New Quarries Lodge of Mark Master Masons

History

The New Quarries Lodge (NQL) of Mark Master Masons No. 1903 E.C. was founded in May 2009 in Salzburg as the first English-speaking Mark Master Masons' Lodge in Austria (and Eastern Central Europe), as well as a distinctly Central European Mark lodge. It is placed under direct jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas.

The NQL founders came from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Serbia as well as from England, France, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia – most were residing in Central Europe. At present, there are members also from Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, North Macedonia, and Switzerland, as well as Colombia and the Philippines.

The New Quarries Lodge was the very first MMM Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas working in Central and Eastern Central Europe. It constitutes a platform for traditional Mark Masonry in and for Central Europe. NQL is a multi-national and trans-border European regional Masonic body to study and put into practice aspects of the traditional and common European Masonry.

At the same time, the New Quarries Lodge was established – after an English-language Craft lodge – as the second of the English-language Masonic bodies in Vienna serving English-speaking Masons in Austria. It was soon followed by an English-language Royal Arch Chapter. Both the Craft lodge and the Chapter are using English rituals and are part of Austrian Masonic jurisdictions.

 

Last revised: June 2023