ANNOUNCEMENT: On the evening of July 11, 2014, the Grand Lodge of the Southern District of the Grand Lodge of Ecuador installed the officer line of Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge, formally creating it. Following the installation ritual our charter Worshipful Master, Nico Zina PM, honored the attending brothers with a gala dinner. Festivities did not end until 2:00 a.m.
With the creation of the lodge, the Cuenca Masonic Fellowship Club came to an end under its by laws. Formation to achieving its objective took 22 months. We are grateful not just to the English speaking brothers who worked so tirelessly toward the creation of the first English speaking lodge in Ecuador in more than 100 years, and the only such in the country today, but to our Ecuadorian brothers who were so supportive and made it possible.
Those interested in Masonry are still welcome to join us for our monthly breakfast and to attend our monthly study group. We look forward to meeting you. Breakfast now takes place at 9:00 A.M. on the fourth Thursday of each month at San Sebas restaurant,1-94 San Sebastian y Mariscal Sucre, the corner of Parque San Sebastian. Our study group meets at 2:00 P.M. the Thursday following the first Friday of each month. You can contact the facilitator at: ron087 at gmail dot com. This blog will continue until the lodge website is up.
Among the English speaking expatriates who have moved to Cuenca EC are a number of Freemasons. With the approval of the local Grand Master we have organized ourselves into a club until such time as our steady numbers enable us to petition for a dispensation to form an English speaking lodge. Until then we meet twice each month in fraternal friendship, working closely with the four regular local lodges and assisting the community. All regular Freemasons living here or visiting are welcome to join us as are those interested in becoming a Mason who are otherwise qualified.
UPDATE: On the evening of April 15, 2014, five brothers in the club were accepted as Ecuadorian Masons in a ceremony held at San Juan Logia #21. Three more brothers will be regularized Ecuadorian Masons shortly at which point we will have enough to petition for a charter.
UPDATE: First Ritual Practice. On June 25, 2014, six of the seven founding brothers of Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge met for the first time to practice ritual in preparation for the lodge’s first tyled meeting. The following day we received word our petition to start the lodge had been approved by the Grand Master that same day.