The following is the entry on The Ukraine in
Volume Two of "Freemasonry Universal - A New Guide to the Masonic
World", which will be published late this month, or early March,
2000. (Details are at: http://www.netlink.com.au/~kent/)
There is scant reference to Freemasonry existing in the Ukraine
during the Russian Czarist era. However, it has been claimed a
Grand Lodge of Ukraine was established in Kiev in 1919. If it did
exist, it cannot have survived Ukraine's incorporation into the
U.S.S.R. in 1920. The Ukraine achieved political independence in
1991, and conditions became amenable to freemasonry being
introduced to it.
The Grande Loge Nationale Francais (GLNF) chartered Loge Les
Trois Colonnes # 785 (The Three Columns) in Paris in April 1993 to
admit Ukrainians. It moved to Kiev in 1996, and was followed in
late 1998 with Loge Le Phoenix d' Ukraine # 1093 (The Phoenix of
Ukraine) at Kharkov. Both lodges use the Scottish Rite Craft
ritual in Ukrainian, and are presently administered under the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Lutece, in Metropolitan France.
However, further masonic expansion will undoubtedly see an
indigenous GLNF District Grand Lodge created, followed in due
course by a Grand Lodge of The Ukraine.
The Regular Grand Lodge of Italy has also been active in the
Ukraine. On 7 February 1998, the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy
consecrated Hiram Lodge # 25 at Odessa. It was subsequently
followed by Lodge Novaya Atlantida # 117 (at Kiev), and Lodge
Kosmopolitan # 119 (at Odessa). These three lodges were formed
into a Regional Grand Lodge under the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy
on 17 October 1998, governed by a local Regional Grand Master.
A further three lodges have since been erected - Light of the
Truth # 142 (at Odessa), Zoloti Vorota # 143 (at Kiev), and Obriy
# 145 (at Odessa). It is anticipated further lodges will formed
in the near future in Kiev, L'Vov, Donbas and the Crimea. A new
Grand Lodge for the Ukraine is likely to be consecrated in 2000.
No lodge in Ukraine yet possesses permanent premises, nor in
most cases regular meeting days. Intending visitors should
address enquiries through the GLNF Grand Secretary, or the Regular
Grand Lodge of Italy Grand Secretary, as appropriate.
Thanks for this information to Kent Henderson, PGSwdB, firstname.lastname@example.org
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