Become a Mason – What is Masonry – How can I join?
(a brief synopsis)
Who are the Masons?
Masons, (also known as Freemasons) belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Today there are more than two million Freemasons in North America. Masons represent virtually every occupation and profession, yet meet as friends. Masons come from diverse political ideologies yet meet as equals. Masons, come from various religious beliefs and creed, yet all believe in one God.
Many of North America’s early Patriots were free Masons. Thirteen signers of the Constitution and 14 presidents of the United States including George Washington, were Masons. In Canada the father of the Confederation, John A. MacDonald, was a Mason, as were other early Canadian and American leaders.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry is that so many men from so many different walks of life can meet together in peace, always conducting their affairs in harmony and friendship, calling each other “Brother.”
What is Freemasonry?
Masonry is dedicated to the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God. It uses the tools and implements of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of instruction designed to build character and moral values in its members. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bond of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive, political, military and religious conflicts throughout the centuries. Freemasonry is a fraternity which encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance. Masonry teaches that each person through self improvement and helping others has an obligation to make a difference for the good of the world.
Where did Freemasonry begin?
No one knows just how old Freemasonry is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Most scholars believe Masonry rose from the guilds of stone masons who built the majestic castles and cathedrals of the early Middle Ages. In 1717 masonry created a formal organization when four Lodges in London joined to form England’s first Grand Lodge. By 1731 there were already several Lodges in the American colonies. In Canada the first Lodge was established in 1738.
Today, Masonic Lodges are found in almost every community throughout North America, and in large cities you can usually find several Lodges. A Mason can travel to almost any country in the world and find a Masonic Lodge where he will be welcomed as a brother.
Who can qualify to join?
Applicants must be men of good character who believe in a Supreme Being. To become a Mason one must petition a particular Lodge. The Master of the Lodge will then appoint a committee to visit the applicant prior to the Lodge balloting upon his petition.
So who are the Masons?
Masons are men of good character who strive to improve themselves and make the world better place. They belong to the oldest and most honorable fraternity known to man. If you think you may be interested in becoming a member, you can begin by contacting a Lodge in your area or speaking to a Mason.