NUGLB website, accessed 02 August 2016.
  14. ^ The (PHA) Historical Account, archived from the original on 19 November 2013, retrieved 21 February 2014
  15. ^ PHCGM web site accessed 21 February 2014
  16. ^ a b "Accueil". Suprême Conseil International du Canada - Rite Écossais Ancien et Accepté (in Canadian French). Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  17. ^ Brief History of the Regular Grand Lodge of Romania, containing account of SOGLIA formation, accessed 3 April 2014
  18. ^ GLFF website, noting formation and control Archived 20 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 20 March 2014
  19. ^ Unione Mondiale Massonica Tradizionale History page[permanent dead link], accessed 14 December 2014
  20. ^ Über die VGLvD (About the VGLvD) Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, the VGLvD holds some but not all of the sovereignty rights of its five constituent Grand Lodges - which follow divers traditions