Grand Council Royal & Select Master Masons of Massachusetts

M∴I∴ Andrew C. Maninos Biography

Born on November 20, 1942, in Malden, Massachusetts, to Greek Orthodox parents, he graduated from Malden High School where he was President of the Malden Vocational High School as well Captain of the fencing team, and then attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1966, where he received an Associates degree in Applied Sciences.  Through his dedication to the school, he received an Honorary Bachelor of Science Degree of Technology in 2016.

During these early years, he was an active member of Malden Chapter Order of DeMolay and is a member of DeMolay International’s Legion of Honor and is a Senior DeMolay.

He served in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969, where he received an Honorable Discharge. Of all medals received he was most proud to have been awarded the Army Commendation medal.

Prior to entering the military, he was Raised in Converse Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in Malden, on March 8, 1965.  He served as Master in 1976, 1978, 2000, and in 2017.  Recognized by his lodge for his commitment and dedication, he was presented the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal in 1982, being the 1,249th Massachusetts Mason to receive this Honor. He later served as Master of the 35th Lodge of Instruction, and is a member of five additional Blue lodges, with three being Honorary.

In his service to our Grand Lodge, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Melrose 7th Masonic District from 1994 to 1996, was a Grand Steward in 1983, General Chairman of the Grand Master’s Country Fair in 1982, as well as serving on the Grand Lodge Service Committee. He is currently the Grand Representative to Brazil Goiaz.

An active York Rite Mason, he is a member of The Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle in Wakefield and served as its High Priest. He is a Past District Deputy Grand High Priest, and Past Grand King, member of the order of high priesthood.  He is a holder of the Benjamin Hurd Medal; he is a member of Mayflower York Rite College, #105 and Massachusetts Priory #52, KYCH.

A member of Orient Council of Royal & Select Master Masons in Wakefield, he served as Illustrious Master, and is a Past Deputy Grand Master. He is a member of Massachusetts Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters.   He is the holder of the Abraham A. Dame Medal, the Grand Representative to Rhode Island and currently is serving as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of Royal & Select Master Masons of Massachusetts.

A Knight Templar in Beauseant-Palestine Commandery #10, in Wakefield, where he served as Commander. A past Preceptor of the Sovereign Order of Knights  Preceptor, Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT), Grand representative to Kansas. He is a member of Bay State Conclave, R.C.C as well as the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Damascus Tabernacle XXVI.

He is a Past Grand Commander, and is a member of five other Commanderies, with two being Honorary.

In addition to the organizations listed above, he is also a member of Aleppo Temple Shriners, A.A.O.N.M.S, Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, N.M.J., as well as Omar Grotto.

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