The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors and himself.”
This process is as old as the fraternity itself, and ensures that the individual seeking MEMBERSHIP is doing so of his own desire and free will. Becoming a Freemason can be one of the most significant events of your life. From the moment you become a Brother, you will feel immediate acceptance and Brotherly love. Membership in a Masonic Lodge is open to all men 21 years of age or older — regardless of race, color, or religion. Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being – and the definition of a Supreme Being is up to you !
Keep in mind, Masons do not solicit for members, the decision to become a Mason is your own.
Qualifications: Our membership requirements are very clear:
- You must be of good character and reputation. You’ll have to provide evidence of living a positive life through references from at least one Mason and three other people.
- You must believe in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. This belief is not prescribed — rather, we encourage you to be steadfast in the faith of your choice.
- If you are seeking Membership YOU MUST ASK a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application.
- You must be a man at least 18 (21 in some jurisdictions) years of age.
- You must be of good moral character.
- You must have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a Supreme Being is up to you).
- You must be a Resident of your state for 12 months (in most cases).
- You must decide to become a Mason of “your own free will and accord”.
- You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
- You must be loyal to your country.
- You must be dedicated to providing for your family.
- You must have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence.
- You must be willing to sign a Petition, stating your age, occupation and place of residence.
There are NO religious, political or racial restrictions for membership other than the aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being, as any discussion of religion or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge.
If you don’t know a Freemason to ask, you may contact the secretary of the local lodges in your area, and complete the loop of being introduced to a Freemason to ask.To petition a lodge, the first step is to find one close to you, which you can do here, on this site, by selecting the Lodge in your area and following their contact information – once you have selected a lodge reach out and make contact. This is particularly important if you do not know a member of that lodge. Reach out and contact the lodge secretary who would be happy to speak to you about upcoming activities and/or open houses. Many lodges hold Open Houses so as to provide opportunities for those local to the lodge to come out and meet the local lodge membership.The Brothers will happily meet with you for an informational session, and at some point you may be presented with a formal petition to submit for consideration.The petition is read in a Lodge meeting and referred to a committee (usually composed of three members). This committee then interviews you — usually right in your home, so that your family can ask any questions that they may have.
After the interview, the committee reports its findings to the Lodge, and admission is decided by ballot of the members. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous. If the vote is favorable, you’ll be notified by mail and you’ll be given a date to start the degree program.
…contact a local Lodge to find out more on how to join…