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freemasonry in los cristianos

 
Although freemasonry had been active in Spain from the middle 1800's it was subjected to many trials and tribulations from both church and state and eventually banned after the Spanish Civil war by General Franco.tenerife map After the death of General Franco in 1975 freemasonry was once again permitted in Spain and in 1982 the Grand Lodge of Spain was re-consecrated in Barcelona and later Teide Lodge No 34 was consecrated and was based in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island of Tenerife.
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Freemasonry arrived in the southern part of Tenerife in November 1989 with the formation of Tajinaste Lodge No 45 which held its meetings in a hotel in El Medano on the south eastern tip of the island. Their meeting place was later moved to a restaurant in Guaza, a small village to the east of Los Cristianos and eventually to a hotel in Los Cristianos. In December 1992 Tajinaste Chapter No 10 was consecrated and in 1993 a new lodge was also consecrated, Logia Ave Fenix No 73. This became the main Craft Lodge for the area whilst Tajinaste Lodge No 45 became a research lodge and later The Installed Masters Lodge of Tenerife. Two further moves were made before it was decided that Logia Ave Fenix, Tajinaste Chapter and the Installed Masters Lodge should hold their meetings in the village of Las Chafiras.
 
The year 2000 saw twelve of the original members of Logia Ave Fenix acquire a basement property beneath a supermarket in the Edificio Simon in Los Cristianos (see the local map) with the idea of turning it into a venue for masonic meetings. A Temple committee was formed, interest free loans raised and a great deal of time and skill donated the Los Cristianos Masonic Temple was opened in 2001 by the then Provincial Grand Master of the Canaries, the late Pedro Rodrigues Perez, and became the permanent home for Logia Ave Fenix No 73 and Tajinaste Chapter No 10. Since the opening of the new premises there has been a good steady growth both in the membership of the Lodges and Chapter and also in the number of visiting Masons from amongst the many holidaymakers who visit the island each year.
 
 
The year 2010 has been quite an eventful one for members of the Spanish Grand Lodge and for Logia Ave Fenix in particular.
In March there was an election for a new Grand Master which resulted in M.W.Bro Oscar de Alfonso Ortega with the largest majority recorded in recent years. This change in leadership promises to bring about radical changes in the running and administration of Spanish Grand Lodge.
 
The new broom has already been wielded with Rt.W.Bro Lawrence Howard of Logia Ave Fenix No 73 being appointed Assistant Grand Master of Spain, and Rt.W.Bro Gerald Ruben of Teide Lodge No 43 appointed Provincial Grand Master of the Canaries. We congratulate them both and wish them well in their new positions.
It is a very great honour for the Lodges of the Province of the Canaries to have two of their most senior members appointed to such high positions in Spanish Masonry.
 

 
Lawrence Howard
Rt. W. Bro Lawrence Howard
 
Gerald Ruben
Rt. W. Bro Gerald Ruben
 

 

Last updated on 18th April 2012