Grand Master of the United Grand Lodges of Germany
What are the VGLvD?
Brotherhood of Masons
The United Grand Lodges of Germany have existed as an umbrella organisation to order masonic diversity in Germany since 1958. The overall 16.500 German Freemasons are organised independently in five Member Grand Lodges where they actively lead lives in the masonic community.
Freemasons in Germany
The five Grand Lodges differ in their histories, their manifestation and in what we Freemasons call system, meaning the very concrete and detailed objects of masonic body of thought. Because all Grand Lodges commit to the universal principles of freemasonry, they are organised in the umbrella organisation of the VGLvD.
This means there are five corporate members of the United Grand Lodges of Germany. A Freemason can only become a personal member of one of the five Grand Lodges and will then indirectly belong to the VGLvD.
Because its task is to represent the Grand Lodges as a united entity in foreign countries and for the German press and general public, the VGLvD has been called the ‘foreign ministry’ or the ‘voice’ of German Freemasonry.