Become A Freemason
Brotherly Love • Charity • Truth
What is Freemasonry?
Through Freemasonry, men from all different backgrounds and walks of life come together as equals and call each other “Brother.” What unifies Masons is not where we come from or what we do for a living, but rather what we aspire to be.
Every Mason takes an obligation to strengthen his character by applying our timeless virtues of brotherly love, charity and truth to his everyday life.
Who Can Become a Freemason?
Freemasonry welcomes men of every religion, race, age, income, education and opinion. However, to join Freemasonry, one must meet the following qualifications:
- At least 18 years of age
- Hold a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being
- Good moral character
- Motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit
- Prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry
- Eager to gain knowledge
- Willing to be part of the long-standing traditions of the fraternity.
- Being part of a worldwide network of quality men who go out of their way to support one another, as well as their friends and families, through both life’s challenges and achievements
- Many unique opportunities to use your talents and resources to impact the lives of others and make the world a better place
- Masonic education, public speaking, leadership training, networking and mentoring opportunities
- Access to a circulating library with research and genealogical services
- Workshops, conferences and seminars for adults focused on skills and strategies to support the youth in their life
- Engaging programming and youth organizations that empower young people to develop into leaders
- Need and merit-based scholarships for students furthering their education and training
- Free guided tours of the magnificent Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, a national historic landmark
Supportive Services for Pennsylvania Masons and their Families:
- Temporary financial assistance
- Free information and referral services through the Outreach Program
- Access to volunteer attorneys and financial planners who provide free direction and advice.
- Free membership in the Masonic Blood+Organ Donor Program
- Priority access to retirement living, personal care and nursing care in Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster, without regard to the ability to pay
- Benefits counseling and support for veterans (also available to non-Masons)
- Support and assistance for widows of Pennsylvania Masons
New Member FAQ
1. Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?
Freemasonry is not a secret society. Our members do not hide their affiliations. Our buildings are well-marked and often available for community use. While there are a few confidential handgrips and passwords used to confirm membership, we have no secrets concerning our purpose and programs. Many of our activities are open to family and friends.
2. Is there Hazing?
There is absolutely no hazing permitted in the Masonic fraternity.
3. Is Memorization Required?
Like all fraternities, Freemasonry has impressive ritual ceremonies that date back centuries. These are presented from memory by officers who are developing their leadership and public speaking skills. There is no requirement to memorize any ritual, but members may choose to participate if they wish.
4. What Happens After I Submit My Form to Join?
When the apply form is submitted, our team will process a background check. Upon passing the background check, a member will discuss with you the purpose, values and history of the fraternity; the requirements and expectations of a potential member; and the benefits of membership. The member will recommend a local lodge, to which you will submit a petition for membership. Some members will visit your home to meet your family and answer any questions they may have. Lodge members will vote on your petition for membership. After a favorable vote, you will be enrolled in the Masonic Education program and assigned a mentor to prepare you for receiving your three degrees.
Apply to Become A Freemason
Upon completing this form, you should receive a response within two weeks. If you do not get a response within that time frame, please call 215-988-1912.