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Oscar Alleyne

Oscar Alleyne
Master, Wappingers Lodge
No. 671, Wappingers Falls, New York
; Fellow, Pennsylvania Lodge of Research

Patrick Craddock

Patrick Craddock
Past Master, Conlegium Ritus Austeri No. 779
Nashville, Tennessee;
2nd Vice President,
The Masonic Society

Shawn Eyer

Shawn Eyer
Editor, Philalethes;
Past Master, Academia Lodge
No. 847
Oakland, California

Ryan Flynn
Ryan Flynn
Senior Warden, Ancient York Lodge No. 89
Nashua, New Hampshire

Erastus Z. Allen
Erastus Z. Allen
Past Master, Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
Committee Member, Pennsylvania Academy of
Masonic Knowledge


What is the MRF Symposium?
The MRF Symposium is a meeting place for Masons who are seeking the highest form of Masonic experience they can attain within their lodges, while strictly conforming to the laws, resolutions, and edicts of their respective grand lodges. It is a gathering for those who pursue quality in the Craft to share ideas and discuss their work. The Symposium begins on Friday evening at 7 PM, with a Festive Board in the Grand Banquet Hall, and concludes at noon on Sunday. We are fortunate to have an excellent program of speakers and presenters this year.

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Who May Attend the Symposium?
Any Mason in good standing may register for the Symposium, provided he is a member of a Grand Lodge which is a member of, or is recognized by any of the Grand Lodges which are members of, the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. Registration for the Symposium is $110.00.

Topics and Panels
- Freemasonry's "Near-Death" Experience
- Constituting a New Observant Lodge
- Restoring an Existing Lodge
- The Initiatory Experience and Human Nature
- Incorporating the Fine Arts into the Lodge
- The Role of the Masonic Restoration Foundation
- Restoration Through the Centuries
- Come to Your Senses
- Admit Him If Properly Clothed
- Can We Transform a Brotherhood of Change?

Download the full program in PDF format

MRF Program PDF file

Keynote Address: Robert Herd
Robert Herd is Past Master of Enlightenment Lodge No. 198, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2012 he served as Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge of Colorado. He is a Past District Grand Lodge Lecturer for the greater Colorado Springs area, and served two years as the Membership Committee Chairman for the Grand Lodge of Colorado. He is also a Past Master of Tejon Lodge No. 104 in Colorado Springs, a member of East Denver Lodge No. 160, and an Associate Member of Lodge of Living Stones No. 4957 in Leeds, England. Author of The Initiatic Experience, Worshipful Brother Herd will deliver the keynote address at the Festive Board on Friday evening.

Opening Address: Andrew Hammer,
President, Masonic Restoration Foundation

Andrew Hammer is Secretary and Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, Secretary of Fiat Lux Lodge No. 1717, and the author of Observing the Craft. He presently serves as Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, a Fellow of the Masonic Society, and a Member of the Philalethes Society. Brother Hammer speaks to lodges throughout the United States and abroad on observant Masonry, as well as philosophical aspects of the Craft. As President of the Masonic Restoration Foundation, he will address the Symposium before lunch on Saturday morning.

Closing Address: Oscar Alleyne
Oscar Alleyne is the Worshipful Master of Wappingers Lodge No.671 in Wappingers Falls, New York. He is a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research and lectures frequently on historical, philosophical, leadership and other topics of Masonic interest. He is also a member of several other Masonic research bodies. He will give the Symposium's Closing Address on Sunday morning.


Andrew Hammer
Andrew Hammer
President, MRF
Grand Orator, Grand Lodge of North Carolina;
Past Master, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22

Robert Herd

Robert Herd

Past Master, Enlightenment Lodge No. 198, Colorado Springs. Colorado
; Past Grand Orator, Grand Lodge of Colorado

Jay Hochberg
Jay Hochberg
Past Master, New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education No. 1786
Hightstown, New Jersey

Dan Hrinko
Dan Hrinko
Past Master, Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792
Hilliard, Ohio;
DDGM, 9th Masonic District,
Grand Lodge of Ohio

Brian Skoff
Brian Skoff
Master, Fritz Lodge No. 308
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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