Wednesday, May 2, 2012

YREP Update: York Rite Sovereign College Educational Program

At the end of last year, I discussed the creation of a York Rite Education Program. Well, through the Internet, a Brother had told me about me the York Rite College establishing an education program.  Well, the York Rite Sovereign College of North America (YRSCNA) has finally come out with a program similar to the Scottish Rite's Master Craftsman Program.

In the Spring 2012 edition of the York Rite Crusader, the official publication of the YRSCNA, stated:
Last year, the Education Committee recommended that an “educational tool kit” be developed and administered by the Sovereign College. Subsequently, we received a number of requests to consider developing a program similar to the Southern Jurisdiction Scottish Rite’s Master Craftsman program. For those not familiar with the Master Craftsman program, it is a series of multiple choice exams and essay questions on the degrees of the Scottish Rite. It is administered by the House of the Temple staff in Washington, DC, and has proven to be a very popular program for the Scottish Rite.     

The Education Committee agreed that a similar program should be developed and adopted by the Sovereign College. Participation by companions and knights across North America will strengthen the value of every College and the York Rite in general. To this end, the committee has developed a self-study program through the Chapter and Council Degrees and the Commandery Orders of the York Rite.     

Companion Adept of the Temple is a self-study program through the Degrees and Orders of the York Rite of Freemasonry administered by the Sovereign York Rite College of North America. This program is offered to any York Rite Mason by enrollment through the Sovereign College office.     

The program offers a series of exams focused on the ritualistic, philosophical, and esoteric teachings of the York Rite. The exams include a combination of multiple-choice, true-false, and essay questions pertaining to information presented in the Degrees and Orders of the Rite and/or in the resource materials which are recommended for purchase with the program.     

There are five exams included in the curriculum, The first two exams will cover the Chapter Degrees and are styled “The Degrees of the Capitular Rite.” Exam III is titled “The Degrees of the Cryptic Rite;” Exam IV covers “The Orders of Chivalry,” and Exam V is titled “The York Rite Traditions and Freemasonry.     

Enrollment in the Companion Adept of the Temple will be through the Sovereign College office. The enrollment cost will be $30.00, Resource materials which can be used in taking each exam, along with ordering information, will also be listed. Enrollees can purchase these materials to use as a guide in answering the questions provided in each exam. These resources include books which are readily available through Masonic Supply catalogues or as downloadable ebooks, such as Understanding the Royal Arch, Guide to the Royal Arch Chapter, Some Royal Arch Terms Examined, and The Royal Arch, Its Hidden Meaning.     

This Program is currently available. Please contact the Detroit Office for enrollment information.
You can contact the York Rite Sovereign College of North America at:

P. O. Box 368
Denton, NC 27239-0368
Phone: (336) 859-9772
Fax: (336) 859-0454

Please make checks for the Educational Program payable to the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and please put a note with the letter to inform them you want to start the program and they will forward the materials to you.

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