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History of Saint Cyril Conclave

When famine hit the vicinity of Jerusalem, Cyril, the Bishop, promptly sold some of the Church's most prized possessions to relieve the poor and to obtain food for the starving. When the famine was over some angry Church members succeeded in having Cyril condemned at a public meeting as an irresponsible thief who had illegally disposed of Church property. This temporarily drove him ourt of the city. Although Cyril ws a gentle and conciliatory man, this event was typical of the bitter controversy, which racked his episcopate.

Scarcely had he regained his diocese before he was again expelled, this time, by Arian heretics who had gained great power in Jerusalem. He was restored to the Jersualem bishopric again by none other that the infamous Emperor Julian, the Apostate. Due to this rather coincidental fact, Cyril had difficulty regaining the conficence of the other Orthodox Bishops of the Church. Further-more, the Jerusalem Church had become norotious throughout the Christian world for its low moral standards. This situation Cyril attempted to correct, but his enemies blamed him for it.

Cyril's greatest talent seems to have been as a teacher and preacher. Very little of this thought was ever written down, but what we have is most impressive and timely even today.

SAINT CYRIL CONCLAVE IN "EVANSVILLE INDIANA"

A brief history of the founding of Saint Cyril Conclave in Evansville, Indiana

During the late 1980's and throughout the 90's several Southern Indiana prominent York Rite Masons traversed throughout Indiana attending Red Cross of Constantine meetings visiting Saint James Conclave and Saint Hiliary Conclaves. Four Indiana Grand Masters along with several very active York Rite Masons were involved with acquiring a Charter to start a Red Cross of Constantine Conclave in Southern Indiana. Robert E. Price was the Intendant General at the time for the State of Indiana and Past Imperial Grand Sovereign James DeMond performed the research to come up with the name of the new conclave. The founding members namely: Darrell Veach, Robert Stevens, Gail Kemp, William Gallmeister, Bill Anthis, R. Frank Williams, Burtis Cloud and Robert Sheets were instrumental in acquiring our very own Charter on August 29, 1998. Naming this organization Saint Cyril Conclave after the Bishop of Jerusalem. The membership is very selective and by invitation only and limited to 35 regular members and 10 Emeritus members. In the beginning, meetings were conducted at the Evansville Executive Inn Hotel and then were moved to Hadi Shrine Temple for several years and finally moved to the Evansville Masonic Temple York Rite Room until present. Intendent Generals representing the United Grand Imperial Council for Saint Cyril were Robert E. Prince, Dwayne Evenson and Larry Gray respectively whom were all presented Honorary Memberships, along with James DeMond and Robert Bailey.

"SAINT CYRL CONCLAVE" SOVEREIGNS

1998-1999 DARRELL A. VEACH

1999-2000 GAIL NEAL KEMP

2000-2001 ROBERT DALE SHEETS SR.

2001-2002 J. RALPH SADDLER

2002-2003 DONALD L. SHAW

2003-2004 HARREL R. HAYNES

2004-2005 NEIL ARNOLD WARD

2005-2006 RONNIE R. MARKHAM

2006-2007 RANDALL LEE CRAYNER

2007-2008 ROBERT R. "GUS" STEVENS

2008-2009 HERB ROACH

2009-2010 J. KEN WENDT

2010-2011 THOMAS LEE BARTELT

2011-2012 RICK ALAN CORY

2012-2013 CHESTER BERNARD PEAK, JR.

2013-2014 EDWARD L. SEBRING

2014-2015 JAMES R. ADAMSON

2015-2016 JOHN LOUIS SCHEIDEL, III

2016-2017 EARL WOODROW ADAM

2017-2018 BRIAN SCOTT DU BOIS

 

Other Past-Sovereigns that are

members of Saint Cyril Conclave

1989 R. Frank Williams (St. James Conclave)

1991 William Ardell Gallmeister (St. Hiliary Conclave)

1994 Bill C. Anthis (St. Hiliary Conclave)

1997 Burtis W. Cloud (St. James Conclave)

2006 Estel William McCarty (Desert Paradise Conclave)

 

PAST RECORDERS

ROBERT "GUS" STEVENS, PSM

BURTIS W. CLOUD, PSM

RONNIE R. MARKHAM, PSM

RANDALL LEE CRAYNER, PSM

RICK ALAN CORY, PSM (2018)