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Welcome to the 5th Masonic District of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania

The fraternal heart of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Under the jurisdiction of:

The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge
of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity
of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania
and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging


Bro. Craig W. Shaffer,
5th. District Deputy Grand Master

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Brethren of District 5:

Welcome brethren. This is your site! The singular internet presence for all 5th Pennsylvania Masonic District news, announcements, events and contacts. Please browse the website and feel free to send us your comments, suggestions and feedback.

Traveling Brethren:

If your travels bring you to the Chester County or Southeastern Pennsylvania area, then please make a point to visit one of our local lodges, or attend a meeting or event! We are a district of friendly lodges that welcome visiting brethren form near and far. In most cases, you can simply present yourself, but feel free to contact a lodge secretary or event chairman ahead of time. This page, 5th District Lodges (click here), contains all of the Lodge Secretaries contact links.

Website Visitors:

Please explore our site to see a glimpse of what our fraternity, and our local lodges, have to offer. If you have any interest in the organization, or even any casual questions about the fraternity, then do not hesitate to contact the District Webmaster, or simply click this link CLICK HERE.

Lodge Hall Rentals: Please contact the Lodge Hall Directly. 



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This is also on the School of Instruction TAB

2018 5th Masonic District School of Instruction

Held at Brandywine-Goddard Lodge #383, Coatesville PA

2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 PM


January 8                    Business of the Lodge

                                    Admission of the DDGM

                                    Senior Warden Certification

February 12                First Degree

                                    SOI degree Team or Volunteer Lodge

March 12                     Preparation and Guiding of Candidates  (ALL DEGREES)

April 9                          Second Degree

                                    SOI degree Team or Volunteer Lodge

April 14                        Sectional School

                                    Grand Lodge Philadelphia

May 14                                    Funeral Service

                                    Examination of a visitor (2 methods)

June 11                                   Third Degree

                                    SOI degree Team or Volunteer Lodge

JULY                           Summer School Every Tuesday Evening (10,17,24,31)

                                    Thompson Lodge 7 PM Dinner at 6 PM on July 31

September 10             Table Lodge

October 8                    Election and Installation (Open)

November 12              Election and Installation (Closed)

                                    Installation of Worshipful Master (PM and WM only)

December  10             Dialogue of ALL DEGREES

 Washington Lodge  #156 has over 100 masons at a stated meeting

Worshipful Master Chris Gibson is.....SHOCKED...he told the stewards only make enough food for 25 people...

Brandywine Goddard Lodge #383 has over 30 masons in attendance to win the RWGM Traveling Gavel.


Great Job by all, and thank you for the fellowship!


More good News:

Here is an update of the attractions committed to coming to the Event


1)      I met with Swoop the Eagles mascot.  He is coming and bringing a signed Zack Ertz football for our auction

2)      See enclosed pic’s of stunt bike rider from NY, he is a friend of Monster truck guy. He is coming

3)      We have permission to use corn filed and other field for excess parking.

4)      Boy scouts from Oxford are coming to help with parking direction

5)      Army Striker vehicles will be on display

6)      Special Forces trailer on display Must see !!

7)      Live band

8)      Ben franklin actor coming

9)      Philly Phanatic coming

10)   If there is good weather this event will be huge.  I got word over 200 people from the VA will be coming


Look at enclosed pics below and bring your friends and family J

Thank you for all your hard work






The Grand Lodge of England will be streaming the “Freemasons 300th Anniversary” with no charge. The event will be live on October 31, 2017 from 3:45pm to 6pm GMT (England Time). Our time is 11:45 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Below is the link to view the Webcast.

Please note –

1.       You can test your computer or projector using the “Preview webcast”

2.       You don’t need to fill out screening form for viewing the live cast.

Please use this information as you deem appropriate for your district.


Govern yourselves accordingly,


Craig W. Shaffer 

DDGM 5th Masonic District

 This was Past Master night at Skerrett Lodge No. 343. The Brethren spoke on what it ment to them to be W.M. during their in the East.

The oldest living P.M. (on the right ) is Bro. Harold T. Bryson, P.M. 1956



Photos provided by Craig W. Shaffer DDGM

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