Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about the Lectorium Rosicrucianum.
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Do other Rosicrucian groups exist?
People reacted with different understandings to the Rosicrucian impulse of the 17th Century. Therefore, various Rosicrucian groups formed over the centuries up to the present time. They do not all follow the same vision.
How long have the Rosicrucians existed?
The name “Rosycross” has been passed down from the Middle Ages. It was published for the first time in the writings of the German theologian Johann Valentin Andreae in the early 17th Century. These are the classic Rosicrucian manifestos “Call of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood” (1614), “Confession of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood” (1615) and “Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross” (1616). In these writings a legendary person named Christian Rosycross and his Rosicrucian Brotherhood are described. They were seeking a renewal of Christianity in the early Christian spirit. The publication of these writings caused a sensation in Europe during the 17th Century and even later. Numerous publications concerning the ideas of the Rosicrucians by other authors followed.
What is the purpose of the International School of the Golden Rosycross?
The purpose of the International School of the Golden Rosycross is to show people, who are seeking it, the path of Christian Initiation as a path of fundamental renewal and with the support of a community of fellow members.
Does the International School of the Golden Rosycross pursue political goals?
The Lectorium Rosicrucianum does not engage in or follow any political ideals.
When was the International School of the Golden Rosyross founded?
The beginnings of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum date back to 1924 when the brothers Zwier Willem Leene (1892-1938) and Jan Leene (1896-1968) began their spiritual work in Het Genootschap Rozekruisers, the Dutch organization of the Rosicrucian Fellowship (Oceanside, California, USA), which was founded by Max Heindel in 1909. In 1935 they decided to proceed on the spiritual path with their own group, independent of the Rosicrucian Fellowship. After the second world war, the commnity adopted the name Lectorium Rosicrucianum. The spiritual leaders of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum were Jan van Rijckenborgh (pen name of Jan Leene) and Catharose de Petri (pen name of Henriette Stok-Huizer, 1902-1990).
What type of school is the Lectorium Rosicrucianum?
The International School of the Golden Rosycross is a gnostic spiritual school, which has its roots in early Christianity and the teachings of Hermetic wisdom.