The York Rite Sovereign College of North America came into being in the City of Detroit, Michigan on January 6, 1957. It was the result of a meeting called by Richard W. Lewis, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, and attended by the heads of the four Michigan York Rite grand Bodies and a number of distinguished Masonic leaders from other States. These founders, responding to a need which had long been recognized in the York Rite, outlined the structure and purpose of the new organization and arranged for its incorporation.
The purpose of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, as set forth in its Constitution and By-Laws, are as follows:
Membership in a College is by invitation, and is restricted to those who hold membership in all of the other York Rite bodies. Since the primary object of every College is to foster a spirit of service and to promote and support the York Rite in every way possible, it is no surprise to find many of the leaders of the Craft numbered among its ranks. Here they find a common ground from which the can act for the welfare of all York Rite bodies without special favor to any. Colleges have been active in the organization of York Rite Festivals, degree teams, drill corps, and many other functions which serve to assist, coordinate, and unify the Rite.
The order of the Knight of York is conferred by the College and is tells the story of the legend of York where the Masons of York were granted a charter by King Athelstane in the year 925 AD. It takes its ritual from the Regius Manuscript which is Freemasonry's oldest surviving document.
The York Rite Sovereign College of North America is the supreme governing body for all Colleges within its jurisdiction. As such, it endeavors to promote all those activities which favor the accomplishing of its stated purpose. Among these is the awarding of certain honors for outstanding service.
The Gold Honor Award may be given to any Mason for unselfish and faithful service in any branch of the York Rite. The recipient need not to be a member of a College, nor is it required that he be a member of all the other York Rite bodies.
The Order of the Purple Cross of York, the highest honor of the College, is conferred upon those members of the College who have distinguished themselves by their service to humanity or to the Rite. The recipients are designated Associate Regents of the Sovereign College and from their ranks are chosen the Regents or active members of that body.
Officers Elected and Appointed for the 2017-2018 year.
Preeminent Governor Jason A. Mitchell
Eminent Deputy Governor Dennis Hauze
Eminent Chancellor Douglas J. Backes
Eminent Treasurer Brian J. Hastings
Eminent Secretary Mike Shipler
Noble Primate Charles E. Warren Sr
Nobel Preceptor John C. Liley Jr
Calendar Subject to Change Without Notice
Please consult with the Eminent Secretary for current meetings
The next Meeting of the College is...
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