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SHORT HISTORY of THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA

The first symbolic Masonic Lodges were constituted in the present Romanian territory in 1734, in Galaţi and in Iaşi.

THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA was constituted as a regular and sovereign Grand Lodge on the 20th of September 1880.

A true and honourable social elite from those times, such as famous artists, politicians, military men, members of the new social class of craftsmen and also the representants of the ancient nobility were members of the Romanian Freemasonry. Few years after the First World War and the Great Unification of Transylvania with Romania, the Transylvanian Lodges also became part of the Jurisdiction of THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA.

Starting with 1948, in Romania, for more than half of century, tyranny and persecution of the totalitarian communist regime prevented our Brethren to work. Masons were arrested, persecuted and often killed without any judgment.

After 1989, regular Freemasonry rekindled its Lights in the countries of the ex-communist block. With the knowledge of THE UNITED GRAND LODGE of ENGLAND, THE GRAND ORIENT of ITALY (Grande Oriente D’Italia – G.O.I.) decided to revive the regular Freemasonry in Romania.

Thus, on the 24th of January 1993, the 3 Lodges under the jurisdiction of THE GRAND ORIENT of ITALY (“Concordia”, “Delta Dunării” and “Nicolae Bălcescu”) re-constituted THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA, in a regular ritual led by M:.W:.Bro:. Giuliano Di BERNARDO, the Grand Master of THE GRAND ORIENT of ITALY (recognized at that time by THE UNITED GRAND LODGE of ENGLAND), with the assistance of M:.W:.Bro:. Douglas LEMONS, P.G.M., representing THE GRAND LODGE of FREE and ACCEPTED MASONS of THE STATE of CALIFORNIA and in the presence of numerous Italian and American Brethren.

Therefore, THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA became a regular reconstituted Grand Lodge, being re-established lawfully by duly regular Grand Lodges. This unquestionable truth is also sustained by the Reports of the Commission on Information for Recognition of the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons of North America.

On the 6th of November 2010, M:.W:.Bro:.Radu BĂLĂNESCU was elected and installed as the new Grand Master of THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA. On the 2nd of November 2013, M:.W:.Bro:. Radu BĂLĂNESCU was re-elected Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania for the second term of office, with 97,16 percent of the vote of the General Assembly of the National Grand Lodge of Romania.

THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA (MAREA LOJĂ NAŢIONALĂ din ROMÂNIA) is the only Romanian regular Grand Lodge in the territory of Romania. THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA is recognized by THE UNITED GRAND LODGE of ENGLAND and it has established 194 mutual recognitions with Regular Grand Lodges from all over the world.

On the 14th – 17th of May 2014 THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA has organized and hosted the 13th session of THE WORLD CONFERENCE of REGULAR MASONIC GRAND LODGES. The 13th WORLD CONFERENCE of REGULAR MASONIC GRAND LODGES has been the largest Masonic international conference and the largest gathering of representatives of Grand Lodges in history. Without the observers, 106 Grand Lodges from all the continents were represented in the Conference and there were registered 76 Grand Masters, 32 Grand Secretaries, as well as an impressive number of Deputy Grand Masters, Pro Grand Masters, and many other Grand Officers of the attending Grand Lodges. There were 21 keynote speakers, who delivered lectures in the workshop sessions of the Conference, some of them being registered to more than one panel discussion.

On the 17th of May 2014, in the 13th WORLD CONFERENCE of REGULAR MASONIC GRAND LODGES, the participants who attended the Conference, with a vast majority of votes, elected out of the three candidates M:.W:.Bro:. Radu BĂLĂNESCU the EXECUTIVE SECRETARY of THE WORLD CONFERENCE OF REGULAR MASONIC GRAND LODGES, for a term of office of 4 years and a half, with the possibility of being re-elected for another mandate with the same term.

THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA has built and has been maintaining the website of THE WORLD CONFERENCE of REGULAR MASONIC GRAND LODGES. Also, THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE of ROMANIA develops the content, publishes and distributes internationally and biannually the World Conference Magazine.