The Pilgrim Degree of Merit is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. This Degree is conferred only in the House of God at Mooseheart, Illinois and comes as a reward for extraordinary service to the Order. This degree was originally created on August 1, 1918.
All Pilgrims of the Order are sent special recommendation forms annually and may recommend any member of the Order, for this Degree, who has attained the Fellowship Degree of Honor, and meets some other basic minimum qualifications, by submitting this form to the Office of the Director General.
Fellows recommended will then have their record of service evaluated for merit. Those attaining the highest level of service will be presented to the Pilgrim Consistory – all living Past Supreme Governors – for their review and approval.
Once the list has been finalized, the approved candidates receive the call to assemble in the House of God for the conferral. The call remains confidential until the Degree has been conferred.
Special Pilgrim Presentations are then generally scheduled in the Lodges of new Pilgrims, or at an association event, after the conferral. This presentation is where the new Pilgrim is officially presented with his regalia and is coordinated with the Regional Manager or a Pilgrim Representative from that association. Family, friends, community leaders, Lodge members, and other Pilgrims of the Order are invited to attend this fraternal tribute.
The official regalia of a Pilgrim is a gold blazer featuring the Pilgrim logo, with coordinated necktie, white shirt and black trousers. A Pilgrim is also entitled to wear the Pilgrim medallion with gold cord.
This regalia and medallion may be worn at any function of the Order and is symbolic of the dedication, commitment and outstanding service that these men have provided to the Moose Fraternity.