Pierre Caeiro has recently been appointed as the new leader of the English Freemasons in Portugal. His investiture took place at a gathering of the Lagos-based Lodge of Discoveries, which was held at the Tivoli Hotel in Lagos on January 18th.
The investiture ceremony saw the attendance of Derek Tilbury, the District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Gibraltar. Derek performed the investiture on behalf of the United Grand Lodge of England. Also present was Paulo Rola, the Deputy Grand Master of the Grande Loja Legal de Portugal (GLLP), representing Portuguese Freemasons.
English Freemasonry has had a presence in Portugal since 1990, operating under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). Over the years, it has seen steady growth, with four Lodges and three Royal Arch Chapters now active across the Algarve and Greater Lisbon area. Pierre Caeiro’s official role is as the Grand Inspector of the UGLE English lodges in Portugal, succeeding Robert Levitt.
The ceremony was a part of the regular meetings of the Lodge of Discoveries and was attended by over 50 Freemasons. This included visitors from Pierre’s Surrey Lodge and Chapter in the UK, Freemasons from Gibraltar, GLLP Freemasons, and members of the Lodge of Discoveries. The event concluded with a dinner hosted by the Tivoli Hotel, during which €670 was raised for local charities.
Freemasonry, known as one of the world’s oldest social and charitable organizations, is founded on principles of integrity, friendship, respect, and community service. In today’s world, these values remain highly relevant. Pierre Caeiro emphasized the active role Freemasons play in local communities, contributing time and skills to various causes and supporting a wide range of charities through partnerships and new friendships.
Pierre, who joined Freemasonry in Surrey in 1988, following in his father’s footsteps, also holds the position of Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Discoveries. He expresses a deep enjoyment of Freemasonry, not only for its ceremonies and social events but also for the opportunity it provides to contribute positively to the community.
Source: The Portugal News