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WORLD UNION OF SOVEREIGN LODGES

– LIBERTAS 5775 –

„Our Masonic body is completely independent of all foreign Masonic jurisdictions. As we consider freedom to be a basic condition of Freemasonry, we do not want to pay any fees, nor be responsible to any foreign Masonic body.

 

We have formed our own supreme authority to avoid difficulties in communicating with other distant Masonic authorities. Above all, we nurture our freedom and independence.“

From Constitution of LIBERTAS

10/22/1775

Foundation of Libertas

Foundation of LIBERTAS

On 10/22/1775 the Reformed Freemasonry System LIBERTAS was founded. Also, the Declaration and “Drašković’s Observation” were adopted at the founding assembly, which speak very clearly about freedom, equality and brotherhood. It is interesting to note that the declaration was made a year before the American Declaration of Independence and fourteen years before the French Revolution. The founders of LIBERTAS are two extremely dedicated brothers of the Masonic name “Jacobus” and “Hieronymus”.

Count Ivan Drašković (1740-1787)

Count Ivan Drašković (1740-1787)

“JACOBUS”

The first Grand Master of LIBERTAS. He inherited the affinity towards a military call-up from his father, General Adam Drašković. He entered the military service very early and in his military career until his retirement, he participated in numerous military campaigns. When he retired, he dedicated himself to his family and the sufferings of humanity. He helped many with 20, 30 or 50 ducats, without even knowing the name of the benefactor. He showed his generosity by sharing his wealth with people in need, without counting on gratitude at all. He joined the fraternity at a very young age through his cousin Count Kazimir Drašković, and he fully accepted the Masonic principles which he firmly adhered to until the end of his life. Representatives from all LIBERTAS Lodges were present at the funeral in his castle in Klenovnik, and each Lodge held a funeral ceremony separately.

Count Stjepan Nicky (1747-1777)

Count Stjepan Nicky (1747-1777)

“HIERONYMUS”

Deputy First Grand Master. Together with Drašković, he was the founder of LIBERTAS. He was born in 1747 to father Christoph Nicky and Julia Jankovics. At the age of 26, he was already a court advisor, president of the financial and police commission, a clerk in the tax administration, and later the deputy prefect of Križevci County. He was married to Countess Maria Eszterhazy. He was admitted to Freemasonry as a very young man, at the age of 21, that is, in 1768. He was received by Le Clair, a colonel in the French service, in Pest in an “extraordinary” lodge. Then, in addition to the three basic degrees, he also received the degree of Scots, as well as several high French degrees. As Deputy Grand Master Nicky represented LIBERTAS in civilian circles and Draskovic in military circles. He died young, in 1777, just at the time when the Freemasonry Congress gathered in Varaždin, which he convened.

After 245 years since its founding,
the World Union of Sovereign Lodges was formed
– LIBERTAS 5775 –

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At the initiative of the Grand Sovereign Lodge of Croatia LIBERTAS A.D. 1775, the Grand Lodge of Nikola Tesla from Serbia and the Grand Orient of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the other Grand Lodges of the founders, at the founding assembly held on January 28, 2021 in Zagreb, a unanimous decision was made to establish the World Union of Sovereign Lodges – LIBERTAS 5775 -.

At this founding assembly, the Statute was adopted as the fundamental and highest act of LIBERTAS, and a decision was made to adopt and sign the Declaration on Foundation and Sovereignty by the members at a special ceremonial ritual work, which is to be held on March 19, 2021 in Sarajevo. Admission to LIBERTAS membership can be requested by any Grand Lodge or Lodge that works in the open air, and the basic condition for admission to membership is primarily that the member fully accepts:

  1. The Statute of the Union,
  2. The Declaration on Foundation and Sovereignty and
  3. The Constitution of 1775.

The work and activities of each member are independent and completely autonomous compared to the membership in LIBERTAS.

Declaration of the Foundation and Sovereignty

Founder and the first President of
World Union of Sovereign Lodges

– LIBERTAS 5775 –

Zoran Vojnić Tunić

Grand Master of the Grand Sovereign Lodge of Croatia LIBERTAS A.D. 1775.
Founder and first Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Croatia

Founder and the first President of
World Union of Sovereign Lodges

– LIBERTAS 5775 –

Zoran Vojnić Tunić

Grand Master of the Grand Sovereign Lodge of Croatia LIBERTAS A.D. 1775.
Founder and first Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Croatia

Vice president of
World Union of Sovereign Lodges

– LIBERTAS 5775 –

Dragan Tojagić

Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Nikola Tesla – Serbia

The first Masonic crowdfunding platform

One of the basic activities of LIBERTAS is humanitarian action. Following the example of our famous brothers from the distant past, we decided to continue on their path, with the same zeal, but also with the new opportunities that information technology provides us today. The very name of the crowdfunding platform is inspired by the name of the Lodge, which was founded in the early 1770s in Pest (today’s Budapest), and is considered the first established Lodge in that area, founded under the auspices of London, more precisely through the Duke of Mecklenburg. The lodge was built at the end of 1775, joined the reformed Masonic system LIBERTAS. The name of the Lodge in Latin reads “Magnanimitas”, translated as “Generosity”. The platform is intended for both Freemasons and non-Freemasons, and you can visit it on link below.

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