Masons come together in local organizations known as Grottoes to enjoy wholesome sociability at the same time that they help handicapped children.

Referring to themselves as "The Family Playground of Master Masons," Grottoes extol the slogan of "good fellowship" to exemplify their social, fraternal, and humanitarian activities. Being a Master Mason in good standing is a prerequisite to membership in the Grotto. The Grotto quality of membership is that of a progressive, well-functioning organization that stresses its primary goals of fraternity, good fellowship and sympathy in the support of United Cerebral Palsy and dentistry for the handicapped.

It was in 1949 that the Supreme Council adopted its International Humanitarian Objective to aid the cerebral palsy child, establishing a charitable trust which has been providing thousands of dollars each year for the work of the United Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. The fund also makes possible the dentistry program for handicapped children to provide the best dental care at the specialized facilities for handicapped children, including transportation to receive the needed surgery or treatment.

The Grotto is more than a century old. In June 1890, it was founded and the Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (M.O.V.P.E.R.) was established. In Pennsylvania, there are ten Grottoes located in areas of Allentown, Bradford, Delaware County, Erie, Meadville, Oil City, Pittsburgh, Sharon, Warren, and Wilkes-Barre.


One of the ten Grottoes in Pennsylvania is Delco Grotto, Delaware County, chartered in 1942. Pictured at a recent banquet are (l-r): Robert Keys, Past President of the Pennsylvania Grotto Association; Lewis F. Riess, Secretary of Delco; William J. Connor, Past Monarch; Edward Sealander, Past Monarch; Justin Chesbrough, Past Grand Monarch; and William Dougherty, Chief Justice.