Message from the District Deputy Grand Master
Welcome to the Toronto Don Valley District Masons website…
Toronto Don Valley District is within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. This District comprises 19 Lodges; 18 of which meet monthly in the evenings in one of the Thornhill or the York Masonic Temples and one, a “daylight lodge”, meets in the Richmond Hill Temple. Our membership or “brethren” range in age from their 20’s to their 90’s and represent many diverse cultures and vocations, primarily residing in the greater Toronto area.
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are dated in antiquity and many thousands of books have been written about our Order and much scholarly research continues to this very day. The operative Masons, who gave rise to modern speculative Masonry, sought truth through belief in a Supreme Being, religious tolerance, the quest for light and knowledge and providing relief to those in need – to lift up the fallen and shelter the sick, to care for the orphan, the widow, the old and the destitute.
As our forefathers left their imprint in the cathedrals and edifices of all nations that employed their learning and skill, Masonry utilizes as symbols the tools for building in teaching Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Our members, somewhat like the “knights of old”, constitute a brotherhood which teaches lessons of social and moral values based on the symbolism of the tools and language of the ancient operative Masonic guilds. This builds character, obliges us to practice brotherly love, mutual assistance, equality, trust and secrecy. While some have speculated that Masonry is either a secret society or a society that harbours many secrets, the secrets are in ourselves, in our knowledge and our conduct. Each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity. Masons are spiritual and moral men who champion and safeguard the sacred principles upon which our society was founded.
The list of famous Freemasons, who have made contributions at every level of human endeavour and achievement, is endless.
For those who wish to join our ranks…………just ask!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Right Worshipful Brother Sydney Thomas Schatzker
District Deputy Grand Master
Toronto Don Valley District 2014-2015