The esoteric is what distinguishes us as a Fraternity, and participation in the appendant bodies can help one develop one's personal journey in Masonry and in life. This search takes effort, and if one desires to see, one must close one’s eyes. Then can one uncover those mysteries which are veiled. This search within the self is, of course, the journey of a lifetime. What is unique about the Masonic experience is the conviction that this inner search cannot be affected alone but rather within a community of Brothers. Participation in the appendant bodies has helped me towards this realization of Esoteric Masonry.
In closing, let me convey to you that I am enormously proud of our jurisdiction, its Blue Lodges, and all of our appendant bodies, including the Order of the Eastern Star and the youth orders. I look forward to my active participation in the Ritual of the Blue Lodge and the appendant bodies long after my retirement as Grand Master, so that I may assist others in their search for still further Light in Masonry.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Charbel T. Fahed
Grand Master of Masons
Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
Adapted from the Grand Master's Speech of 9 November 2019 on the Centennial Celebration of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the District of Columbia