The Board of Directors of Ashlar College of Freemasonry (ACF) is proud to announce that the concept that began within the Grand Lodge Committee on Education and Research in 2003 (Masonic Diploma Program) has now reached the stage whereby first semester courses were offered, for the very first time, in February 2011.
The creation of an educational body, providing courses in Freemasonry within the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon has been in development for some years. It became a reality at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication in 2009, at which time our Constitutions was amended to permit the Grand Master to license such a body.
This licensing took place in early 2010, when MW Bro. Brian Tuckey, on his official visit to Greater Victoria on 8 March 2010, used the opportunity to present the license to operate to representatives of the College, VW Bro. Norman McEvoy and MW Bro. Stephen Godfrey.
The formal opening of the College took place at the Official Visit of MW Bro. J. Alan Cross to District 5 in Nanaimo on Saturday, 26 February 2011.
The objective of the College is to offer the brethren of this jurisdiction the opportunity to earn a “diploma”, to be achieved through a planned developmental program of masonic knowledge and and understanding of our jurisdiction through a curriculum of written papers, suggested readings and personal submissions on assigned topics.
The diploma program is being developed by volunteers at a grass roots level and it is probable that some growing pains will be experienced; we therefore ask in advance for your patience and understanding.
It is possible that brethren may identify ways in which courses could be improved. Suggestions will be gratefully received, reviewed by the Board, and implemented if deemed appropriate.
RW Bro. Stephen Godfrey
The Ashlar College of Freemasonry (ACF) program of instruction has been structured to cover three levels, each level containing 6 courses, under three specific categories – History, Governance, Philosophy, — with two courses from each category for each level.
Volunteer adjudicators are now being sought, and interested brethren are asked to contact the Dean of the College, Rw Bro. Chris Foxon.
The program is progressive, with the completion of each level mandatory before moving to the next level. All coursework will be electronic. Adjudicators for each course will be assigned to each student to assist him in the satisfactory completion of that particular course.
In addition to the coursework itself, students will be provided with several lists of reference books on the subject and encouraged to add those books to their own personal library.