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After a private meeting with Grand Master Jeffrey N. Nelson of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, MW Martin Reinschmidt, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana verbally announced that he has rescinded edict 2018-02 and restored recognition to the Grand Encampment.
The Grand Commandery of Louisiana also met in special session and re-elected their Grand Commander, Keith Gates.
Both Grand Masters stated together that they would work with each other during the new Triennium.
MW Reinschmidt posted an announcement this morning on the Louisiana Brethren private phone application, circulated among more than 600 Masons in the state. In it he stated that he had "verbally rescinded" the edict, and that a letter would be forthcoming Monday.
I will post the actual letter
when IF I receive it.
For background on this story, see the following articles:
8/20/2018: GM of Louisiana Withdraws Recognition of Knights Templars
8/25/2018: Immediate MEPGM of Grand Encampment Responds To Louisiana Edict
9/2/2018: Lousiana v. Templars: Grand Commander of LA Responds
The official text of the letter dated September 26, 2018 has appeared on the Grand Lodge website HERE and reads as follows:
Through a series of meetings and emails between M:E:G:M: Jeff Nelson of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America and myself, we were able to work out the differences that had arisen between the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, F & A M and the Grand Encampment, leading to my removing our recognition of the Grand Encampment.
Based on an agreement between the M:E:G:M Nelson and I, I have rescinded Edict 2018-02 effective Saturday, September 24, 2018, and have restored recognition to the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America.
May the Grand Architect of the Universe bless the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America.
Martin J ReinschmidtGrand MasterGrand Lodge of Louisiana