Masons who have been the presiding officer of a Symbolic (Blue) Lodge
of Free and Accepted Masons , a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, a Council of Royal and Select Masons, and a Commandery of
Knights Templar are eligible for nomination and then invitation to receive the
York Cross of Honour.
The honor is not given automatically as the candidate must be voted on by the members of the Priory
as an indicator of having contributed outstanding service to the Fraternity and to the community.
The honor is given during a ceremony of reception which has no obligation and does not contribute
any additional Masonic light to the candidate. Therefore, the ceremony is not considered a degree.
The Order does not exist as a mutual admiration society where members
congratulate each other on their accomplishments. Neither is it a Masonic research or study society
nor a philanthropic organization. Of course, many members enjoy research activities and contribute to Masonic and
other charities, but this is not the main purpose.
Upon being knighted, the recipients are reminded that their days of service to the Fraternity and
mankind have not ended, but have just begun.
The Convent General is the governing body of the York Cross of Honour. The Convent General does
sponsor the Medical Research Foundation for Leukemia.
Locally, Knights belong to the Priory. Knights in Ohio belong to Ohio Priory #18. Ohio is divided
into four districts and meets four times a year, once in each district. The annual meeting is held
in November in the home district of the Eminent Prior (presiding officer of the Priory).
A Primer, Ohio Priory #18, Knights of the York Cross of Honour