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What is Freemasonry

What is it all about?

What is Freemasonry? Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization. It is founded upon timeless principles of tolerance, care, kindness, honesty and trust. As Freemasons we live by an ethical and moral code that creates an atmosphere where friendship and understanding can grow among men of every religion, race and culture.

We believe men are first made Masons in their hearts, then they ask to join our Fraternity. Freemasonry will take these men — already good men in our community — and help make them better men.

Each man brings something different into the Fraternity — as different as the types of men who become Masons. However, each shares a core of common beliefs & dreams; each brother believes that, even in a small way, by every one of his actions he helps make his world, his community & himself better.

Freemasonry accepts no one for membership unless he comes of his own free will & accord, having already obtained a favorable impression of our Fraternity.

There are few other requirements. You must:

• Be a man age 18 or older (although women & younger people can join related groups),

• Believe in a Supreme Being,

• A belief in the immortality of the soul,

• Live an ethical life, and

• Have a strong interest in the Fraternity with a desire to participate in our charities & activities.

An application fee is also required, followed by a background investigation on all applicants.

The Grand Master of Masons in the State of NY

Masons Make a Difference

This statement has always been our guiding force. But never has it been thrown into the forefront in our communities. During the past 18 months each of you have showed the world how much we really care. You have taken your obligations to heart and in some cases put it in overdrive. Not only did you take care of our distressed members, widows, and children, but you included the entirety of our neighborhoods. You organized food and clothing drives. You checked on the vulnerable and frail. You cut grass, shoveled snow, made house repairs, provided taxi service, and sometime you just sat and listened.

And why did you do it? WHY! Because that’s what we do! 

M:.W:. Richard J. Kessler

Grand Master

Our District Team

Suffolk District Leadership 2021-2023

R:.W:. Jeffrey G. Santorello
District Deputy Grand Master

R:.W:. Robert J. Licata
Suffolk District Staff Officer

V:.W:. William De Benedetto
Assistant Grand Lecturer

V:.W:. Gilbert C. Kruse
Assistant Grand Lecturer

V:.W:. Bruce A. T. Siska
Assistant Grand Lecturer

Options for all Masons

Concordant Bodies related to Freemasonry

Concordant Bodies for Masters Masons

Scottish RIte
Scottish Rite (AASR)
York Rite

Organizations for Ladies, girls and young men related to Master Masons

Order of the Eastern Star
Order of the Eastern Star
Triangle Girls
Organization of Triangles, Inc.
Rainbow Girls
International Order of Rainbow for Girls
DeMolay International