Flumen Luminis Lodge No. 47 in the register of the “Grande Loge Nationale Française” was founded in 1955 by a group of English speaking Freemasons working in international organisations and multinational companies in the Geneva area of Switzerland. At the time there were very few Lodges in the area, and none was English speaking.
The Lodge now serves English speaking Freemasons in the Swiss Cantons of Geneva, Vaud, and beyond, as well as the area of France surrounding Geneva such as the towns of Gex, Ferney-Voltaire, St. Genis-Pouilly, Annemasse and Annecy.
We organise several ‘public’ social events throughout the year; a dinner dance in honour of our Ladies, an open-air barbecue and a “Wassail bowl”: a pot-luck supper to celebrate Christmas. All these events are open to family members, friends and of course other Brethren and their families.
- Date of Consecration: 19th March 1955
- Grand Lodge: National Grand Lodge of France (GLNF)
- Provincial Grand Lodge: Province of Dauphiné-Savoie
- Ritual: Emulation
- Working language: English
- Meeting place: The Masonic Temple “Le Phoenix”, F-01630 St. Jean-de-Gonville, France
- Meeting dates: 4th Saturday of September (Installation), 2nd Saturday of November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June
- Meeting time: 5 pm (signature book opens at 4:30 pm)
Flumen Luminis No 47 is the oldest Lodge in the Province of Dauphiné-Savoie. It was consecrated on the 19th. March 1955 by International Civil Servants working in Geneva, where regular Freemasonry practices in English was sadly missing. It was the fourth Lodge of Province de Septimanie, shortly before the latter became the Province de Provence.
At the time, there were only three regular Lodges in South-eastearn France, in Lyon, Marseille, and Nice. In spite of a long tradition of Freemasonry, the neighbouring part of Switzerland had no Lodge devoted to the international community
The name Flumen Luminis – River of Light (in latin), was chosen partly in reference to the river Rhône which flows through the region, and partly to the rays of the sun, which, it seems, the Brethren of ancient Egypt observed, at the summit of a pyramid
Shortly after its foundation, Flumen Luminis gave birth to Flumen Veritatis No. 55to welcome Brethren who preferred to work in French. Flumen Luminis was not only an example of masonry universal, with its 25 nationalites and 5 religions, but also helped the Lodges in Lyon, Marseille and Nice.