What is the Scottish Rite

The Scottish Rite is a fraternity of Freemasons that provides its members with opportunities for fellowship and personal growth while offering a wide range of activities for members and their families.

NOT JUST A MAN. A MASON.The preceding video was created to capture the essence of what it means to be a 32° Scottish Rite Mason. It stands as a reminder of the pride and confidence that comes from living in Brotherhood, and dedicating oneself to a life centered on family, integrity, service, and justice. In other words, in our craft we don’t just make men better. We make them Masons.

Our Vision

We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members.

Our Mission: ICE

  • Provide Inspiration for our members through meaningful programs and degrees.
  • Provide Convenient opportunities for our members to enhance their lives.
  • Provide Enjoyable programs and fellowship activities for our members.


The Scottish Rite is an appendant body of the Masonic Fraternity.  It consists of two major Jurisdictions in the United States, and other major Jurisdictions in countries around the world.  The Valley of Indianapolis was chartered by the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, in 1863.

Valleys of the Scottish Rite confer the 4th through the 32nd degrees upon a Master Mason desirous of continuing his Masonic education. 32nd Degree Freemasons believe in personal honor, principle, moral, and ethical behavior, and setting a good example. We believe that character does matter.

The Valley of Indianapolis hosts numerous events for members and their guests and has an extensive charitable outreach, including sponsoring a learning center for dyslexic children.

Tours of the Cathedral are available for individuals and local community groups. This magnificent example of neo-Gothic architecture remains the largest building in the United States devoted to Freemasonry. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The main tower rises 212 feet and contains a 54-bell carillon. Banquet, wedding, and meeting facilities are available; please visit our Scottish Rite Events website for more information.

If you are a Master Mason and would like to learn more about becoming a member of the Scottish Rite, this video will describe the many benefits of membership as told by our members.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Freemason, this video will introduce you to the Fraternity.