Sunday, January 06, 2008
Brent Morris: 1st American Master of Quatuor Coronati
The latest Scottish Rite Journal reminded me that I never got around to publicly acknowleding the November 8th installation of WBro. S. Brent Morris as the new Worshipful Master of London's Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, the world's premiere lodge of research. It is a measure of Brent's great respect within the Masonic scholarship community, but it is also symbolic in another way: he is the first American to hold such a position.
When Brent joined the lodge in 1993, he was only the 4th American to do so in its history. Who was the first? Indiana's own Dwight L. Smith. Author W. Kirk MacNulty of Virginia, is the only other living American member of the lodge. Full membership in the lodge is limited to just 40, although membership is not restricted in the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle, which has on the order of 6,000.
If you are planning a visit to London (take half the clothes and twice the money), sojourning Masons may visit the lodge's quarterly meetings: February 21 (program and dinner open to non-Masons), May 8, June 26, and September 11, 2008.
Belated congratulations to Wbro. Morris on this incredible honor and achievement.
(Don't know why the Quatuor Coronati website has been down for weeks.)