Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia
Grand Chapter
Royal Arch Masons in Virginia
Grand Chapter
Royal Arch Masons in Virginia

500 Masonic Lane, Suite C, Henrico, Virginia 23223‑5552 500 Masonic Lane, Suite C
Henrico, Virginia 23223-5552


To all Royal Arch Masons holden under the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia.

Based on the letter dated March 13, 2020 issued by the Grand Master of Masons in Virginia regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak, with deep concern for the health of our membership, and in unity with the Grand Master, I am issuing the following decision:

All called convocations for the conferral of the degrees are suspended until further notice. Close contact between the companions and the candidates is necessary to effectively impress them with the primary tenets of the degrees. This elevates the risk of contracting the virus to an unacceptable level.

All stated convocations are authorized, at the discretion of the High Priest, to be opened and closed without the companions assembled about the altar and omitting the required ritual. The signs, however, are still required.

I will monitor the situation and revisit this decision as more information becomes available.

Raymond D. Steele
Grand High Priest

The Keystone - March 2020

In This Edition

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Grand High Priest

Most Excellent
Raymond Douglas Steele
Most Excellent
Raymond Douglas Steele

Raymond Douglas Steele was born March 14, 1947 in Winchester, Virginia. He is a graduate of James Wood High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served on active duty from 1969-1973 as a Radio Communications Technician Supervisor and Personnel Trainer aboard the U.S.S. Shenandoah AD-26. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished outstanding service. He attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia graduating with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. He completed various upper-level management courses at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia.


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Grand Chapter Information

Grand High Priest: Mt. Ex. Raymond Douglas Steele
Grand Secretary: Rt. Ex. Wayne H. Anderson
Deputy Grand Secretary: Mt. Ex. Clyde McAvoy Perry

 Mailing Address

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia
P.O. Box 2276
Portsmouth, Virginia 23702


500 Masonic Lane, Suite C
Henrico, Virginia 23223‑5552


Office:  (804) 222-9120
Fax:  (804) 222-3513
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