Oziel Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star (PHA)

History of Oziel Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star

CMYK-800-Oziel_logo_2014Being a Prince Hall Eastern Star just does not happen by chance. Membership follows a long and proud lineage and is offered only to ladies who are related to Prince Hall Master Masons by blood or marriage.

The patriarch of the organization, Prince Hall arrived in Boston from Barbados in March of 1765 at the age of 17. He immediately secured employment in his trade as a leather worker. On March 6, 1775, he and 14 other Free Black men became the first men of color initiated into Masonry in the United States by British Army Lodge No. 441.

African Lodge No. 1 was organized on March 17, 1776 when the British regiment left Boston. African Lodge No. 1 was left with a dispensation, which only allowed them, limited functioning power. Unable to exercise the full rights and privileges of a lodge, Prince Hall applied to the Grand Lodge of England for a charter on June 30, 1784, which was received on April 29, 1787. The name was changed to African Lodge No. 459.

On June 24, 1791, the first African Grand Lodge was organized in Boston. Grand Lodges were formed in like manner in other states. Prince Hall died December 4, 1807. His legacy still lives on.

Women in general have participated in groups and orders throughout the centuries. Masons, thus giving their wives and daughters an opportunity to share some of the same pleasures they enjoyed themselves embraced many types of “Associations” in several countries. The first reliably known “Lodge of Adoption” was established on Paris in 1760. Lodges of Adoption were named such because each was required to be under the guardianship or coverage of some regular Masonic Lodge.

Adoptive Masonry implies the system or organized grouping of the steps in which lessons are communicated to a certain class of ladies who were “Adopted” into the Masonic communion. An Order can only be maintained through the combination of a single governing body and mutual consent of subordinate bodies.

In the 1850’s, Rob Morris of Kentucky was refining an organization called “Supreme Constellation of American Adoptive Rite,” which eventually evolved into the Order of Eastern Star. In 1866, Dr. Morris transferred all the authority he had assumed and exercised in regard to the “Order” to Robert Macoy of New York. Through the efforts of Macoy, the work was arranged more systematically and published in a manual called the “Adoptive Rite.” The Order also gained uniformity and curbed unauthorized conferring of degrees.

Black women in particular were granted membership when an agent of Robert Macoy conferred several adoptive degrees on Sir. Thornton Andrew Jackson on August 10, 1874. He also received a letter granting him authority to establish chapters of the Order of Eastern Star for Black Women. On December 1, 1874, Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 was established in the home of Mrs. Georgiana Thomas of Washington, DC.

Because of the actions taken in 1874, the “Stars” spread to New Jersey by way of individual subordinate chapters sanctioned by two separate self-styled Grand Chapters functioning within the state. The seed for one official New Jersey Grand Chapter was planted, December 28, 1911 by the former Most Worshipful United Grand Lodge, F & AM of NJ.

OZIEL GRAND CHAPTER, ORDER OF EASTERN STAR, INCORPORATED, PRINCE HALL AFFILIATION, was created with the merger of the two grand bodies on June 24, 1913. It was officially welcomed as an Appendant Order of Masonry by the MWUGL on June 25, 1914 with eight subordinate chapters.

Prince Hall Affiliation
for the Jurisdiction of New Jersey
Instituted June 24, 1913

Website: http://www.ozielgrandchapternj.org

Sister Audrey M. Hopkins
Grand Worthy Matron
Bro. Clifton J. Hardy
Grand Worthy Patron

OES Districts

1st OES District

Burlington, Camden, Gloucester Counties

2nd OES District

Cumberland, Salem Counties

3rd OES District

Atlantic County

4th OES District

Monmouth, Ocean Counties

5th OES District

Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset Counties

6th District OES District

Morris, Union Counties

7th District OES District

Bergen, Hudson, Passaic Counties

8th OES District

Essex County


Dates to Remember

MWGM Testimonal Banquet
Apr 08, 2016 – Apr 10, 2016
Location: East Hanover
Omega Chapter #60 Annual Affair
Apr 15, 2016 – Apr 16, 2016
Star of Bethlehem # 26 Annual Affair
Apr 16, 2016 – Apr 17, 2016
Queen of Sheba # 4 Annual Affair
Apr 16, 2016 – Apr 17, 2016
Deborah Chapter #51 Annual Affair 12:00pm
Apr 16, 2016 – Apr 17, 2016
Martha Chapter # 37 Annual Affair
Apr 16, 2016 – Apr 17, 2016
Zipporah Chapter #11 Annual Affair
Apr 16, 2016 – Apr 17, 2016
Melchizedek Day
Apr 17, 2016 – Apr 18, 2016
First OES District Banquet- DDGM & GDL
Apr 17, 2016 – Apr 18, 2016
Queen of Sheba Chapter #4, Official Visit
Apr 22, 2016 – Apr 23, 2016
Location: Englewood
Celestial Grand Court, Order of Cyrene Grand Conclave
Apr 23, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016
Queen Esther Chapter #2 Annual Affair
Apr 24, 2016 – Apr 25, 2016
Integrity Chapter #31 Annual Affair
Apr 24, 2016 – Apr 25, 2016
ERAME Chapter #62 Annual Affair
Apr 30, 2016 – May 01, 2016
Fidelity Chapter #16 Annual Affair
Apr 30, 2016 – May 01, 2016
St. James Chapter #58 Annual Affair
Apr 30, 2016 – May 01, 2016
Whit Sunday
May 01, 2016 – May 02, 2016
Golden Link Chapter #24 Annual Affair
May 01, 2016 – May 02, 2016
St. John Chapter #12 Annual Affair
May 06, 2016 – May 07, 2016
Abigail Chapter #64 Annual Affair
May 07, 2016 – May 08, 2016
Adah Chapter #17 Annual Affair
May 07, 2016 – May 08, 2016
Progressive Chapter #30 Annual Affair
May 07, 2016 – May 08, 2016
Youth Felicitares- Queen Contest
May 07, 2016 – May 08, 2016
Mother’s Day
May 08, 2016 – May 09, 2016
Conference of Grand Master’s & Grand Chapters
May 12, 2016 – May 16, 2016
Bethelehem Chapter #41 Annual Affair
May 14, 2016 – May 15, 2016
Aaron Chapter #8 Annual Affair
May 14, 2016 – May 15, 2016
Arbor Vitae Chapter #40 Annual Affair
May 15, 2016 – May 16, 2016
AscensionDay
May 15, 2016 – May 16, 2016
MWPHGLNJ/Oziel Scholarship Program
May 21, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Location: Grand East
Bethany Chapter #43 Annual Affair
May 21, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Esther Day- Statewide
May 22, 2016 – May 23, 2016
Location: Somerset
Eureka Grand Chapter- Sister Jurisdiction Visit
May 30, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Location: New York