M. W. Bro. Radu _Bălănescu
Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania
Distinguished and beloved Brethren, I would like to express my most humble and deepest thankfulness to all of you who believed in my projects and in the way that I see the future of the World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges.
I would like to thank you from my heart for entrusting me with the privilege of serving the Principles of Regular Freemasonry in the position of Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges. In fact, this is not a position, neither an office, title or rank and I cannot consider it in such a way. It is only a badge of an enormous responsibility towards the entire Universal Regular Bond of our Craft and towards the ones who make part of it and who strive to enrich its strength, beauty and wisdom, to the Glory of the Great Architect of the Universe and for the benefit of Mankind.
I am fully convinced that it will be a delightful duty – not only that I will have the chance to serve our Craft, but I will also have the honor and pleasure to work together with all of you, to defend together with you the noble Principles of our Order, to spread together with you the Light, Wisdom and Righteousness of the Masonic teachings and virtues, to bring Light together with you in the places where the heart and the spirit need it and to share with you the joy of being a link in the most ennobling and most beautiful Chain that Man has ever created.
My duty towards each one of you and to the entire Universal Regular Bond of Freemasonry is even more challenging if we consider that my predecessor in this noble task is our beloved and highly esteemed Right Worshipful Brother Thomas W. Jackson, who is and will always be the good father, mentor and spiritual leader of the World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges. His unconditioned and absolute dedication to the purest Principles of Regular Freemasonry, his indefatigable quest for morality, justice and rectitude, his noble spirit, his profound wisdom and remarkable gentleness entitle him to be considered one of the most prominent figures in the entire history of Freemasonry. Right Worshipful Brother Thomas W. Jackson has brought everywhere love, Masonic guidance and spiritual nourishment and many of the Grand Lodges in the world, especially the ones that have been recently established or re-established are profoundly indebted to him. Therefore, and I am convinced that I am speaking in the name of all of you, please allow me to consider that our beloved Brother’s “retirement” will be only a formal one and that he will continue to be the guiding light of this Conference and of the entire Universal Regular Bond of Freemasonry.
Last, but not least, I would like to reaffirm some guidelines of the World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges:
- this Conference shall always strictly respect and profess the Ancient Landmarks, the Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition and the Aims and Relationships of the Craft;
- the purposes of this Conference shall only be to collect and share information from the Universal Masonic Bond of Regular Masonry, to work out and to propose solutions, which shall promote the stability, progress, strength and the universality of the Regular Craft Freemasonry;
- no actions taken by the World Conference shall have any binding effect on the Sovereignty and Independency of the Regular Grand Lodges; the World Conference shall never try to evolve in any “superstructure” above the Regular Grand Lodges and shall never comply with the Sovereignty, Independency and Equality of all Masonic Jurisdictions.
So help us the Great Architect of the Universe! So mote it be!