The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Keystone State
The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is the authority for Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and works under the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Council, 33° for the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States of America. Scottish Rite is the most popular brand of the Masonic Fraternity following the Symbolic, or 'Blue' Lodge.
The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation possesses the legislative and judicial powers not reserved to the Supreme Council and not inconsistent with the Constitution and Regulations. It is composed of the active and honorary members of the Supreme Council resident in the Commonwealth, the Past Commanders-in-Chief of the Consistories, the Past Presiding Officers of each Coordinate Body, the first three Officers of the Consistories and Chapters of Rose Croix, the first four Officers of the Councils of Princes of Jerusalem, and the Lodges of Perfection.
The Deputy is ex-officio Commander-in-Chief. The Commander-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is Ill:. Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33°, RWPGM, Deputy for Pennsylvania and Active Member of the Supreme Council.
The Council of Deliberation meets annually.
The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is the largest in total membership in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.