Volume V Pre-Orders Available Until October 1

MSA is now taking pre-orders for Volume V of its famed Short Talk Bulletins series. This volume will cover the years 1983-1997. Special pre-order pricing will only be available until October 1, 2017.

With the exception of Volume I, which has sold out, each volume in the series can now be ordered online at msana.com. Shipping is included in the United States. Out of country pricing is available at the MSA office, 301-476-7330. Anticipated shipping for Volume V is late fall of 2017.

The special pre-order pricing of $68 for the Master Mason edition, and $123 for the Grand Master Edition, offers significant savings. A lodge can also order the Master Mason edition, when paid by lodge check only, for only $58.

This treasure of Masonic knowledge, that no Masonic library should be without, is edited by noted Masonic scholar Dr. S. Brent Morris. The nearly 700 pages in Volume V are edited and re-typeset from the original Short Talk Bulletins. Subjects include "Ideas and Leadership," "Forever Conceal and Never Reveal," and "The Boston Tea Party." The 180 topics included in Volume V cover Freemasonry in the Lodge, Literature, Philosophy, Individual Masons, Historical Freemasonry, and many others.

The Short Talk Bulletin has been printed continuously each month since January 1923. They are acknowledged as the widest distributed Masonic publication in the world, sent to every MSA member lodge and Grand Lodge officer free of charge. Subscriptions are available for $12 per year at msana.com.

50 Years Ago This Short Talk Bulletin Was As Relevant As It Is Today!

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1919 Photo of MSA's Origin

Thanks to Frank Little and Mount Pinson Lodge No. 495 of Pinson, Alabama for the photo of the participants at the first meeting of the Masonic Service Association. The meeting was held on November 11-13, 1919 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The photo was found by a man who was cleaning out a house after his grandfather died. He knew his grandfather was a Mason and gave it to Brother Wayne Wise. Brother Frank Little knew MSA would want a copy.

Now, it is framed and hanging at the MSA office. Do you know who is in the photo?

Click here for a larger picture

Order Yours Today! Volume IV of the Short Talk Bulletins

Volume IV of the Masonic Service Association's Short Talk Bulletins has arrived at the Burtonsville headquarters!

The Widest Distributed Masonic Publication in the World
• Re-Edited, Re-Typecast, and Indexed
• Nearly 700 Pages
• ”Volume IV” 1968-1982

Available in a Master Mason Edition or
a Grand Master Edition which has:
• Bonded Leather Binding
• Gilt Edges
• Satin Book marks
• Autographed

Sorry, Volume I is no longer available. If you've ordered Volume I, why not add to your collection before more volumes are sold out?

Click here to order.

Regius & Friends – Oldest Masonic Document, Plus Companion Manuscripts, Now Available

Regius packageThe Regius Poem, believed to be the oldest surviving Masonic document, is considered to be one of the "Old Charges" – that is, a description of the requirements to be a Freemason.

 There are other ancient manuscripts and documents, which also fall into the category of "Old Charges."

The archives of the Masonic Service Association contain descriptions, insights and commentary about at least four of these historic documents.  They are:

  • The Regius Poem (Halliwell Manuscript), circa 1390
  • The William T. Boyden Manuscript, circa 1700
  • The Shadwell-Cameron Manuscript, circa 1700
  • The Thomas Carmick Manuscript, circa 1727

For those who want to learn more about some of the earliest historical documents about Freemasonry, MSA has assembled of packet from its archived material.

The Packet includes 2 Digests, 2 historical Short Talk Bulletins, and 2 copies of other saved documents from MSA's archives, all of which try to explain and translate what our Masonic forefathers considered important.

These items, if obtained individually from MSA, would cost $21.  Together in the special offer, they are available for $15, including shipping and handling.

Those interested can send a $15 check for each packet to the MSA Office, using the order code #SPRP.  Or, they can be obtained at MSA's website – shopping.msana.com -- using a credit card.

Supplies are limited.


All MSA Publications Now at the Online Store

The entire MSA Publications Catalog is now online. The Catalog can still be downloaded on our webpage Click here to download the Catalog in PDF format. Please print a copy for yourself to keep on hand. NOTE: This replaces all previous editions of the Catalog, and orders placed should be at the current pricing.

There is a minimum online order of $12, not including shipping.

MSA's Online Store may be used for ordering those items using a credit card. All items in the Catalog can still be ordered using the order form and including a check with the order.

The list of Short Talk Bulletins--from 1923 to the present--which in the past was printed in the Catalog, is now available as a separate document by clicking here.




Louisiana and North Carolina Disaster Appeals Concluded

The Masonic Service Association distributed $250,000 after it established a Disaster Relief Fund for Louisiana, following drenching rainstorms and massive flooding. Thousands of homes and buildings have been damaged or destroyed, with 70,000 persons reportedly displaced.

The magnitude of the storm was described by the America Red Cross as the "worst natural disaster in the United States" since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

On October 9 last year, Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina causing flooding, power outages and damage to brethren and lodges. A total of $50,000 has been forwarded to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, as part of an MSA Disaster Relief Appeal.

Masons throughout the nation are to be commended for their generous contributions to the Disaster Relief Appeal, in which every penny has been turned over to North Carolina for assistance.

The appeals are now concluded and Freemasonry can be very proud of its response.

The Green Envelope Appeal raises funds for the Hospital Visitation Program - donate now!

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2016 Green Envelope Appeal Features Ex-POW Thomas Moe

Brother Thomas E. Moe, who spent five years in a brutal prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam, is the featured writer of this year's Green Envelope Appeal, which helps fund the Masonic Service Association's Hospital Visitation Program.

This year's appeal has been mailed to many friends and associates of the MSA across the continent.

"Brother Moe returned from his torturous experiences in Vietnam to become a respected professor at the University of Notre Dame, researcher at the Kroc Peace Institute, and the Director of Veterans Services for the State of Ohio," said George O. Braatz, PGM, Executive Secretary of MSA.

In his letter, Brother Moe says that, as a combat-wounded veteran, he appreciates the care needed for our Veterans, and how important are the visits they receive in VA Hospitals from volunteers, such as those MSA hospital visitors.

View the biographical information on Brother Moe and his full Green Envelope Appeal Letter. (PDF)

You may also choose to donate online.

MSA is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.


Masonic Mentoring BrochureNEW!  Masonic Mentoring Guidelines In Clear, Helpful Language

A great, new brochure has been published by the Masonic Service Association that, in simple, understandable words, establishes a sound mentoring program for any Lodge.

Masonic Mentoring explains:

  • Who should be a mentor,
  • What a mentor does,
  • What new members expect, and
  • Tips for being successful.

It is perfect to assist any Lodge candidate-counseling program, or any new member orientation effort.  It is good for members of a candidate committee, or for any individual who may be working with a new member.

Thanks to Bert Bouma, of Montana, author, and to the Grand Lodge of Montana, for permission to republish this material.

You may order Masonic Mentoring now at our Online Store.


Audio Online LibraryAudio Online Library Goes to Maine District Education Officers

Congratulations to the Grand Lodge of Maine, which has obtained subscriptions to the Masonic Service Association's "Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library" for its District Education Officers, to share this resource with members in their districts. MSA has been working with Brother Michael Smith, of Maine, and Anaba Publishing to provide subscribers with the monthly Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file, in addition to access to a growing collection of historical Short Talks in audio version. 

For details, go directly to https://gumroad.com/l/STBOAL#  (The letter in the middle is the lower case letter l ("L".)

Audio Subscription for Short Talk Bulletin Now Available

A new style of subscription for the Short Talk Bulletin, is now available for those who may be visually impaired or just prefer an audio version.

By subscribing to the Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library, every month you will receive the current Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file.

The Masonic Service Association is working with Brother Michael Smith, of Freeport, ME, and Anaba Publishing, who recently published an audio book of MSA Short Talks from many years ago.

The subscription fee for the special audio Short Talk is $20 per year.  For more information, go to the Online Audio Library for information on how to subscribe.

The subscription also provides notification of the growing collection of historical Short Talks, as audio versions are produced.