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The Brotherhood of man under the one Fatherhood of God, compels us to seek shelter here.
PETER DOUGLAS CLARKE, 11
(Prepared September 15, 2016)
Date of Birth: August 27, 1941
Place of Birth: Bartons, St Catherine, Jamaica
Date of Marriage: August 27, 1966
Married for 50 years to Patricia Dionne Wright (DOB: April 08, 1943) and they have 3 children (Nikki, Jason & Peter Douglas, 111) and 3 grandchildren (Navaan, Khyra & Josiah).
Address: P.O. Box 31, Black River, St Elizabeth
Telephone: 876-531-5389 (Lime); 876-437-1000 (Digi); 838-4611 (Lime)
Freemasonry: Charity, Benevolence, Love and service to mankind.
On May 02, 1984, Bro. the Very Revd Fr Peter D. Clarke, OStJ, JP was proposed by W. Bro. Neville Culley and W. Bro. Steve Bruneau and after approval was initiated in Meridian Lodge No. 125, Harmony Hall, Pierrefonds, Montreal of the Grand Lodge of Quebec. This Lodge meets on the First Wednesday of every month excepting August and is founded on the old military style principles and prides itself on precision and perfection in ritual work. In September of the same year he was passed to the Fellowcraft Degree and in March 1985 raised to Master Mason. The membership in this his Mother Lodge made a lasting impression on him physically, emotionally and spiritually. Significantly, his Lodge gave him the highest spiritual lift needed for a person of Jamaica of African descent who was nurtured by his brethren of 77 members of which only three was of African descent and 74 white members. While the Canadian society in general at that time offered a working environment that was in some ways a harsh racial reality, he found much comfort, support, friendliness and brotherly love in his lodge brethren. He was convinced for all times that Freemasonry as practiced by Meridian Lodge was true brotherhood and convinced him to direct all of his energy, time and love to a devoted Masonic Career wherever dispersed around the world.
Bro. Clarke served diligently the seven years required to build Solomon’s Temple (a spiritual journey) as Steward, Inner Guard, Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, Secretary, Junior Warden, and Senior Warden. With the confidence of the brethren of the Lodge he was elected Master of the Lodge and served from 1991 -1992 with distinction, honour and zeal.
In 1991, W. Bro. Clarke became an affiliate member St George’s 440, EC, Harmony Hall, Pierrefonds, Montreal. In 1862, when the Grand Lodge of Quebec was formed, this Lodge opted to remain a member of the English Constitution and is the only lodge in Quebec with that status.
In 1995, Wor. Bro. Clarke on his return to his native land became an affiliate member of Liguanea Lodge 1479, SC. Here again, Bro. Clarke felt the Masonic warmth experienced in his Mother Lodge of Montreal and Scottish Lodges of the Grand Lodge of Quebec like that of St Andrew and Argyle. Notable members are his proposers and seconders Brothers Glen McDonough and Rod Ashby who offered suggestions as to establishing his masonic agenda in the homeland. Remarkable brethren in utilizing the Masonic experiences of Bro. Clarke were Bro. Lemuel Lindo who had Bro. Clarke working on the formation of Lodge Jackson McLaren Wint as Secretary. In a matter of about a year the Lodge was founded with Bro. Lindo as its first RWM and Bro. Clarke as the Secretary.
In the same year, W. Bro. Victor Thompson and Bro. Maurice Clarke nominated and the Lodge approved Wor. Bro. Clarke an Affiliated Member of Arawak Lodge 6902, EC. Bro Clarke has not been active in Arawak Lodge because a year later in 1996, assuming an assignment as Vice President of Administration and Finance for 3 ½ year at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), gave him an opportunity to become an affiliated member of Portland Lodge # 7740, EC, recommended by Wor. Bro. J. P. Morgan and W. Bro. Carl McDonald. Now because the Lodge meetings were held in Morant Bay every first Saturday, much comraderies and fellowship developed and strengthened the Lodge. Bro. Clarke served in many offices culminating in the Worshipful Master’s chair in 2001. During his mastership, W. Bro. Clarke appointed a Lodge Building Committee, which spearheaded plans resulting in the start of Lodge building in Port Antonio.
In 2007, he was proposed as an Affiliated Member Lodge Barrington Miller, # 1829,(LBM) by the Depute District Grand Master Bro. Colonel Lemuel A. Lindo and accepted by the Lodge. During this period, Bro. the Very Revd Fr Clarke was assigned in his avocation as Rector of the St Elizabeth Parish Church, Black River and other churches in St Elizabeth. He worked assiduously to build, establish and grow Freemasonry in the “food basket” parish of Jamaica. He served in many offices of LBM promoting growth and development. He served as RWM of LBM in 2012. Under his leadership a drive was made to increase the number of good men of the parish initiated in the Lodge and to see to the acquisition of a Masonic Temple.
During this period, the RWDGM Bro. L. Lindo, caused to be conferred on Bro. Clarke the rank of the Honorary District Senior Grand Chaplain. At the Festival of St Andrew in 2012, the RWDGM appointed Bro. Clarke to the Office of District Senior Grand Chaplain, which Office he holds to present. In 2014, RWDGM promoted Bro. Clarke to Honorary District Senior Grand Warden, HDSGW.
Bro. Clarke has participated in the founding of a number of lodges under the Scottish Constitution. They are as follows: Lodge Jackson McLaren Wint and Lodge Stony Hill.
He has honorary membership in the following lodges of the Scottish Constitution: Lodge Coyaba and Lodge Calabar.
ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER
Bro. Clarke was proposed by Rt Ex. Comp. N. Culley and Ex. Comp. Steve Bruneau to the membership of Mount Lebanon Lakeshore Chapter of Royal Masons #20, Harmony Hall, Pierrefonds, Montreal, Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec, in 1985. Having the approval of the Royal Arch Chapter, Bro. Clarke received the degrees: Mark Master Mason, Excellent Master and the Royal Arch. Further, to keep in touch with the steps and levels of the American York Rite system, before being exalted to the Supreme Royal Arch Degree, Excellent Master Clarke, was elected and installed as Right Worshipful Master in a Virtual Past Master’s Lodge. After serving in various offices including that of Haggai and Jeshua, Ex. Comp. Clarke was elected First Principal and installed in ancient form in 1990. In his year as Zerubbabel, the Chapter marked/acknowledged and received/honored 15 candidates.
On June 6, 1990, at the annual Convocation of Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Quebec, Montreal, E.C. Clarke along with all First Principals (Zerubbabels) present were anointed, consecrated and set apart to the Holy Order of High Priesthood (HOHP).
At the 1992 Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Chapter of Quebec, it pleased the M.E. Grand First Principal Robert McCartney to appoint E.C. Clarke to the Office of Grand Principal Sojourner of Royal Arch Masons, GPS, GCQ.
In the following year, the Very Excellent Companion Clarke, GPS, accompanied where possible nearly all the visits of the Grand First Principal and the District Grand Superintendents in the 5 districts of Quebec.
At the conclusion of the year in office, Very Excellent Companion Clarke was appointed in rank to Past Grand Principal Sojourner, PGPS, Supreme Grand Chapter of Quebec (GCQ), 1993
Past Master of York Rite Masonry: it was pleasing to Brent N. Martin, Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Vermont to install Companion Peter D. Clarke as Rt Wor. Master (RWM) in the Oriental Chair in Lafayette Chapter No. 4, R.A.M., Vermont, USA, at the York Rite Masonry Multi-Jurisdictional Festival, Montpelier, Vermont, October 8, 1988.
M.E.C. Clarke was affiliated in the following Royal Arch Chapters: Adirondack Chapter No. 39 R.A.M, Champlain, New York; Holy Land Royal Chapter # 8, Telavi, Israel; Friendly Royal Arch Chapter No.239, Kingston, Jamaica, E.C.
On May 10, 1991: Brother, E.Comp. and First Principal Clarke of #20 GCQ, the degree of Rt Wor. Past Master was conferred (York Rite Masonry) on him in Adirondack Chapter No. 39 R.A.M., Champlain, New York.
Brother M.E.C. Lemuel Lindo proposed the V. Ex. Comp. Clarke to be an Affiliated Member of Surrey Royal Arch Masons #880, SC, 1997 and accepted by the Chapter. He served in many Offices in the welfare of Royal Arch Masonry in the Scottish Constitution. In 2002, he served as Zerubbabel, First Principal, Surrey Royal Arch.
He received the Right Worshipful Mark Master (RWMM), 2002, SC. Noteworthy about this period in Royal Arch Masonry history in Jamaica was the combined installation by the Surrey, St Andrew and St John Royal Arch Chapters and the collaboration, unison and beauty in which this annual event was done.
In 2008, it was pleasing to M.E.C L. Trevor Jones, Grand Superintendent of Scottish Royal Masonry in Jamaica to confer on M.E.C Clarke the rank of Honorary District Grand Second Principal, (HDG2P.)
On August 14, 2015 M.E.C. Clarke met along with seven other Royal Arch Masons at the Santa Crest Hotel, Santa Cruz to develop and formulate plans for the introduction of Royal Arch Masonry to the parish of St Elizabeth. On December 4, 2015 it was pleasing for M.E.C. Grand Superintendent L. Trevor Jones and the Jamaica District Grand Chapter to consecrate and install office bearers of the new chapter, Mount Santa Cruz Royal Arch Chapter #897, McGregor Square, Kingston. M.E.C. Clarke was installed as Zerubbabel, First Principal of MSCRAC.
As an extreme honour to Royal Arch Masonry in Jamaica, it was pleasing for the Grand First Principal and his deputation of the Supreme Grand Royal Chapter of Scotland and the new Grand Superintendent M.E.C. Douglas Murray to visit an observe the workings of the new MSCRAC of the exaltation of three candidates on July 22, 2016. On Sunday July 24, he used his tour to examine the meeting room and its locality and to meet the local people in the Church at St John the Evangelist Church, Black River, St Elizabeth.
PRECECPTORY / COMMANDERY
In 1985, Royal Arch Companion Clarke was recommended by his Lodge Proposer and Seconder to be a member of Richard Couer de Lion # 7, Montreal, of membership of 825 members, one of the largest preceptories of the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada (SGRC). He was Knighted in the Preceptory #7, Sir Knight of the Temple, Knights Templar in 1986 after successfully passing all test of endurance and zeal through the Orders of the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross of Babylon, Knights of Malta, Rhodes, Acre and Jerusalem and Knights of the Temple.
He served #7 as the Registrar for eight years. During this period, he reformed and reintroduced a 22 member Escort of the Preceptory. This proved invaluable on the eastern side of Canada because on a number of occasions, the Escort was called on by the Supreme Grand Master of Canada to provide ceremonial escort in the reception and other duties of his office.
Sir Knight Clarke demonstrated such zeal and fidelity for Knights Templarism, that the brother knights saw it fit to nominate him to be their representative as Delegate to SGPC for the years 1991 at Victoria, British Columbia and 1992 at Peterborough, Ontario. In 1991’s Great Priory, he was the runner up nominee at SGPC for the Knights Templar Service Award.
Sir Knight Clarke leadership and zeal in Templarism spread throughout the Province of Quebec, and Ontario and the States of New York and Vermont. In 1988, at an invitation by Messena Commandery # 87, Messena, New York, Sir Knight Clarke was affiliated a member. At #87, he held several offices but more notable was that of Warden of Regalia.
One branch of Freemasonry that attracted Sir Knight Clarke was that of the Christian Knighthood. On his return to Jamaica in June 1994, he immediately visited the nearest Preceptory, Jamaica Preceptory #189 and sought affiliation status after the required number of visits. He was accepted an Affiliate Member Jamaica Preceptory No. 189, EC, in 1995. Brother Knight Clarke served in various offices of the Preceptory and Priory. He served as the Registrar for three years and elected, installed and served as Preceptor and Prior in 2001.
He served with distinction and simultaneously having a change in his avocation to the Anglican Priesthood served as Chaplain of #189 for fifteen years: from 2002 to present.
At the erection, consecration and installation of Francis Bavin Preceptory #639, EC, 2010, Eminent Knight Clarke (and now the Very Reverend Father) was asked by the Supreme Grand Master of the Sovereign Great Priory of England and Wales to act as the Great Prelate for the occasion. This task was so well done and pleasing to the Supreme Grand Master and his deputation, that Em. Kt Clarke was promoted at sight to the ranks of Past Great Warden of Regalia, (PGWReg.) of the Preceptory, and Past Great Turcopolier, (PGT) of the Priory.
He was made an Honorary member of Francis Bavin Preceptory, 2010, EC
He is a Foundation Member of Scottish Preceptory (in formation), 2016
CONCLAVE OF KNIGHTS OF CONSTANTINE
Royal Arch Companion and Sir Knight Clarke was recommended for membership in St Helena Conclave no. 11, Harmony Hall, Pierrefonds, Quebec, and was dubbed a Knight of Constantine in 1987. The membership in this conclave is restricted by law to 66 and Sir Knight Clarke was elated to be a member of such a masonic body. He served in a number of offices and finally to that of Viceroy after which he returned to his native land, Jamaica.
Upon his return, he sought affiliate membership in Jubilee Conclave #150, Jamaica, EC.
Sir Knight Clarke has sought with other Fraters to form a new Scottish Conclave of Knights of Constantine (in Formation), 2016.
CRYPTIC COUNCIL OF ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS
In 1986, Royal Arch Companion Clarke was recommended as a candidate for Victoria Council #4, St Mark Street, Montreal and in 1986 received as Royal Master. Later in the same year he was selected to be of the chosen class of Masters to work in quarries of King Solomon’s and was promoted to the Select Masters.
By diligence, fervency and zeal to assigned tasks, Select Master Clarke was made a Super Excellent Master of the superior class of workers such as according to the Volume of the Sacred Law, Noah, son Shem and others were made Royal Ark Mariners after the surviving of the greatest deluge that the world had experienced. He Presided over a Lodge of Super Excellent Masters. Served in many offices of the Cryptic Council culminating in Deputy Master and then return to his native land of Jamaica, 1994.
During this sojourn he met so many masons to highlight a few especially Rt Eminent Knight George Tomme (#7 and #4), who invited Very Excellent Companion Clarke, Past Grand Principal Sojourner of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec to be founder of Son Shem Council,#8 Chateauguay, Quebec, 1990. As Founder, he served in a few offices especially the Masonic Public Relation for the spread of the Cryptic Councils in the Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada and the states of New York, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Right Excellent Anthony Calderisi (#7 and #4) invited Very Excellent Comp. Clarke to assist in the rebuilding of the Cyrus Council of Royal and Select Masters, Plattsburg, New York, 1987. In addition to his PR roles observed as per #8, he served this Council as Captain of the Guard.
On his return to Jamaica, he sought Affiliate membership of Jamaica Council of Royal and Select Masters and since then, he has not been active in this vital branch of Freemasonry.
ANCIENT & ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE
In 1990, Lodge Proposer and Seconder proposed Bro. Clarke for membership in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite through the Hochelaga Grand Lodge of Perfection (14 degree), Montreal Rose Croix (18 degree) and Montreal Consistory (32 degree). This took a period of three years. On Good Friday 1993, after much diligence and servitude of the three year’s period and at 31 degrees, Illustrious Bro. Clarke was made a Prince of the Royal Secret, 32 degrees under the Supreme Grand Council of Canada. Here every degree of the thirty two degrees was worked in its own colourful lodge, council or consistory.
Sir Knight Clarke, Registrar of #7 and the Very Excellent Companion Grand Principal Sojourner of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Quebec having participated in the preparation of many candidates for the Shriners Temple of Montreal and Albany New York, was invited by the members of Albany Consistory of Prince of the Royal Secret, 32 degree, Supreme Northern Jurisdiction of the USA, Albany, New York, (1992) to a member of that body. While still in the process in Montreal to be knighted a 32 degree mason (then at about the level of 18th degree) a year later, he was invited to be a member of the Consistory of Albany of the Northern Jurisdiction. This was done starting on a Friday and concluded the Saturday in great comraderies and very colourful to the new Knights. In this setting, not all the degrees were worked.
Illustrious Prince Clarke on his return to Jamaica visited on a number of occasions at St John Council of 30 degrees and at one of these occasions witnessed the elevation of Illustrious Bro. Dr Barrington Miller being made a 31 degree mason.
This is one branch of Freemasonry where double membership is not encouraged. Affiliation to either the English or Scottish Constitution has not been sought by the Illustrious Bro. Clarke, Prince of the Royal Secret.
YORK RITE SOVEREIGN COLLEGE OF NORTH AMERICA
Throughout his Masonic Career in Canada, Bro. Clarke has been exposed to York Rite system which essentially is the comparative side to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. All of the Masonic system in the Craft Lodge, Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and the Preceptory practiced in the Province of Quebec seem to follow the York system of morality except in the Royal Arch Chapters, the York Rite of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island includes the Virtual Past Master’s degree. Bro. Clarke was dubbed a Knight of York of Unity College # 91, Montreal, 1991 and served as recorder for three years of Unity College.
In 1992, he was honoured with the York Rite Sovereign College Service Award.
ANCIENT ARABIC MYSTIC SHRINE OF NORTH AMERICA
Suitable candidates for the Ancient Arabic and Mystic Shrine are thirty second degree masons of the AASR or Knights Templar of the York Rite system. As Registrar of Richard Couer de Lion Preceptory for seven years, Sir Knight Clarke prepared most of the candidates for Karnak Temple and was never in seven years (a dynamic and well established mason throughout the Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada) been invited to be a member of the Shrine, which actually tested one’s faith in Freemasonry and its cardinal virtues then our bounded duty to practice throughout our moral fortitude. In the eight year of masonic neglect, the name of Bro. Clarke unknowingly was put to the ballot to be a member of Karnak Temple and reportedly unanimously approved to be a member under threat of mass resignation of well-known practicing masons. Bro. Clarke exercising the patience of Job, was made a Noble of Karnak Temple, Montreal, at the Shriners Convention, Cornwall, Ontario, in 1993.
According to the Shriner’s historical records, Noble Clarke was the first person of African descent to be admitted to Karnak Temple. Noble Clarke served on a number of the Shriner’s Parades as the Flag Bearer of the Arab Patrol and Drums Unit in Concorde, New Hampshire and Montreal. In the end, the bond of brotherhood for active masons proved worthy.
HOLY ROYAL ARCH KNIGHT TEMPLAR PRIEST &
THE HOLY ORDER OF WISDOM
In 1991, along with 12 other senior masons, a charter was granted by the Grand College of England for the formation of the Holy Royal Knight Templar Priest Tabernacle named and numbered Concordia Tabernacle #160, Montreal.
He served as Recorder until his return to Jamaica.
In 1995, Knight Priest Clarke sought and was granted affiliate membership of Jamaica Tabernacle No 162. He served in all chairs from First to Seventh Pillars and Conductor and in 2001 was elected and installed Very Eminent High Priest of Jamaica Tabernacle.
In 2005, it pleased the Grand College of England to promote Very Eminent Past High Priest to grand rank of Past Great Second Pillar. Since his initiation in this Order, Ill Great Second Pillar Clarke has been unavoidable absence only twice.
Again in 2007, Ill Bro. Clarke was promoted to Past Great Fifth Pillar for his dedication to hard work.
In the recent redefinition and reorganizing of the Orders, Grand College decided that the Holy Order of Wisdom to be conferred on all practicing Knight Priest worldwide. As a consequence of which, Very Ill High Priest Clarke was required by the Tabernacle to be the first High Priest presiding along with Grand Superintendent Peter Cole as the High Prelate in Jamaica in the conferring of the Holy Order of Wisdom, in 2015.
THE ROYAL ORDER OF SCOTLAND
In 1998, Rt Worshipful Provincial Grand Master W. D. Taylor proposed Bro. the Very Revd Fr Clarke a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge and Chapter, of the Royal Order of Scotland. Bro. Clarke served in many offices and was appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the first year of new Provincial Grand Master Rt Wor Bro. Errol Alberga, in 2002. Since then, Wor. Bro. has served as Provincial Grand Chaplain from 2009 to present.
THE CONCLAVE OF SECRET MONITORS
(David and Jonathan)
In the Order of Secret Monitor, Bro. the Very Revd Fr Clarke became the 12th member after the eleven names on the Charter. He has served as Guide and a Visiting Deacon since the inception.
10Rite system which essentially is the comparative side to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. All of the Masonic system in the Craft Lodge, Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and the Preceptory practiced in the Province of Quebec seem to follow the York system of morality except in the Royal Arch Chapters, the York Rite of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island includes the Virtual Past Master’s degree. Bro. Clarke was dubbed a Knight of York of Unity College # 91, Montreal, 1991 and served as recorder for three years of Unity College.
In 2005, it pleased the Grand College of England to promote Very Eminent Past High Priest to grand ran