Welcome to Civil Service Lodge, A.F. & A.M. No. 148, Grand Lodge of Canada in The Province of Ontario

Our History

In the history of Civil Service Lodge, the 14th day of May, 1861 is the beginning of 153 years of interested and dedicated devotion by countless hundreds of Masons.
In May, 1861 the seat of government for Canada was in Quebec City. Many Masons who were in the employ of the government and had been members of lodges in Kingston, Ontario, decided to form a lodge of their own to be designated Civil Service Lodge and that their charter would grant powers similar to those exercised by Regimental Lodges owing to the fact that the government in the 1850's and 60's moved it's headquarters every few years.
No records have been found which would indicate exactly when the idea of forming the lodge actually began, or who initiated the thought. Accordingly, we must of necessity commence with the receipt of dispensation granted by M.W. Bro. T.D. Harington, Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Canada, to form this new lodge.

The evening of May 14th, 1861, in the lodge rooms in Quebec city saw the arrival of some 28 Masons. At 8:00 p.m., the lodge was opened in the First Degree with James H. Rowan, a Past Master of St. Johns Lodge, Kingston, in the chair. R.W. Bro. R. Pope, D.D.G.M. (acting for the Grand Master) and the officers of Grand Lodge were received with Grand Honours.
The D.D.G.M. took the Master's chair and in time-honoured custom proceeded to Consecrate and Constitute the lodge as The Civil Service Lodge of Canada. James H. Rowan was then, after due procedure, installed as the first Worshipful Master of the new lodge. The officers were invested and the lodge closed severally in the third, second and first degree. The time: 10 p.m. Thus, the beginning...

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2nd Tuesday of each month,
except June, July and August.

Ottawa Masonic Centre, 
2140 Walkley Road, 
Ottawa, ON K1G 3V3


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Civil Service Lodge No. 148
2140 Walkley Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1G 3V3
(613) 521-8636

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