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Michael J. Sekera (Imperial Chaplain)

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Michael J. Sekera, of San Jacinto, California, was named Imperial Chaplain by Imperial Potentate James E. “Ed” Stolze, during the Shriners 2023 Imperial Session held July 2-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fraternities and Philanthropy

  • Charter Member, Desert Daylight Lodge #873
  • Member, Hemet San Jacinto Lodge #338
  • Master, Palm Spring Lodge #693, 2016
  • Member, Al Bahr Shriners, 2008
  • Member, El Bekel Shriners, 2014
  • Potentate, El Bekal Shriners, 2021
  • Vice President, Western Shrine Association
  • Recipient, Hiram Award, 2022
  • Venerable Master, Scottish Rite – Palm Springs, 2019, 2020
  • Knight Commander of the Court of Honour, Scottish Rite – Palm Springs
  • Member, Royal Order of Scotland
  • Guthrie Scottish Rite College – Adept for the College
  • York Rite (Orange County) OC Chapter PHP 74, OC Council 14 PIM, OC Commandery 36 PC
  • Grand Commandery Line – “Grand Standard Bearer” of the California Grand York Rite
  • Sovereign Master of Orange Coast Allied Masonic Degrees
  • St. Croix Red Cross of Constantine
  • Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis
  • President, Robert the Bruce Association/California
  • Chief, Clan Stirling Bridge
  • Member, York Rite College #150
  • Killarney Council #56 Knight Mason
  • Member, Education Committee, Grand Encampment of Knights Templar
  • Member, Scottish Rite Research Society
  • Member, The Masonic Society
  • Member, Philalethes Society
  • Member, Board of Governors, Shriners Children’s Southern California


  • Clarence High School, 1979
  • Niagara Community College
  • Hospitality & Casino Gaming Degree, San Diego State University

Professional and Personal

Sekera has been in the hotel and hospitality industry since 1980. He retired in 2016 and still works for Native Nations out of San Diego as a consultant doing business plans and improving casino properties. He wrote a book called Road Less Traveled…A Journey Through the Degrees of the Scottish Rite in 2019, and he is working on his second book, called Templars.

Sekera has been married to his wife, Abeer, for 26 years. He has three children: Alexandra Sekera, 25, has a degree in childhood development and is now studying to be a translator in Japanese. Michael Sekera Jr., 23, is attending San Jose State University in the fall, and is studying for his Ph.D. in astrophysics and propulsion systems. Emily Rose Sekera, 29, has a Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from Ohio State University and works as the lead researcher at St. Jude Hospital.

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