The Feminine Grand Lodge of France (GLFF)
The Feminine Grand Lodge of France is the oldest French Feminine Grand Lodge. It initiates women who become Sisters. Brothers of all GLFF recognized Grand Lodges can come as visitors in its lodges. However, it happens that the Lodge leaves Brothers visitors outside the Temple so that the Lodge conducts its “family business”.
History of the Feminine Grand Lodge of France
The Feminine Grand Lodge of France was established from the Lodges of Adoption1 of the Grand Lodge of France. Each mixed lodge of Adoption was led by a masculine Lodge. Thus, for a specific ritual, many Freemasons spouses had access to a masonry of their own. Lodges of adoptions have flowered in the 19th century.
The first lodge of adoption from which the Feminine Grand Lodge of France was lit in 1901. She was built on “Le Libre Examen2 “, Nr 217. This attempt did not last long. In 1906, the “La Nouvelle Jérusalem3 ” Lodge, Nr 378 on the board of the Grand Lodge of France, requested permission to create a lodge of adoption. The adoption Lodge Nr 376bis is created on May 31, 1907.
Until 1935, several other Lodges of the Grand Lodge of France will create lodges of adoption, using the “Renovated Ritual of the Ladies”.
1935 is an important date in the history of Feminine Freemasonry : the Grande Loge de France decided at that time to grant autonomy to all its Lodges of adoptions. The Sisters then create a “Grand Secretariat” to administer their working.
In 1945, while the French Masonry is undergoing reconstruction, the Grande Loge de France confirms the autonomy of its Lodges of adoptions. They are then building the Masonic Feminine Union of France4 .
The Feminine Masonic Union of France becomes the Feminine Grand Lodge of France in 1952. It was not until 1959 that the Feminine Grand Lodge of France abandoned Rite of Adoption to use the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.
The creation of a higher grades system will lead to the creation in 1972 of the Feminine Supreme Council of France, installed by the Feminine Supreme Council of the United States.
The Feminine Grand Lodge of France Today
The Feminine Grand Lodge of France now has 15,000 Sisters, and over 350 Lodges. The dynamism of this grand Lodge led it to create Feminine Lodges and Grand Lodges in many countries.
If the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is the rite of the main one, the French Rite and the Rectified Scottish Rite are also in use. A Lodge continues to practice the rite of Adoption.
Grande Loge Féminine de France
60, rue Vitruve