Schools of Instruction

Schools of Instruction

The learning and exemplification of the ritualistic work is a core concept in Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is committed to the highest standards of ritual performance and presentation, all in an effort to give every new Mason an experience he will carry with him for the rest of his life.

To this end, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has established Schools of Instruction, wherein Masons can work to perfect their presentation of the ritual in a constructive and educational environment.

Regional Schools

To ensure the consistency of the ritualistic work throughout the Commonwealth, the Grand Lodge holds several Regional Schools of Instruction. At a Regional School of Instruction, the ritual is exemplified and attendees may ask questions and get definitive answers on the finer points of the ritual and its performance. These schools are supervised by the Director of the Ritualistic Work and the Regional Instructors of the Ritualistic Work.

The Director of the Ritualistic Work supervises the Regional Directors. The Regional Directors are tasked with assisting the District Deputy Grand Masters and the Principals of the Schools of Instruction by ensuring the ritual is being portrayed and presented in an appropriate and consistent manner.

Director of the Ritualistic Work
Bro. Larry A Buzzard

Regional Instructors
S. Curtis Barrett (Region 1)
Paul A. Stucliffe, Jr. (Region 2)
Michael W Rinehart (Region 3)
David W. Morgans, P.D.D.G.M. (Region 4)
Stephen M. Shaffer (Region 5)
Richard W. Bickhart (Region 6 East)
Guildford G. Rowley, Jr. (Region 6 West)
Robert A. Sutcliffe (Region 7)

Region Districts Date Location Time Registration
6 16, 18, 46 and 58 Saturday, February 23, 2019 Muncy Lodge
28 Brummer Pond Road
Muncy, PA 17756
10:30 AM 10:00 – 10:30 AM
4 47, 54, and 55 Saturday, March 2, 2019 Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center
3579 Masonic Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
8:30 AM 8:00 – 8:30 AM
5 24, 25, 26, 27, 37, 52, and 53 Saturday, March 9, 2019 Scottish Rite Cathedral
110 East Lincoln Avenue
New Castle, PA 16105
8:30 AM 8:00 – 8:30 AM
3 19, 20, 34 and 41 Saturday, March 23, 2019 Altoona Masonic Center
600 Jackson Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
8:30 AM 8:00 – 8:30 AM
2 1, 2, 3, 7 and 42 Saturday, March 30, 2019 Scottish Rite Cathedral
2701 N. Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
8:30 AM 8:00 – 8:30 AM
1 Districts A, B, C, D, 5, 6, 8, 36, and 40 Saturday, April 13, 2019 Masonic Temple
One North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
8:00 AM 7:15 – 8:00 AM
7 Districts 13, 14, 15, 50 and 59 Saturday, April 6, 2019 Rimrock Masonic Center
2720 Rimrock Drive Stroudsburg, PA 18360
8:15 AM 7:30 – 8:15 AM
7 Districts 9, 10, 12, 35, and 45 Saturday, April 27, 2019 Oriental Lodge Hall
2547 State Route 487 Orangeville, PA 17859
8:15 AM 7:30 – 8:15 AM
4 Districts 29, 30, and 31 Saturday, May 4, 2019 Pleasant Valley Masonic Center
Pleasant Valley Road Connellsville, PA 15425
8:30 AM 8:00 – 8:30 AM
5 Districts 17, 21, and 22 Saturday, May 11, 2019 Bradford Union Lodge Hall
625 South Avenue Bradford, PA 16701
8:45 AM 8:00 – 8:45 AM

District Schools

With the approval of the Grand Master, District Deputy Grand Masters can establish Schools of Instruction within their respective Districts. Each of these schools is led by a Principal, who may be assisted by Assistant Principals. The District Deputy Grand Master, and through him, the Principal of the School of Instruction, are charged with overseeing the conferral and presentation of the ritual of the Lodges within their Districts.

For more information on your local School of Instruction, please contact your Lodge Secretary, Worshipful Master or District Deputy Grand Master.