Grand High Priest

Most Excellent Companion Nicholas J. Sampogna
Grand High Priest – 2022-2023


Nicholas John (Nicky) Sampogna’s Masonic journey began in 2010 in Washington, District of Columbia. As a member and past president of a Greek-letter society while matriculated The George Washington University, he found a natural fit at Fraternity Lodge, No. 54 F.A.A.M, a constituent Lodge of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. He was initiated, passed, and raised in Fraternity Lodge, No. 54 in January, April, and July of 2010, respectively and jumped immediately into line the following year, eventually serving as Worshipful Master in 2015.

At the same time, a new constituent Lodge was being formed, The Colonial Lodge, No. 1821, for members of The George Washington University community. An academic Lodge, its members comprised of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members with “an affinity” for The George Washington University. Nicky soon affiliated and joined the burgeoning Lodge, assisting with degree work, public ceremonies, and solidifying a working relationship with the University, eventually serving as Worshipful Master in 2014.

An active York Rite Mason, Most Excellent Companion Sampogna was exalted in Mt. Vernon Chapter, No. 3 (now Mt. Vernon-William R. Singleton Chapter, No. 3) on October 2nd of 2010 and has since served as High Priest (2015-2016) and now as Trustee, overseeing the investments and property of the two Chapters that merged. At the 151st Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia, he was elected the Grand Captain of the Host. As the Chair of the Work and Lectures Committee, he completed the new edition of the Grand Chapter Rituals and Ceremonies and revised the Grand Chapter’s Code and Leadership test for Companions looking to serve as High Priest. In 2019, Nicky was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in Bronze. He was elected by the Companions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the District of Columbia at the 156th Annual Grand Convocation as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest.