Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history
and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good
men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have
survived even the most devise political, military and religious conflicts
through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for
worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions which are based on the belief in one God.
WHO FREEMASONS ARE
Many of our nation's early patriots were Freemasons, as well as thirteen
signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States,
beginning with George Washington. Today, the more than four million Freemasons
around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession.
Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. They come from
diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They come from
virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God. One
of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been: how so
many men, from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace,
never have any political or religious debates, always conduct their affairs
in harmony and friendship and call each other "Brother!"
WHAT FREEMASONS BELIEVE IN
All Freemasons believe in one God and in respect for each other.
WHAT FREEMASONS DO
Freemasons are respectable citizens who are taught to conform to the
moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under
which they live. They are men of charity and good works. They remain unchallenged
as "the world's greatest philanthropy!" The Freemasons of America contribute
almost two million dollars every day to charitable causes which they alone,
have established. These services to mankind represent an unparalleled
example of the humanitarian commitment and concern of this unique and
Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good
men better." Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are
favorably considered for Membership. Every applicant must advocate his
belief in the existence of a Supreme Being (atheists are not accepted
into the Fraternity).
THOSE WHO SEEK MEMBERSHIP
Anyone seeking Membership in Freemasonry must ask a Masonic friend to
recommend him. He must sign a Petition, stating his age, occupation, and
place of residence. Members of the Lodge vote on admission after careful
consideration of the character and reputation of the applicant.
THE MASONIC LODGE
The Masonic Lodge meets regularly to conduct its regular business and
vote upon Petitions for Memership. It is here where the bonds of friendship
and fellowship are strengthened.
THE MASONIC DEGREES
The Candidate attends three Meetings (one per month) to receive the
three Masonic Degrees, concluding with the Third (or Master Mason's) Degree.
The Degrees are solemn, enlightening, and an enjoyable experience with
no uncomfortable or embarrassing moments. It is here where the principles
of Freemasonry are taught and where the new Member learns that his family
and his own necessary vocations are to be considered above Freemasony.
Every Master Mason is welcomed as a "Brother" in any of the thousands
of Masonic Lodges throughout the world.