General Information about the Valley of St. Joseph and AASR :



Mission Statement
of the
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA

It is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ to improve its member and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity, and Truth while actively embracing high social, moral, and spiritual values including fellowship, compassion, and dedication to God, family and country.


How Do I Join the St. Joseph Scottish Rite?

In order to join any Scottish Rite Body you must be a Third-Degree Mason in good standing.  For membership information , contact any member of the St. Joseph Scottish Rite, call our office at (816) 232-6741, write us at 515 North 6th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501, or email us at  If you are not a Freemason and are interested in joining the fraternity, contact us at any of the addresses listed above or click here.

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The Four Co-ordinate Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, sitting in the Valley of St. Joseph, Orient of Missouri derive their Charters from and acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States (Mother Supreme Council of the World) of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General whose See is at the Grand Orient of Charleston in the State of South Carolina.

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The Scottish Rite Creed

Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and a guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal.

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The Supreme Council Favors...

The American public school, non-partisan, nonsectarian, efficient, democratic, for all the children of all the people. 

The inculcation of patriotism, respect for law and order, and underlying loyalty to the Constitution of the United States of America. 

The compulsory use of English as the language of instruction in the grammar grades of our public schools. 

Adequate provision in the American public schools for education of the alien population in the principles of American institutions and ideals of citizenship 

The entire separation of church and state and opposition to every attempt to appropriate public moneys-federal, state or local-directly or indirectly, for the support of sectarian or private institutions. 

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Definition of a Mason

A Mason is a man who is clean inside and outside, who neither looks up to the rich or down to the poor, who can give without complaining and who can prosper without bragging, and who is considerate of women, children, and old people.

He is a man who is too brave to lie, too noble to cheat, too sensible to loaf and who takes his share of the world's good and lets others take theirs.

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Mottos of the Craft

Deus Meumque Jus God and My Right
Fiat Lux Let There Be Light
In Deo Nostra Our Trust in God
In Hoc Signo Vinces By This Sign, Thou Shalt Conquer
Lux a Tenebris Light Out of Darkness
Ordo ab Chao Order Out of Chaos
Spes Mea in Deo est My Hope is in God
Virtus Junxit, Mors non Separabit Virtue Has United, Death Shall not Separate

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Scottish Rite Journal

Every member receives The Scottish Rite Journal which is published bimonthly by the Supreme Council.  It has a message form the Sovereign Grand Commander as well as a variety of Masonic topics for your reading pleasure.  We encourage you to take a few moments and enjoy the publication. 

Each issue of the Scottish Rite Journal also contains a full page of information from the Valley of St. Joseph.  This website also publishes these pages (click here).

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What is a Reunion?

A Scottish Rite Reunion is exactly what the term implies. It is a reuniting of the membership after a period of separation. It is a homecoming get together of the brethren and a continuing fellowship of the fraternity. 

The days of the reunion are rich in the comradeship among those of like mind and purpose we here recognize stability and strength, and feel proud to be a part of a program of such magnitude and worth. Within this fellowship, the horizons of our own lives are lifted. We see anew that masonry is big with a bigness that keeps life Masonically big. The reunion is a time of renewing our interest and devotion to the program and purpose of the Scottish Rite. 

The sheer beauty of masonry enthralls and amazes as the panorama of centuries passes by. It is the time of sharing the significance and sacredness of the Scottish Rite Degrees together.

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Degree Teams

Vacancies occur from time to time in the degree teams of the Scottish Rite, and there are always opportunities for new workers.  If we know who are willing and competent to take the parts, we can plan to have an alternate for every part, and so distribute the work as widely as possible.  Out ambition is to present the degrees with a finish and excellence that shall give the Scottish Rite Bodies a reputation far and wide; and we are seeking the cooperation of all who are in any way willing to assist.  If you are one of these please write or phone the Secretary and your name will be added to the list.

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Scottish Rite Degrees

Scottish Rite Degrees are continuation and expansion of the three Blue Lodge degrees, and in able the inductee to grasp with greater significance the real purpose and meaning of Masonry. They are an extension of the Masonic search for knowledge and truth and give one a better understanding and appreciation of his blue lodge. 

The breath and scope of Masonry, and down through the ages, is so extensive that few men have the time or opportunity to investigate, analyze and understand it symbolism. 

Herein lies largely the value of the Scottish Rite to the ordinary busy Mason. In the Scottish Rite that investigation and analysis of hidden meanings has been done for him and the substance and fought made clear. Men of great minds and talents have delved into these hidden mysteries of the past and the fruits of their researches are embodied and presented in the 29 beautiful and impressive degrees of the Scottish Rite. These degrees are exemplified dramatically, reproducing, in so far as scenery and costumes, lighting effects and music permit, the actual theme and historical habitat.

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At its biennial session certain 32 Masons who have been 32 Masons for at least four years, and who have rendered signal service to the Rite, are chosen to receive the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander Court of Honour at the ratio of one KCCH for every fifty 32 Masons created in the State during the preceding two years.  The decoration is conferred in a very impressive ceremony of Investiture in the local Bodies.  This is a Rank and Decoration and not a Degree.  The members who hold it are designated "32 KCCH." A member must be a KCCH for at least four years before he can be nominated for election to receive the 33.

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Thirty-Third Degree

The Thirty-Third is a degree conferred by the Supreme Council upon members of the Rite in recognition of outstanding service to the Rite, or in public life, to the principles taught in the Degrees.

The 33 cannot be asked for and, if asked for, must be refused.  At its biennial session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite who have been Knights Commander of the Court of Honour not less than four years to receive the Degree -- not more than one 33 for the first one hundred and one 33 for each additional two hundred 32 Masons created in the State during the preceding two years.  These 33 Masons are Inspectors General Honorary and members of the Supreme Council.  The active members of the Supreme Council are chosen from among them.

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