Most Illustrious Companion Patrick N.C. Nnaji
Grand Master – 2019-2020
Most Illustrious Grand Master Patrick Ndubuisi Nnaji was born in Nigeria. He is the first of ten children; 68 years old, and has three children – two sons and one daughter. Most Illustrious Companion Nnaji came to the US in 1976, and obtained his BS degree from Oregon Institute of Technology (1980); MA in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University (1985); MEA in Engineering Management from The George Washington University (1986); and from 1986-88, was D.Sc. candidate in Engineering Management at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. (ABD). He also holds an AGS degree in International Business and Development.
Most Illustrious Grand Master Patrick Nnaji has held several jobs since graduating from College, including two years as a Project Engineer at a large paper manufacturing company in Oregon; Weatherization Engineer at a Gas utility company; Mechanical Engineer, and Electrical Engineer in Fairfax County Government. He retired as the Chief Mechanical Engineer in Fairfax County Government, after 32 years. He has been a Code Official for over 32 years. He has several certifications from the State of Virginia and the International Code Council on Mechanical, Electrical, and Existing Structures Inspections.
He has been active and has served in several committees in many professional organizations including: American Society of Mechanical Engineering; American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); International Code Council; National Environmental Health Association; Virginia Elevator Safety Association; and the Association of Energy Engineers. He now practices as an independent Consultant in Engineering and Management.
In other areas of his life, Most Illustrious Companion Nnaji is a Nobleman and holds the Nobility ranks of Baron, Viscount, Count, and Marquis. He is an Ordained Eastern Orthodox Minister, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. His Excellency, Marquis Patrick, also holds and has held leadership positions in many Chivalric and fraternal organizations. He has made many contributions to the field of Chivalry in general, and has received some of the highest honors in Chivalry. He is a Knight Grand Cross with Collar, Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is also a Knight Grand Cross of the distinguished Order of the Noble Companions of the Swan; Grand Commander, Order of Merit of Saint Angilbert; Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Crown of Lauriers; Knight of the Royal Order of the Golden Eagle of Napoca; Knight Bachelor of Yugoslavia; Captain of the Honor Guard, Order of the Holy Sepulchre; Supreme Grand Chancellor, Sovereign Grand Council of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre; and Grand Secretary of the Association of Knight Bachelors of Yugoslavia; the Association of Knight Templars of Scotland and Wales, and many others.
Masonically, Most Illustrious Companion Nnaji has been an ardent reader and student of mysticism and esoteric spirituality for over 45 years; and has several published works on Chivalry, Metaphysics, Rosicrucianism, and Theurgy.
Most Illustrious Companion Patrick Nnaji was raised as Master Mason in 2002. He joined the Scottish Rite and York Rite in 2002. In 2005, he served as Worshipful Master of East Gate Lodge #34, and again in 2010; and served as First Vice-President of the 2005 Masters and Wardens’ Association.
In 2006 he served as Grand Sword Bearer and Confidential Assistant to the Grand Master (2006), while also serving as Co-chair, Universal Brotherhood Committee; Co-chair, Grand Lodge Relocation Committee; and Chair, Grand Master’s Class Committee. He is very active in the York Rite, and has served as Commander, Washington Commandery #1, GCDC, (2007); Excellent High Priest, Mount Vernon Chapter #3, RAM (2006 and 2007); and Illustrious Master, Adoniram-Zabud Council #2, Council of Cryptic Masons (2008 and 2015). Most Illustrious Companion Nnaji is a recipient of the coveted Grand Lodge’s Valentine Reintzel Medal (2006) and the Grand Cryptic Council’s Order of Ish Sodi (2008). He is also a recipient of the Demolay Medal of Honor.
Most Illustrious Companion Nnaji is also very active in Scottish Rite Masonry, and is currently 32°, KCCH; and served in 2012 as the Venerable Master of Kaddosh of the Albert Pike Consistory in the Valley of Washington, Orient of the District of Columbia. He is a regular member of the initiation casts of the 18th and 32nd Degrees at the Scottish Rite Re-unions. He is a voracious reader, stamp collector, and loves to travel.