Distressed Brethren, Widows and their Families

Within the Irish Constitution there are a considerable number of Masonic Charities directed towards the assistance of distressed Brethren, their Widows and Families. Select any one from the list below to get more information.

The Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund The Masonic Welfare Fund The Belfast Masonic Charity Fund
The Belfast Masonic Widows' Fund Down Masonic Widows' Fund The Derry Masonic Fund
The Richardson Memorial Charity Fund The Provincial Grand Lodge of Munster Masonic Benevolent Fund The Milne Watt Fund
The Joseph Karmel Benevolent Fund Masonic Orphans Welfare Committee  

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The Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund

This fund which was established in 1887, provides Annuities for distressed Freemasons and their spouses from all parts of the Irish Constitution.  842 Annuitants received assistance during 1998.

For further information, contact V.W. Brother Michael McWilliam, Assistant Grand Secretary at the Grand Lodge of Ireland.

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The Masonic Welfare Fund

A fund established in 1995 to relieve cases of poverty, hardship, sickness and distress among Freemasons, their wives, widows, children and other dependants who may not be eligible under the criteria of other schemes.

Its objectives include furthering the education of such persons by awarding scholarships, maintenance allowances, outfits, clothing, tools etc. to assist entry into a trade, profession or service, or to set up business.

This fund is able to offer assistance to other Charities as approved by the Grand Lodge of Ireland, whether or not they are connected with the Fraternity of Freemasons.

Freemasons who become  Patrons of this fund, receive an approved Masonic Medal and Certificate signed by the  Grand Master and Chairman.

For further information becoming a Patron, contact V.W. Brother Michael McWilliam, Assistant Grand Secretary for Charity at the Grand Lodge of Ireland.

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Belfast Masonic Charity Fund

Founded in 1862, it  affords assistance to deserving, destitute and indigent Freemasons or their families by offering grants or loans of money as the Committee may find best suited to the necessities of the applicant..

For further information contact The Secretary at: 115 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4ND

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Belfast Masonic Widows' Fund

Founded in 1873, it assists the widows and families (including dependent mothers and sisters) of deceased Freemasons who were in Lodges connected with the Fund.

For further information contact The Secretary at: 115 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4ND

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Down Masonic Widows' Fund

Founded in 1893. to assist deserving, destitute or indigent widows and families (including mothers and sisters) of Freemasons who have been subscribing members of a Lodge in the Province of Down, outside a 6 mile radius of Belfast.

For further information  contact Ernest J Woods, 179 Lower Braniel Road, Belfast BT5 7NP

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The Derry Masonic Fund

Believed to have been founded in 1900, it affords assistance to deserving needy Freemasons whose Lodge subscribes to the Fund. It also affords assistance to wives, widows and families of deceased Brethren, by grants and loans or such other means as the Committee may approve.

For further information please contact D I Bartlett, 50 Woodburn Park, Londonderry BT47 1PS

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The Richardson Memorial Charity Fund

Established by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Armagh in 1939 and named after the recently deceased Provincial Grand Master, this Fund provides help to distressed Brethren and widows of deceased Brethren in the Province of Armagh.

For further information, please contact the Provincial Grand Secretary of Armagh.

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Munster Masonic Benevolent Fund

Established in 1967 to assist distressed, indigent or aged Brethren of Lodges under its jurisdiction, their wives and.or dependents. It receives funds from Brethren in Munster, and money is also raised from sale of the book "Memoirs of the Lady Freemason".

For further information, please contact the Provincial Grand Secretary of Munster.

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The Milne Watt Fund

Set up in 1973-74 to perpetuate the memory of RW Bro Robert Milne and R W Bro W Watt, Provincial Grand Master and Provincial Deputy Grand Master respectively. The fund is used to help Brethren, widows and their elderly daughters in reduced circumstances.

For further information, please contact V.W.Bro. Michael McWilliam, Assistant Grand Secretary at the Grand Lodge of Ireland.

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Joseph Karmel Benevolent Fund

Established in 1959   to  perpetuate  the name of Joseph Karmel, an active and devoted member of the Order of Knight Masons. The Fund offers help to any Knight Mason, his widow or children of school age, who may be in need of assistance.

For further information, please contact the Secretary of the Fund, Freemasons' Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

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Masonic Orphans Welfare Committee

Founded in 1917, the Committee advises, encourages, assists and promotes the welfare of necessitous orphans and children of Freemasons, provided they are not more than 25 years of age. Grants are for a wide range needs, including  travel and educational expenses for those in third level education.

For further information, contact the Secretary of the Fund, 15 Rosemary Street, Belfast.

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