THE CELEBRATION FOR THE 80th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FREEMASONIC ORDER "DELPHI"
On February 25th 2006, during the last day of the 6th Conference of the Mediterranean Masonic Union, took place the celebration for the 80th anniversary of the Mixed Freemasonry in Greece. The Supreme Grand Commander stated the following:
"Today is a great day for Mixed Freemasonry since it completes the 80th year of its presence in Greece. And we are here to celebrate this event because the memory of the past kelps our march to the future.
The expectations and the vision of its founders, was for Freemasonry, to become an institution for the social appreciation of the woman. And this became a reality.
The history of Mixed Freemasonry coincides with history of our Order. It is well kwon that all liberal Orders were created as a response to the new conditions and needs of the society.
This is exactly what happened with the "DELPHI" International Freemasonic Order. The first mixed Lodge is the "Athena" Mixed Lodge nº 815. According to its Founding Charter, which is in our Records, the Lodge was funded in 1926 and was under the aegis of the International Mixed Freemasonic Order "Le Droit Humain". To this day, this Lodge together with other Lodges, constitute the "DELPHI" International Freemasonic order.
It is worthwhile to underline here some historical facts, so that all you who represent the liberal Orders, will become aware of. After 10 years of Freemasonic Work in Greece, the first mixed Lodges, due to a decision of the dictatorial regime of that era, suspended- in 1936- their functions.
In 1947, after the end of the Second World War, Lodge "Athena" commenced again its Functions. Membership was limited to only a few. In 1965, other autonomous Freemasonic Orders were united with the lodge "Athena" forming the 1st Hellenic Confederation of "Le Droit Humain". After two years, the Grand Council of "Le Droit Humain" dispensed with the Confederation and appointed a Delegate for the administration of all the initiatory and administrative matters.
In 1984, was founded the 2d Hellenic Confederation, which was abolished twelve years later by the Grand Council of "Le Droit Humain" for superficial reasons.
For this reason, in 1996, the General Assembly, decided for the independence of the Confederation of Lodges and the founding of the "DELPHI" International Freemasonic Order. The Order was named International, so that it may better administrate the initiatory and administrative matters, not only of all the Greek Lodges, but also of those Lodges that were founded in countries outside Greece.
This day, our Order has fully functioning Lodges in the East of Athens, Thessaloniki, Chania, Heraklion and Halkida, and abroad, in Bulgaria (Sofia and Varna), Rumania (Bucharest) and in the U.S.A. (Salt Lake City, UT - Austin, TX - Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV)
The number of Lodges is:
- 20 Blue Lodges in Greece,
- 2 Blue Lodges in Bulgaria,
- 1 Blue Lodge in Rumania and
- 4 Blue Lodges in USA
In our Order there are also 15 Lodges of Higher Degrees.
- 7 Lodges of Perfection,
- 4 RC+ Lodges,
- 2 CK Lodges,
- 1 Tribunal and
- 1 Consistory.
Our Order, in all its Degrees follows the "Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry"