To the Masons of Texas
My Dear Brethren,
I cannot adequately express my gratitude to you for your confidence in electing me as your Grand Master. Many notable men have served as the Grand Master of Texas in the past. To be numbered among them is the highlight of my Masonic career. Thank you for this great honor.
Masonry is the greatest fraternity that has ever existed, and in today’s world, we face many challenges. Society is not what it once was, and as a result, our Masonic teachings and ideals seem to be slipping away. The Masonic philosophy of taking a good man and making him better is still the best way of preserving our fraternity and in doing so make the world around us a better place to live. The process of making new members begins with our ritual and the process of teaching the catechism. The teaching of these lessons and other Masonic ideals builds character and friendships which last forever (true Brotherly love).
In many cases, we are not adequately providing instruction to our new Candidates. As a result, they are not learning the true philosophy of Freemasonry. It is my hope and prayer that you and I can rekindle the original concept of teaching Masonry and reverse this trend. As we working together, leading by example, we can and will make Masonry in Texas shine in 2019.
God bless each of you and may God bless America,
Terry W. Stogner
Most Worshipful Grand Master 2019