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Welcome by the Intendant-General
Welcome to the website of Benelux Division of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St. John the Evangelist.
This Masonic order of Christian chivalry is governed by the Grand Imperial Conclave for England and Wales and its Divisions and Councils Overseas.
Founded in 1868, and headquartered at Mark Masons' Hall in London, it has 27 Divisions within England and Wales, seven Divisions Overseas, and a number of unattached Conclaves.
Furthermore, our Grand Imperial Conclave also enjoys fraternal relationships with many daughter and sister Constitutions of the Order spread around the world.
The first Conclave of the Order in the Benelux was founded in 1985 (and was at that time an unattached Conclave). As the membership increased, it was decided to form the Division of the Benelux in 1990 and we now have ten Conclaves and over 200 members.
In 2014 I was honoured by the Grand Sovereign of the Order to be installed as the fourth Intendant-General for the Benelux Division. To regulate the Conclaves within our Division, I am assisted by a Deputy Intendant-General, a Recorder (the equivalent of a Secretary), and an advisory Committee of twelve senior members of the Order.
Candidates for admission into the Red Cross of Constantine must be Royal Arch Masons and profess a belief in the Trinitarian Christian Faith. They are admitted as a member of our Order in one of the ten local Conclaves within the geographical area of the Benelux and these meet two or three times a year.
There are also two large annual gatherings of the Benelux Division as a whole, which are held at varying locations either in the Netherlands or Belgium.
At one of these meetings, the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St. John the Evangelist are conferred on the members admitted in the previous year.
In this splendid and impressive ceremony, the Divisional Sepulchre Guard, formed by fourteen Knights of the Order, plays a significant role. These members also accompany me on my official visits to the local Conclaves.
You will find much more information about our wonderful Christian Chivalric Order within the following pages.
Should this website have aroused your interest and you wish to apply for for membership, you will find that it is a warm and friendly Order into which I and all our members will be delighted to welcome you.
Alasdair A.K. White, Intendant-General for the Benelux Division