What is Freemasonry?
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 devised 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 that are based on the belief in one God.
Who Are Freemasons?
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 do 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 honorable Fraternity.
What do Freemason Believe?
All Freemasons believe in one God and in respect for each other.
What are the Qualifications?
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).
How Does One Seek Membership?
Anyone seeking Membership in Freemasonry must ask a Masonic friend to recommend him. He must sign a Petition, stating his age (must be at least 18 years of age), occupation and place of residence. Members of the Lodge vote on admission after careful consideration of the character and reputation of the applicant. If you are interested in membership, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Masonic Lodge?
The Masonic Lodge meets regularly to conduct its regular business and to vote upon Petitions for Membership. It is here where the bonds of friendship and fellowship are strengthened.
What are the Masonic Degrees?
Upon being voted on and accepted by the Lodge membership, the candidate is scheduled to be initiated into the First Degree in Freemasonry. (Entered Apprentice) After a period of study with other members of the Lodge, he is then examined as to his proficiency in the Work related to this Degree. A similar process is then followed for the Second (Fellowcraft) and Third Degree. (Master Mason) This process, from beginning to end, generally takes three to six months, and may be longer, depending on the individual and the amount of time he has to devote to studying. 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 Freemasonry. Every Master Mason is welcomed as a “Brother” in any of the thousands of Masonic Lodges throughout the world.
What are the Costs?
Our annual dues are currently $100 per year. In addition to our annual dues, for those seeking membership in Masonry, there are fees associated with the Masonic Degrees previously discussed. The total cost for all three degrees is $330. ($25 goes to The Texas Masonic Charities Foundation and $5 to the George Washington Memorial Fund)
What is the Petition?
The Petition is the form that is required to be completed and submitted to the Lodge by an individual who wishes to become a member. If you are interested in becoming a Master Mason and wish to petition our lodge for membership, please contact us at: email@example.com or stop by on any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday our lodge doors are typically open by 6:30 pm. In addition your are invited to join us at our monthly dinners at 6:30 PM on the second Thursday of each month.