5th Masonic District


R.W. Russell Jordan District Deputy Grand Master

M.W. Thomas R. Hughes, Sr.

Grand Master

 MWPHGL of New Jersey

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District Officers

RW Russell B. Jordon Sr        District Deputy
                                               Grand Master

RW Brain E. Hall                     District Grand

RW Lilbert D. Jones Jr           Secretary

RW James Allen                      Assistant Secretary

RW Larry Gunnell                    Treasurer

WB William Carter                   Prince Hall Temple

Lodges Of The 5th

Aaron Lodge #9

Princeton NJ
Meets the 2nd Wednesday

King David Lodge #15

Trenton NJ
Meets the 2nd Thursday

Progressive Lodge #17

New Brunswick NJ
Meets 2nd Monday

Woodlin Lodge #30

Bordentown NJ
Meets 1st Tuesday

Foster Military Lodge #67

Willingboro NJ
Meets 2nd Tuesday

Aldridge B. Cooper Sr. Lodge #69

Somerville NJ
Meets 4th Friday

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The 5th District Monthly

Summer 2010


When we don’t “AGREE TO DISAGREE”, this creates an atmosphere that doesn’t promote the tenants of freemasonry and distracts us from the true purpose of what this fraternity is truly all about, sacrifice and service to GOD and man.  What do I mean by A2D you ask?  Well, I’ve observed that too many times, because a brother doesn’t agree with something that is done or said, decides if he can’t have it his way, or if it’s not done as he says, then nothing gets done.  He stops participating.  If we both have the same greater aim in view, we could A2D and still effectively get the job done.  By not A2D, it directly contributes to some brothers not following some of those “furthermore”  in our Oath and Obligation and this helps contribute to the demise of this great fraternity.  Let me expound further:

We know that Freemasonry is a progressive science and that a proper knowledge of it can only be acquired with time, patience, and application.  Truth is its center, and wisdom is the way to obtain it.  We know that the 3 principle supports of Masonry are Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty.  So important did our biblical fathers consider the need for wisdom, it is mentioned 244 times in the Holy Bible.  And of all the wise men of past ages, none were considered wiser than King Solomon.  Except from GOD almighty, wisdom can only come from knowledge, which comes from study and experience.  I believe that by continued study of Masonic philosophy, symbolism, and its history, we can continue to travel toward the ultimate goal of Freemasonry-Wisdom in all things and sacrifice and service to God and man.  Many men are knowledgeable, good and bad.  Few men are wise.  And no man who is really wise can be anything but good.  And through the improvement and strengthening of the character of the individual man, we can become better fathers, husbands, uncles, brothers, and improve our community.  But we have to agree to disagree.  We have to have more respect for our brothers and the fraternity.  We have to remember the WM’s charge that reminds us to remind an erring brother of his failings, aid in his reformation, vindicate his character when traduced, and suggest in his behalf, the most charitable judgment.  Do we brothers?  Do we really befriend and relieve every brother who should need our assistance?  Do we really aid in his reformation?  Webster’s definition of reformation is “advocating change.  A reform. A correction or improvement.  To correct or improve.  Do you give a brother a chance to change? When he’s wronged you and now wants to repent.  Did we not learn that this is a “PROGRSSIVE SCIENCE” and that all fall short and that perfection on earth have never yet been attained?  

Brothers, let me remind you of this scripture Matthew 7:1-5. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but considers not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother. Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye, and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam in thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother eye.” 

To many times my brothers, we rush to judgment, and try and convict a brother without a fair trial.  Does it not say, to suggest in his behalf, the most charitable judgment?  What happened to the man that is supposed to have sound integrity and strong moral fiber.? We must continue to reach forth our hands to keep a brother from falling.  To never look down on woman nor man unless extending a helping hand.  We promised and swore our strength and ability, and our knowledge when it’s needed.  There are no reservations.  It matters not whether the aid they need is mental, physical, or monetary.  Your promise contains no “butts”.  When a brother is in danger of any kind, it is our duty to advise him of his impending peril.  And in doing so, we must remember that it is not our plumb line that you judge him, but by his.  We should always defend our brother against attacks by others, verbal and physical.  We should guard his good name as our own.  DO we brothers?  Do we really vindicate his character when traduced?  Or do we add to the madness.  Maybe if we agreed to disagree and treat our fellow brothers with more respect, we might stop speaking evil behind a brother's back, we might stop violating that brother’s family chastity, Maybe we might stop not holding his secrets in our breast as we promised we would. Maybe, just maybe, we might stop cheating and defrauding our lodges, this fraternity, and our fellow brothers.  Maybe, we might really help, aid and assist a brother who’s in need.  Maybe, we might answer and obey all due signs and summons, without equivocation or reservation.  Maybe, we will my brother’s…If we don’t then we are frauds.

In closing, let us always remember the pot of incense is symbolic of Sacrifice.  This means giving up of selfishness and working for others.  Purity of heart cannot be achieved without sincerity.  Along with sincerity there must be love.  Where there is love there must be high ideals.  We need to constantly examine ourselves.  We should never be content to stand still.  We must never believe that we have reached the pinnacle of goodness, knowledge, or intelligence.  We must never be satisfied with our accomplishments.  As masons, we have to continue to sacrifice our pleasures, time and material possessions for the betterment of our fellowman.  We must agree to disagree.  Then and only then can we come together as one, on one accord, serving God and serving man, selflessly, to make ourselves better men, thereby making our community and the world better.  

May we always meet on the level, never looking down unless to extending a helping hand.

May we always act by the plumb, upright and righteous.

And may we always part on the square, true to ourselves and God .

Speech given at King David Lodge #15, Trenton, NJ Reobligation/Rededication on March 12th, 2009 by

RW Russell B. Jordan, Sr
DDGM, Fifth Masonic District


March 2010


In the month of March, we center our thoughts on re-obligating and rededicating ourselves to this great fraternity.  Let us think for a moment about the definition of the word obligation.

Webster defines it as “an act of binding one’s self to do or not do something; a promise.”  When we were initiated, the easiest part of the obligation was taking it.  For those of us who have taken marriage vows, the more we love our partner, the easier it becomes to keep our obligation.  The more we love this Masonic fraternity, the easier it should be to keep our obligation.  It is one way that we as individuals can express our love.  Every obligation should be a solemn one.  Every obligation should be sincere.  Each one of us had to meet certain qualifications before we could become members.  As individuals, we traveled the same road, entered the same door, and received the same light.  We travel the same way and manner together, collectively.  We all knelled at the altar and repeated our obligation but remember this…..No one can take this obligation for another.  Each of us made our own individual promise.  Each of us must keep our own obligation.  We pledged loyalty and promised to give and help our fellow man and especially a fellow brother.  We promised to be loyal and discreet.  Each part of our obligation can be beneficial to us and to others.  We promised nothing that can hurt us and a lot that can help.

When we rededicate ourselves, we should begin with aspirants of a loftier way of thinking and behaving…..To consciously seek association with others of like ideals and principles….to lift ourselves to a higher spiritual understanding.

When we allow our conscious to follow the Golden Rule and live our lives in and out of the Masonic order so that none can reproach, we are fulfilling all of our obligations as members of this fraternity, as children of a kind and just God, and as worth wile contributors to a better self, a better community, and a better world. 

February 2010


Prince Hall is buried in Copp’s Hill Cemetery in Boston, Mass., and a large monument is erected to his memory and upon regular occasion the various grand bodies throughout the country make a pilgrimage thereto…………….

Prince Hall was the son of Thomas Prince Hall an Englishman, a leather merchant, whose wife was a free Negro woman of French descent.  He came to New England during the middle of the eighteenth century settling in the city of Boston, in the Massachusetts Colony.

He took a very prominent part in both the religious and civic affairs of the Negros in the colony.  In 1771, he made application to the Committee for Safety for permission to recruit some of the slaves in the colony for the Revolutionary Army.  The Committee declared that none but ‘free men” could be enlisted as solders and declined the request.  This decision didn't indicate that Prince Hall himself was a slave and he definitely belonged to that group of colored citizens in Boston who were designated as “free Negroes”.

It is of record he enlisted in the Revolutionary Army sometime during the month of February, 1776.  He together with several others, addressed a petition protesting against the existence of slavery in the colony on January 13th, 1777.  This was forwarded to the Massachusetts Legislature.

He was the first black man to be initiated into the Masonic Order in the American Colonies.  Although the date of his initiation is not definitely known, it is presumed to have been upon the same occasion when fourteen other “free” Negroes obtained the degrees of Freemasonry.  It has been claimed by some that Hall received his degrees prior to that date on March 6, 1775.  The initiation was held in Lodge 441, which was a Military Lodge working under the Grand Lodge of Ireland and attached to  one of the regiments in the army under the command of General Gage.

In a letter bearing the date of March 2, 1784, and after due consideration a Charter was granted to the brethren of color under the denomination of “African Lodge No 419” and after a series of delays, the documents arrived in Boston on April 29, 1787 and on May 6, 1787, African Lodge was formally constituted at the Golden Fleece in Water Street, Boston Mass.

The first African Grand Lodge of Negroes was called “African Grand Lodge of North America” and was formed on June 24, 1791 in Boston Mass.  Prince Hall was the Grand Master, Nero Prince was Deputy Grand Master, Cyrus Forbs Senior Grand Warden, George Middleton Junior Grand Warden, Peter Best Grand Treasurer and Prince Taylor Grand Secretary.

On December 7, 1807, Most Worshipful Brother Prince Hall, the first black man known to have received the degrees of Freemasonry upon the American Continent, also, later the first Negro Grand Master in the same territory, passed into the Great Unknown in Boston Mass.

At the General Assembly of the craft in 1808, the title “African Grand Lodge of North America” was change to it’s present title of “Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F.& A.M. of Massachusetts”.

From ‘The Prince Hall Primer” by Harry A. Williamson, Past Deputy Grand Master, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F.&A.M. of New York, 1956 Revised Edition



January 2010

Professional Masons

In every Lodge there is a handful of brothers you can count on for leadership and to lend a hand when the chips are down.  They are intimate with the mechanics of the lodge and the fraternity and do not hesitate to step forward when needed, and help mentor younger and less experienced brothers so they may grow and take their place in the Lodge hierarchy.  The Professional Mason is not a zealous control freak with a huge ego, but rather is unselfish and appreciates the power of teamwork and the tenets of Freemasonry.  He rightfully understands that Freemasonry is more about the overall brotherhood as opposed to the glory of a single individual.

Unfortunately, the same 80/20 rule that applies in business, applies in Masonry.  In the lodge, 80% of the work is performed by Professional Masons, and the remaining 20% is squeezed out of Amateur and Anonymous Masons.  If this continues to be true, the Lodge is always in danger if Professional Masons are eliminated.

So, the question arises, what kind of Mason are you?  Are you an Anonymous Mason who loyally pays his dues but is never seen in the Lodge? Are you an Amateur or casual Mason, occasionally appearing but always complaining and never participating, or are you a Professional Mason, true to your craft, always seeking more light.  To truly find the answer, may I recommend when you wake up tomorrow morning, you ask the same question to man staring at you in the mirror


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MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey

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