COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM - Masonic Lodge of Research

By: R∴W∴Peter Iacobucci, Chancellor

The COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM lodge of research held its   1st Annual Communication on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Manchester Lodge No. 12, Coventry, RI.  This was an historical evening as the COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM was scheduled to receive is charter.  

First, the lodge opened, received the Most Worshipful Grand Master Wyman P. Hallstrom, III, escorted by the Grand Marshall, R∴W∴Ronald P. Reed, then conducted the regular business of voting and accepting new members to complete the charter membership applications, which brought our membership to around 40 brothers. This is fantastic since we have been open for only one year. Immediately following the voting and By-law signing of the new members, the Annual Communication was called opened and the proceedings ensued. You can read a more in depth account of the proceedings in an article featured in this issue of the Freemason authored by our Right Worshipful Grand Secretary and Most Worshipful Past Grand Master, Wyman P. Hallstrom, Jr.

The members are the most important aspect to ensure the success of the lodge.

The evening witnessed a unique event with the reading and then the presentation of the Charter, to the members and officers present, by Most Worshipful Wyman P. Hallstrom, III. The original Charter will be preserved in the Grand Lodge archives and the lodge will have a working Charter to travel to the host lodges.  After the presentation, the COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM presented our Most Worshipful Hallstrom, III and the Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Connecticut, Simon La Place with Honorary Membership for their influence, guidance, and support in instituting the new lodge.  Following the proceedings, a light collation was enjoyed along with great fellowship. The officers and members of COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM extend a hearty thank you to W∴Roy Pruett and the members of Manchester Lodge for hosting us for our first Annual Communication.

Receiving our Charter is not the completion of opening the lodge but only the beginning and with that we are asking the members to participate on committees. If interested, please contact any officer to submit your name and choice of a committee to serve on.  The health and future success of the lodge depends on the participation of the members as the officers are responsible for the operation of the business of the lodge but the research and presentations are the work of the members.  This is a member participation lodge as opposed to the symbolic lodge where the officers perform all work and the members are the spectators.  

Addressing the presentation of papers, let it be known that any member may submit a paper for approval.  Even if you have never presented a paper or lecture, do not let that be a deterrent.  Everyone interested in research has a level of curiosity and probably a topic that they are interested in exploring. The officers are ready to assist any member who needs help in preparing a topic and becoming comfortable with presenting.  We are all here to grow and enrich ourselves.  If, at this time you have no idea of a topic, it might be that another member’s presentation strikes a cord with you and thereby inspires you to explore an offshoot or related topic.  With your participation, the possibilities are endless and success is guaranteed.

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 29th and will be hosted by Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 4.  Lodge will open at 6:30 PM to conduct the usual business and then will be followed with a presentation.  As of now, there are several presentations that are being explored and it will be announced to all lodges when it is officially chosen. I will comment that the presentations being reviewed are all very interesting and will prove to be informative.

An official visitation from our our Grand Master, Raymond Hassell to COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Fort Adams in Newport.  The presentation program will be open to family, friends, and general public. Fort Adams has a rich history in connection with Freemasonry. Be sure to mark your calendars it will be a visitation you shouldn’t miss.

The lodge meeting dates for the ensuing year are listed in the Grand Lodge Blue Book and on the Grand Lodge website. The lodge will have an additional website that will feature the papers and presentation information.  

The accepted dates are as follows:

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • June 29, 2015 Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 4: Regular Meeting with Program
  • September 12, 2015 Fort Adams, Newport: Grand Master’s Official Visitation
  • November 30, 2015 Adelphoi Lodge, Riverside, RI: Regular Meeting with Program
  • February 29, 2016 Host Lodge TBD: Regular Meeting with Program
  • March 28, 2016 Host Lodge Charity No. 23, Kenyon RI: Annual Communication with Program
  • June 28, 2016 Host Lodge TBD: Regular Meeting with Program

We invite you to visit the Lodge and get a glimpse of its uniqueness and we are confident that once you attend, you will be motivated to become a part of this new and exciting lodge.


From all the Officers and Members of the COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM, we hope you will join us.   See you there!