How to become a Mason...
The absolute requirements for becoming a Mason
- Be a man, [Note: there are other branches of Masonry
that accept both men and women, or women only];
- At least 21 years old [Note: some lodges and some
jurisdictions make exceptions for 18-year-olds, sometimes for those who are
sons of Masons, sometimes for university students];
- Have belief in a Supreme Being (of any faith. No
particular religion or faith is required or excluded. All are welcome.)
- you should be someone who does, or wants to learn to,
enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths,
backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.
- if you are a family man, Masonry considers that your
family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:
- you have the time to participate (usually two or
three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at
least one evening per month for meetings from then on -- often more if
you get involved in lodge activities.)
- you can afford the initiation fees and the annual
dues without hardship to yourself or your family.
- you should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will
and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other
good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you
think it will help you "get ahead" in business.
To join, all you have to do is ask a Mason:
- Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or
works nearby, or...
- If you think that you don't know any Masons in your
area, you could post to the netnews group alt.freemasonry and ask that anyone
who lives in your general area reply to you, or...
- You can probably find nearby lodges listed in your
phonebook. (White-pages listings for lodges may be under "Masons",
"Freemasons", "Masonic Apartments", or "Masonic Temple", and the Grand Lodge
would probably be under "Grand Lodge of Masons"), or...
- Find your state's Grand Lodge in this list of U.S.A. Grand Lodges.
Call them and ask to speak to someone in the office of the Grand Secretary.