Societas Rosicruciana
in Civitatibus Fœderatis

Louisiana College


The Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (Rosicrucian Society of the United States) was formed on September 21, 1880, by three Colleges within the previous ten months by the Society in Scotland. It is entirely autonomous and in no way connected with any other institution.The Society in the United States is in amity with the only other similar societies in the world – Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (England), Societas Rosicruciana in Scotia (Scotland), and Societas Rosicruciana in France. The Society in the United States is not in amity with Societas Rosicruciana in Canada.Membership, which is by invitation, is predicated on being a Master Mason and Christianity. The Society is not merely another degree of Freemasonry which may be acquired and outside of the normal “workings” of the Craft.The Masonic qualification assures its membership that the neophyte has given proof of the fidelity and privacy which characterizes a member of that Fraternity. The Christian qualification is required because the character of the Grade rituals is completely Christian, and would not be understood or appreciated by those of other faiths. This character is emphasized in the Ceremony of Admission and it will be noted that a certain community outlook and understanding among the members (called Fraters) is necessary.

The governing body of the Society is known as The High Council composed of Fraters of the Third Order (IX° and VIII°), plus any College Celebrant not a member of the Third Order. The head of the Society is titled The Supreme Magus, IX°, elected each triennium. The subordinate bodies are termed “Colleges” each being headed in the United States, by a Chief Adept, IX°, appointed for a three year term by the Supreme Magus.Membership in a college is restricted to 72. New members are required to select a distinctive latin motto and state that they are not a member of a non-Masonic Rosicrucian organization as a matter of ethics. The Society is not interested primarily in increasing its membership, but considers such brethren whose interest in the Society’s aims is sincere and whom it considers to be in sympathy with the movement.

Reference: Texas College, S.R.I.C.F.

The aim of the Society is to take an active part in working out the great problems of life and understanding the art, wisdom, and literature of the Ancient World, and to study the system of philosophy which was inculcated by the original Fratres Rosae Crucis of 1450 AD and based upon the Hermetic, Platonic, and Qabalistic teachings of the ancients.The object is to bring Freemasons of philosophic and academic outlook together to encourage each other in the pursuit of philosophy and scholarship in the widest sense, and bring them a few steps nearer to wisdom and understanding of the true nature of reality.

2024 Calendar

  • March 16: Stated Convocation

  • September 21: Stated Convocation

  • November 15-16: High Council Annual Meeting (Louisville, KY)


Fr∴ Allen G. Tidwell, VIII°