The Chapters of the Royal Arch are the first bodies of York Rite Masonry. Their three degrees (The Mark Master, The Most Excellent Master and The Holy Royal Arch) teach members that the great beliefs of Freemasonry are never truly lost, and that through persistence and perseverance all things can be discovered and understood.
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick was established in March 1887 following agreement from the several Chapters already practicing in the province under the Grand Chapters of Scotland and Ireland as early as 1821. It was agreed that they would adopt the ritual used by the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, but interestingly it retained the Officer Titles of the non-American system.
Grand Council of 2017:
MEC Adam Scott, First Grand Principal
REC Michael Crofts, Second Grand Principal
REC Stephen Smith, Third Grand Principal
MEC Eric J. Johnson, The Grand Scribe Ezra
There are seven Chapters of Royal Arch Masons in New Brunswick.
- Carleton Chapter #1
- Fredericton Chapter #2
- St-Stephen Chapter #6
- Botsford Chapter #7
- Sussex Chapter #9
Carleton Chapter #1
New Brunswick's oldest Chapter, we were instituted in 1805. We meet at the Luxor Temple located at 14 McLaughlin Crescent, Saint John (East), New Brunswick. Our meetings take place on the Third Thursday of February, March, April, May, October, November and December.
2017 First Principal: REC Ed Stansfield
M.Ex.Comp. Eric J. Johnson
Botsford Chapter #7
Botsford Chapter #7 was instituted on August 10th, 1879. In 1995, Walton Chapter of Salisbury (est. 1930) was merged into Botsford Chapter. Botsford Chapter meets on the third Wednesday in the months of March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December at the Moncton Temple located at 115 Alma Street, Moncton.
Ve. Ex Comp. C. Kitson
Rt. Em. Comp. S. Smith
Grand Chapter Officers
First Grand Principal
Immediate Past F.G.P.
Second Grand Principal
Third Grand Principal
Grand Scribe “E”
Grand Scribe “N”
Grand Principal Sojourner
Grand District Superintendent #1
Grand District Superintendent #2
Grand Director of Ceremonies
Grand Senior Sojourner
Grand Junior Sojourner