September 29, 2016

Freemasonry in Mexico

In 1824 the Grand Lodge of New York, with the assistance of Bro. Joel Pointsett, who was at the time the first United States Minister to Mexico, delivered the first Charter Letters to five Lodges in Mexico City.

Tolerancia No. 450

Lux Mexicana No. 451

Rosa Mexicana No.542

Federalista No. 453, y

Independencia 454

These five Lodges went on to create a Grand Lodge of the York Rite called “Muy Respetable Gran Logia Nacional Mexicana”, this being the reason why they have been denominated “Logias Yorkinas” since, from the beginning, they obtained their Charter from the Grand Lodge of New York.

In 1860, after great turmoil and historic events which shook Mexico, all the original Lodges disappeared and the Gran Logia Nacional Mexicana ceased to exist. “Unión Fraternal” was the only Lodge that remained active and it held 200 members, mainly foreigners. Bro. James C. Lohse, who was the Worshipful Master of this Lodge at the time split it into three Lodges: “Unión Fraternal”, working in Spanish, “Emules d´Hiram” working in French and “Eintracht”, working in German.

With these three Lodges was thus formed the Gran Logia Valle de México in 1865, while James C. Lohse became the first Grand Master.

On June 23, 1910 the Gran Logia Valle de México split. Only eight Lodges with a majority of Mexican members remained with the Gran Logia Valle de México while the Lodges with a majority of foreign members, eighteen in total, were joined into a new Grand Lodge in 1911 and its name went from “Muy Respetable Gran Logia Valle de México, A.L. y A.M.” to “Most Worshipful York Grand Lodge of México, F.& A.M.

This Grand Lodge has prevailed until this day and practices state-of-the-art Freemasonry in Mexico.



FROM 1910 TO 2015

Lodge Previous Number Actual Number City Constituted Demised
Toltec 214 1 México, D.F. Missouri Charter 28/Dec/1882 GLVM 1/Feb/1894
Washington Hidalgo 2 2 Chiahuahua, Chi. 29/Jan/1903 29/Mach/1956
Anahuac 141 3 México, D.F. 03/July/1891
Cananea 4 4 Cananea, Son. 06/Nov/1902 08/Dec/1927
Hiram 5 5 Parral, Chi. 18/Feb/1902 20/March/1926
Guadalajara U.D. 5 Cutzalan, Jal. Guadalajara, Jal. Guadalajara, Jal. 14/Feb/1950 12/March/1955 16/Mar/1957 22/Mar/1951 24/Nov/1956
George Washington 195 6 San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. 24/June/1882 19/Sep/2015 31/Dec/1958
Albert Pike 229 7 Puebla, Pue. 13/May/1895 06/Feb/1967
Sufragio Libre 8 8 Ciudad Juarez, Chi. 29/April/1908 05/04/1917
Jalisco 9 9 Guadalajara, Jal. 13/July/1903 06/April/1944
Tampico 10 10 Tampico, Tam. 12/Oct/1897 06/Feb/1967
Esperanza 11 11 El Oro, Mich. 12/Dec/1899 16/Feb/1938
Sonora 12 12 Cananea, Son. 18/Jan/1894 12/June/1939
Monterrey 242 13 Monterrey, N.L. July/1898
Tehuantepec 14 14 Matias Romero, antes Rincón Antonio, Oaxaca 03/Jan/1905 20/Dec/1914
Creston 247 15 La Colorada, Son. 17/Jun/1899 16/July/1917
Aguascalientes 251 16 Aguascalientes, Ags. 16/Sept/1899 25/Jan/1915
Hidalgo 264 17 Pachuca, Hgo. 16/Sept/1902 09/March/1974
Chichindaro 23 18 Guanajuato, Gto. 01/May/1906 29/March/1956
Eagle 19 19 Minatitlan, Ver. 17/April/1919 04/April/1942
Laguna 20 20 Torreon, Coah. 05/March/1931 25/Feb/1965
Southern 21 21 Merida, Yuc. 24/March/1932 18/April/1946
Azteca 22 22 México, D.F. 14/March/1959
Cuernavaca 23 23 Cuernavaca, Mor. 12/March/1966
Research 24 24 México, D.F. 12/March/1966
Acapulco 25 25 Acapulco, Gro 14/March/1970 13/Dec/1982
Alexander Von Humbolt 26 26 México, D.F. 10/March/1973
Morelos 27 27 Cuernavaca, Mor 10/March/1973
Tijuana 28 28 Tijuana, B.C. 10/March/1979 09/March/1991
Atemajac 29 29 Guadalajara, Jal. 12/March/1983
Quetzalcoatl 30 30 México, D.F. South of the City 07/March/1987 10/March/1995
Axixic 31 31 Ajijic, Jal. 11/March/1989
Xochicalco 32 32 Cuernavaca, Mor. 02/March/1994
Zamora 33 33 Ocotlan, Jal. 27/July/1996
Puerto Vallarta 34 34 Puerto Vallarta, Jal. 13/March/1999
Research Lodge 35 35 Guadalajara, Jal.
Armonia 36 35 Guadalajara, Jal.
Chiapas U.D. U.D. San Pedro, Chiapas México, D.F 31/Aug/1911 20/Dec/1917 20/March/1913 17/April/1919
Xalapan U.D. U.D. Xalapa, Ver. 19/Sep/2015

V.W. Bro. Mario Collignon, Grand Historian