The 2015 New Jersey Statewide Allied Masonic Degrees In-Gathering was co-hosted by Dabar Council No. 161 and James Giles Council No. 427 and was held on August 1st at MB Taylor Lodge No. 141 in Hammonton, NJ. This year’s guest of honor was M.W. Anthony W. Montuori, Grand Master of Masons of the State of New Jersey, who is also a member of Alexandria Council No. 478 A.M.D. Representing the Sovereign Grand Master, M:.V:. Bro. Douglas S. Moore, was R:.V:. Mohamad A. Yatim, G.C.
The In-Gathering work this year was thematically aligned with the Order of the Secret Monitor. The Secret Monitor Degree was conferred that day by members of Giles Council and certificates were presented by Grand Master Montuori, assisted by R:.V:. Henry G. Abel III, Grand Superintendent of NJ to all those in attendance. Furthermore, the following papers were presented and discussed:
- V:. David Tucker of Dabar Council No. 161 on “The Lessons of the Secret Monitor”
- V:. Michael Neuberger of Da Vinci Council No. 477 on “Is Arguing with God Good for the Soul: Lessons from the Mark Master Degree”
- V:. Howard Kanowitz of J. Howard Haring Council No. 116 on “Lessons from a Conflicted Life”
As in previous years, the In-Gathering was very well attended by Freemasons from New Jersey and neighboring states. Most Worshipful Montuori, who was accompanied by his staff members who are also members of the Allied Masonic Degrees, offered words of wisdom to the brethren at the conclusion of the event, and sounded the final gavel. It was truly a great day of fellowship and enlightenment. The Allied Masonic Degrees is an invitational organization dedicated to Masonic research and education and to the preservation of ancient detached Masonic degrees. To learn more about it, please visit www.NJAMD.com