FAQ

There is a great deal of misinformation that currently exists about Freemasonry. In fact, there is probably more incorrect than correct. That is just the nature of a society with secrets. Our hope is that this page clarifies some of your most basic questions. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us.

    • What is Freemasonry?
      • Freemasonry, or “masonry,” is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. It aims to promote friendship, morality, and brotherly love among its members who are brought together as brothers to develop and strengthen the bonds of friendship and improve themselves as men. Freemasonry’sgoal is “to make good men better” by using the tools of the builder’s trade as symbols to teach moral life lessons and techniques that promote self-improvement.

    • What are the requirements to become a Mason?
      • Although exact membership requirements may vary slightly depending on the state and/or country, there are several basic requirements that span the globe and form the basic commonality between all masons: 1) You must be an adult male at least 18 years of ageand be desirous to join our fraternity of your own free will, unsolicited or persuaded by another. 2) You must be a man of good character and rapport. To become a mason, you must be recommended by a current mason, so these qualities are extremely important in order to gain the trust and confidence needed from a mason for him to recommend you. 3) You must profess a belief in a supreme being – No atheist can be made a mason. We are not concerned with theological distinctions or your personal beliefs beyond your admission in the belief of some form of deity.

    • What if I don’t know a Mason who can recommend me?
      • It is quite possible you know a Mason and just don’t realize it. If your father, uncles or grandfathers aren’t Masons, they probably know someone who is. You might also want to ask around your workplace, school, church, or gym — anywhere that you find a group of men, you might find a Mason. Masons tend to be very proud of their association with the fraternity. If you have tried this method with no luck or are not in a position to ask around yourself, our lodge has breakfast at our building every Sunday morning at 8am and you are more than welcome to attend. It is an excellent opportunity to meet masons and ask whatever burning questions you may have to real people. If you’d like to join us for breakfast, it’s recommended that you email us at info@mc195.org first so that we can make sure we are prepared to greet you and introduce you to the brothers present.

    • How did Freemasonry originate?
      • It is largely believed by academics and scholars that Freemasonry formed out of medieval stonemasons’ guilds. These guilds were responsible for designing and constructing the majestic and impressive cathedrals and castles of Europe around the time of the Middle Ages. Freemasonry’s official origin started in 1717, when four lodges combined in London to create England’s first Grand Lodge, which survives to this day. Masonic lodges can be found in practically every community throughout the world and brothers from these lodges are welcome into other the lodges around the world as if it were their home lodge.

    • What are the benefits of becoming a Mason?
      • There are numerous benefits to being a Mason, but most tend to be personal and quite varied. While the benefits of being a mason can only truly berealized by becoming a member, we can attempt to give you an idea. You will have the opportunity to experience camaraderie and fellowship with a group of men who span the boundaries of age, race, religion, culture, location, and opinion.Masonry helps its members continuously grow and improve as men. Sometimes everyone feels that they are not as honest, charitable, compassionate, loving or as trusting as they ought to be. Masonry reminds its members of the importance of these qualities. It lets men associate with other men of honor and integrity who believe that qualities such as honesty, trustworthiness and dependability are vital to being a good man and member of society.Many find great value and knowledge in our ritual and symbolism that encourage and remind us to appreciate principles, ethics, and morality and to live our lives accordingly. Others find great satisfaction in our charitable efforts, community service, and the support we provide our members and their families. Additionally, for those who take on leadership positions within their lodge, they have the opportunity to develop or further very practical leadership and management skills.

    • Is Masonry a Religion?
      • Masonry is not a religion. However, confusion sometimes arises because we require our members to profess a belief in a supreme being. Each brother takes several obligations as he progresses through the degrees and it is our belief that no obligation can be considered binding upon the brother unless he has a belief in a deity who will hold him accountable.Masonry has notheology or dogma, it does not offer sacraments and it does not offer the promise of salvation.

  • Is Masonry a secret society?
    • No. It is better explained that Freemasonry is a society with secrets, not a secret society. The few secrets Freemasonry does have exist to pay homage to the stone mason guilds of the Middle Ages and, despite what some conspiracy theorists purport, have no practical use today outside of a lodge meeting.