World Conference Of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges



The fourth Conference, under the name of World Conference of Grand Lodges, was held in Sao Poulo (Brazil) from November 12 to 15, 1999. It was organized by the Grand Lodge of Sao Poulo and its Grand Master, M.W.B. Salim Zugaib presided over the Conference.

Following 73 Grand Lodges participated in the Conference:

Gran Logia de Andorra
Gran Logia de Argentina
Grand Lodge of Austria
Grand Lodge of Belgium
Grand Lodge of Benin
Gran Logia de Bolivia

  • Gran Logia de Acre
  • Gran Logia de Alagoas
  • Gran Logia de Amapa
  • Gran Logia de Amazonas
  • Gran Logia de Bahia
  • Gran Logia de Brasilia
  • Gran Logia de Ceara
  • Gran Logia de Espiritu Santo
  • Gran Logia de Goias
  • Gran Logia de Maranhao
  • Gran Logia de Matto Grosso
  • Gran Logia de Minas Gerais
  • Gran Logia de Paraiba
  • Gran Logia de Parana
  • Gran Logia de Pernambuco
  • Gran Logia de Piaui
  • Gran Logia de Rio de Janeiro
  • Gran Logia de Rio Grande Do Norte
  • Gran Logia de Rio Grande Do Sul
  • Gran Logia de Rondonia
  • Gran Logia de Roraima
  • Gran Logia de Santa Catarina
  • Gran Logia de Sao Poulo
  • Gran Logia de Sergipe
  • Gran Oriente de Brasil
  • Gran Oriente de Minas Gerais

Grand Lodge of Bulgaria
Grand Lodge of Burkina Faso

  • Grand Lodge of Ontario
  • Grand Lodge of Quebec
  • Grand Lodge of Victoria

Gran Logia de Chile

  • Gran Logia de Barranquilla
  • Gran Logia de Bogota
  • Gran Logia de Cali
  • Gran Logia de Cartagena

Gran Logia de Costa Rica
Grande Loge de Cote D’Ivoire
Grand Lodge of Croacia
Grand Logia de Cuba
Grand Lodge of the Czcech Republic
Gran Logia de Cuscatian, El Salvador
The United Grand Lodge of England
Gran Logia de Espana
Grande Loge National Francaise
The United Grand Lodges of Germany
Grand Lodge of Greece
Gran Logia de Guatemala
Grand Orient D’Haiti
Gran Logia de Honduras
Grand Lodge of India
Grand Lodge of Iran (in exile)
Grand Lodge of Ireland
Grand Lodge of the State of Israel
Grande Oriente D’Italia
Grand Lodge of Luxemburg
Grand Lodge of Mali

  • Gran Logia de Baja California
  • Gran Logia de Nuevo Leon
  • Gran Logia de Quintana Roo
  • Gran Logia Valle de Mexico

Grand Lodge of Moldavia
Grand Lodge of the Netherlands
Gran Logia de Panama
Gran Logia de Paraguay
Gran Logia del Peru
Grand Lodge of Philippines
Gran Logia Regular de Portugal
Gran Logia de Puerto Rico
The National Grand Lodge of Romania
Grand Lodge of Russia
Grand Lodge of Scotland
Grand Lodge of Senegal
Grand Lodge of Switzerland (Alpina)
Grand Lodge of Taiwan
Grand Lodge of Turkey
United States of America:

  • Grand Lodge of Arizona
  • Grand Lodge of Colorado
  • Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
  • Grand Lodge of Conneticut
  • Grand Lodge of Illinois
  • Grand Lodge of Indiana
  • Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
  • Grand Lodge of Michigan
  • Grand Lodge of Minnesota
  • Grand Lodge of New Hampshire
  • Grand Lodge of New Jersey
  • Grand Lodge of New York
  • Grand Lodge of North Carolina
  • Grand Lodge of Oregon
  • Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
  • Grand Lodge of Washington
  • Grand Lodge of Wisconsin

Gran Logia del Uruguay
Gran Logia de Venezuela

After the inaugural lecture given by R.W.B. Thomas W. Jackson (Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges), following papers were presented and analyzed in the Conference:

  1. Grand Lodge of Brasilia: Cultural and Educational Exchange Project, by R.W.B. Jesus Narvaez de Silva, Grand Secretary of Foreign Relations.
  2. Grand Lodge of Mato Grosso: FUNLEC, educational project, by M.W.B. Heito Rodriguez Freire, Grand Master.
  3. Grand Lodge of Chile: The Education as a Way of Extension of Masonic Values. The Chilean Experience, by M.W.B. Jorge Carvajal Munoz, Grand Master.
  4. Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (USA): Which Grand Lodges are qualified to participate in future World Conferences?, by M.W.B. Dan L. Frederick, Grand Master.
  5. Grand Lodge of Connecticut (USA): The Web We Weave”, by M.W.B. Roger W. Read, Grand Master, and R.W.B. Russel W. McLelland, Grand Secretary.
  6. Grand Lodge of Greece: If Freedom Failed, by R.W.Bro. Ioannis A. Souvaliotis, Grand Secretary.
  7. Grand Orient of Haiti: Freemasonry of Quality and its Role in the Society for the Next Century, by M.W.B. Jean K. Gousse, Grand Master.
  8. Grand Lodge of India: The Principles and Standards of Recognition among Grand Lodges, by M.W.B. H. P. Mathur, Grand Master.
  9. Grande Oriente D’Italia: Human Rights in a Multi-cultural Society, by M.W.B. Gustavo Raffi, Grand Master.
  10. Gran Logia de Uruguay: “The World Conference”, by M.W.B. Ricardo Colanery, Grand Master.

All this papers were analyzed in six working sessions, presided over by M.W. Grand Masters Steward C. McCloud (New York), Jorge Carvajal (Chile), Coffie Clotaire (Cote D’Ivoire), George Comanescu (Romania), Franklin Deonteverde (Philippines), and R.W.B. John E. Leider (Canada).

There was an Opening Session presided by the Grand Master of the host Grand Lodge. In this opportunity, R.W.B. Thomas W. Jackson presented a report of his activities and delivered an introductory lecture. There also was a closing session to adopt conclusions and to select the Lodge to host the next Conference.

At the end of the Conference, following CHARTER OF SAO PAULO was adopted:

The 4th World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges, held in Sao Poulo, Brazil, with the aim of exchanging ideas and debating Masonic social issues which are of concern and interest, ended on Monday November 15th, 1999, after having submitted to consideration and acknowledging the importance of the Masonic precept in modern society, states:

  • That the brotherhood of Universal Masonry, since immemorial time, bases itself on usage and custom set forth by its tradition of initiation order, without dogmas or fundamentalism which affect its situation as a lay, progressive and permanent institution.
  • That there is a place for all men in the Brotherhood, without distinction of any type, be it race, beliefs, social or economic situation.
  • That our lodges should emphasize that the new man, based on our principles, should become an ethical and moral leader of society.
  • That Masonry should be wholly inserted into the society it is part of.
  • That the eradication of poverty, illiteracy, the exclusion of minorities and corruption will become topics of priority in our Masonic goals. So that throughout activity, we can do away this scourge of humanity.
  • That Modern society, in spite of the advances in individual freedom, of our great postulates, suffers the impact of globalization, which is misunderstood and applied maliciously, deeping evermore and dramatically, the inequality among human being seriously threatening our basic postulate of Brotherhood, which the Order should protect and preserve.

Based on the discussions the Fourth Conference states as follow:

  • It will support the prevalence of new humanistic concept, geared to the fulfillment of individuals in society.
  • It will defend the human being, their dignity to happiness and foster the development of the highest aspirations in absolute freedom, with its symbols and operational tools.

The Fourth Conference points to the need to:

  • Implement communication technologies to allow for a speedy exchange between the Regular Masonic Obediences of the World.
  • Develop the fields of education and training of young people in the postulates of tolerance, enabling their intellectual growth to advance harmoniously and alongside their moral growth.

To this consolidate the Order’s principles and postulates.

Sao Paulo, November 15th of 1999, A.D. (5999 A.L.)