The Grand Chapter is the highest source of authority in Capitular Masonry in Wisconsin, subject to ancient landmarks, its Constitution, and the lawful jurisdiction of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. The Grand Chapter has sole government and superintendence of the several Chapters of Royal Arch Masons within the State of Wisconsin, with authority to settle any controversies that many arise between them, to assign their limits, prescribe laws and regulations for their government, to review, confirm or annul their decisions.
To be a preeminent body of Freemasonry by providing knowledge, skills, fraternity and quality services to our members. To be the premiere choice of Masons seeking further light and complete their Ancient Craft Masonry Degrees, thereby contributing to the strength and vision of Freemasonry. Royal Arch Masonry, in Wisconsin, shall accomplish this by creating a growing, active, relevant organization of great appeal that is well known and respected.
Wisconsin Royal Arch Masonry shall be a preeminent organization for high quality Freemasonry, consistently delivering, by symbols, allegory and example, a moral code founded on the highest standards of ethics, honesty and integrity. A fraternal organization committed to brotherly love, fostering fellowship, and practicing charity; dedicated to captivating, engaging and educating its members, their families and the community, where the Chapter is a vibrant, respected and valued part of their life.
The organization must be committed to excellence among Freemasons, maintaining quality programs and forging alliances designed to aid the Masonic community and develop the character and leadership skills of Royal Arch Masons.
A Wisconsin Royal Arch Mason can expect to find, in his fraternity, the opportunity to learn and be inspired; lead and be respected; be challenged; be entertained; cooperate with all Freemasons wheresoever dispersed; and be involved with his family; his companions and his community; and be proud to be a member of an organization committed to making a difference.
The Royal Arch Degrees was considered most important in the early years of Freemasonry and so dogmatic was the Mother Grand Lodge - from which all Speculative Masonry derives - that in 1813, when the two grand lodges in England united, a firm and solemn landmark was adopted and placed in the Articles of Union to guide Masons throughout the world forever on this matter: The Royal Arch Degrees is considered, by many, to be the culmination of the Ancient Craft Masonry. “Pure Ancient Freemasonry consists of but three degrees, that of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch." The landmark has never been changed and to this day no other degree has been officially recognized by the Mother Grand Lodge and every rite, system or additional degree in Freemasonry cannot confer its degree on a Master Mason until he has received the Royal Arch Degree. So a man is not a complete Master Mason until he receives the Master’s Word and he can only receive it in the Royal Arch Degree.
Royal Arch Masonry consists of four degrees, Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason.