EZEKIEL M. BEY, FPS
Past Master/CORNERSTONE LODGE #37
Brother Ezekiel M. Bey, born Juan A. Rentas Jr., was born at Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem New York City on November 23, 1967 to Damaris Guerrero of the Dominican Republic and Juan A. Rentas Sr., of Santurces, Puerto Rico.
He attended P.S. 50 grammar school in Queens which was part of the New York public school system until his junior high school years. While at Walter I. Murray Junior High School he participated in a special arts class where he developed an appreciation for the beauty of drawing. More importantly, his passion was composing stories to the pictures he drew. This passion for writing increased throughout the years and he went on to write many poems and stories. After junior high school, he attended Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens N.Y.
By 1985, he enrolled in a trade and business school, SCS Business Technical Institute. He graduated in June of 1987 and received his certification for computer operations, programming and business. In 1985, he was employed at A.J. Office Furniture as a supervisor for the company. After completing courses in Regulated Medical Waste in 1992, he took on a job with the Health & Hospital Corporation, and worked in the Environmental Services Department as a Team Leader at New York City’s Metropolitan Hospital Medical Center. He was later promoted to supervisor in 1995.
In 1999, he left Metropolitan Hospital for a managerial position at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. As the Operations Manager for the facility, he worked hand in hand with the Department of Infection Control. Ezekiel was later promoted to Director of the Environmental Services Department in 2005 with several leadership responsibilities attached.
In 1990, he joined Mecca Lodge # 1, which operated as a Grand Lodge to all other Lodges under its jurisdiction. This Lodge was a bogus Lodge and in all ramifications irregular. After learning this, Ezekiel sought out an official legitimate Lodge after learning the truth of regularity from Brother Harvey Reid, Director of Engineering at Metropolitan Hospital and a member of Cornerstone Lodge # 37 under the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in The State of New York. Ezekiel then petitioned Cornerstone Lodge #37 for initiation in 1997.
Ezekiel refuses to recognize any of the years he belonged to in the bogus group and marks the start of his Masonic career in Prince Hall in 1997 rather than 1990. Unusual to those who have came over from illegal bodies calling themselves Masonic, he preferred going through the three degrees all over again in Prince Hall Masonry rather than an occasional Grand Lodge or what others consider a “Healing” process.
As a student of the late Joseph A. Walkes Jr., Ezekiel learned much on Masonic common law, Masonic History & Research, and today to the Masonic world Ezekiel M. Bey is an avid researcher and historian of Masonic studies. He has done extensive research in the Schomburg Library, New York City; does correspondence research with the Masonic Iowa Library, Cedar Rapid, Iowa; the Livingston Library, New York City; and has worked and collaborated with many research societies and Masonic repositories for information. For two consecutive Masonic administrations under M.W. Bernard L. Holley, GM, Ezekiel has been appointed in positions in which he has held four patents at one time; “Grand Historian, Secretary of The Committee on Masonic Education, Work & Lectures Committee & Masonic Editor of the Prince Hall Sentinel Magazine” (2006-2008). Today (2011), Ezekiel continues to work diligently as the Grand Historian and uses that office to assist the Committee on Masonic Education in which he is still Secretary.
Brother Ezekiel has been married to his lovely wife Carla J. Bey-Rentas for 24 years and they have five beautiful children, Khadijah, Shatiek, Elijah, Isaiah and Zakariyyaa.
|Initiated 6/15/97 – Passed 9/15/97 – Raised 10/20/97
Royal Arch Mason ( Rising Sun # 4) 10/08/98
Sublime Prince (King David Consistory #3) 4/25/99
Royal & Select Master (Alpha Council #1) 5/15/99
Committee on Masonic Education (2001- PRESENT)
|W.M. Cornerstone Lodge #37 (2002)
PH Sentinel Magazine (Editor) 2003-2008
Special DDGM- 2004
Grand Historian – (2006 – PRESENT)
Work & Lectures Committee – 2007 – 2009
System Administrator / Founder of Blue-Lite Research Discussion Group
Member & Honorary Fellow of the Phylaxis Society
Deputy Director of the “Joseph A. Walkes Jr. Commission on Bogus Masonic Practice” (Phylaxis Society)
Member of the Philalethes Society
First Prince Hall Mason in the State of NY awarded the honor to be a member of the Masonic Brotherhood of The Blue-Forget Me Not (# 444) (International Masonic Society)
First Prince Hall Mason to receive the “Distinguish Service Award” From the Jurisdiction of MWPHGL of Maryland under Grand Master Shelton D. Redden
Prayer In The Lodge (The Philalethes Magazine)
Prayer Uttered In The Lodge of Freemasons” (The Phylaxis Society Magazine)
Masonic Discussion List (The Masonic Globe)
Symbolic Masonry and the Confusion of the 3rd Degree (The Prince Hall Sentinel)
Education For A People Unaware (The Masonic Voice)
The Fire & The Gold (The Phylaxis Society Magazine)
The Fire & The Gold II (The Phylaxis Commission On Bogus Masonic Practices)
Why The Word Bogus (Commission on Bogus Masonic Practices) Web Site (www.bogusmasonry.org)
An Ancient Spirit of Blackness (A Historical Account of R.W. Arthur A. Schomburg 1874 – 1938) (Prince Hall Masonic Digest of D.C.)
Prince Hall Plaza (The Renaming of 155th Street) (The Prince Hall Sentinel Magazine)
Master Fraud and The Conferment of The Willie Bo-Bo Degrees (The Commission On Bogus Masonic Practices)
John G. Jones (The Fight Against Clandestine Masonry in The State of New York)
The Sign of Fidelity (Phylaxis Magazine)
What Is Masonic Intercourse (Phylaxis Magazine – Bee Hive)
What Are The Holy Scriptures (Bee Hive)