Dear Brethren and Companions
It is no exaggeration to say that 2022 has been a difficult year for many, myself included, with good news sometimes scarce among a seemingly endless succession of tragic and troubling events.
For Freemasonry, 2022 has been an encouraging year, with positive signs that our worst fears about the pandemic have not been realised, a steady influx of motivated candidates, and a welcome return to much missed Lodge meetings.
Challenges remain, both locally and nationally, not least with sustainability of the Royal Arch. It is incumbent on us all to recognise and address these challenges. The Jersey Freemasons Strategy 2021 – 2024 sets out the criteria by which we can succeed in ensuring the future of Freemasonry in our Island; and the recently launched UGLE Strategy 2022 and Beyond illustrates the national picture and objectives in further detail. I strongly advise all Brethren to view the video presentation in the 21st December Special Edition of First Rising. This explanation of the national Strategy is both frank and motivating.
Public perception of Freemasonry is at an all-time high, thanks in no small part to open communications and wider publicity of our charitable activity. Jersey Freemasons can take heart that by their continued generosity the Jersey for Jersey Appeal has been able to support many local charities and worthwhile causes, and made substantial grants toward the Bailiff’s Ukraine and Jersey Disaster appeals.
I wish you, your loved ones and families a peaceful and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May 2023 bring better news for all, and further success in our Masonic endeavours.
Most sincerely and fraternally
Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent