About the Lecture Series

M.W. Bro. Raymond S. J. DanielsOn Aug 4, 2009 M. W. Bro. Raymond S. J. Daniels, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario announced his project for the creation of the Sankey Centre for Masonic Studies.

The Sankey Centre for Masonic Studies in conjunction with Brock University envisioned by the Grand Master is now becoming a reality. By his Grand Master’s project he is raising funds to establish a centre, to encourage research into the significant impact fraternalism in general and Freemasonry in particular have made on our society here in Canada and throughout the world.

The Centre is named in honour of R.W. Bro. Charles A. Sankey (1905-2009). Dr Sankey served as Chancellor of Brock University from 1969 to 1974. A renowned Masonic scholar, he was active in all the concordant bodies of Masonry including the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite (33rd degree), the Royal Order of Scotland, and Royal Arch Masons. His extensive collection of rare Masonic books and papers is in the Special Collections of the James Gibson Library at Brock, providing a rich resource for research scholars and students.  A more detailed biography of Charles Sankey can be found here.

The Centre is mandated to achieve its purpose in three phases.

Phase 1 To initiate a series of annual lectures by world renowned and local Masonic scholars with an option for periodic multi-day conferences.

Phase 2 The establishment of an endowed fund to financially assist students in the study of Masonry.

Phase 3 The establishment of an endowed Chair for Masonic studies at Brock University.

The first phase of this project is well underway with the Sankey Lecture series.