Decision Allows Lodges to Consider Petitions from Candidates Age 18

At the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge on March 6, Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr., R.W. Grand Master announced an amendment to the Digest of Decisions effective immediately to allow lodges in Pennsylvania to accept petitions for initiation and membership from men who have attained the age of 18.

The amended Article 85.14 of the Digest of Decisions now is:

The general rule is that a Lodge may only consider a petition for initiation and membership or membership if the petitioner has attained the age of twenty-one years at the time his petition is presented to the Lodge or by Dispensation from the Grand Master. By virtue of this Decision and in accordance with Article 19, Section 19.05 of the Ahiman Rezon, any Lodge working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may consider the petitions for initiation and membership or membership of qualified men who have attained the age of eighteen years at the time his petition is presented to the Lodge. In addition, a Lodge may consider a petition of a petitioner who will not have attained the age of eighteen years at the time his petition is presented to the Lodge if it receives a specific Dispensation from the Grand Master.

If the petitions received pursuant to this Decision are acted upon favorably by the Lodge, this decision authorizes Lodges working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to make Freemasons of these duly approved candidates without requesting a specific Dispensation from the Grand Master.

Deyoe, 1966; Cunningham, 2002

Prior to this amendment, Article 85.14 of the Digest of Decisions stated that a petitioner must be 21 years of age.

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