Pennsylvania Masonic News
Celebrating Donate Life Month with Masonic Blood+Organ Donor Program Ambassador Doug Fink
As a business owner; Past Potentate, Shrine Circus and Rodeo Chairman, LuLu Shrine; and incoming Junior Warden, Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia, Brother Doug “Finky” Fink (above, left) isn’t afraid of a little hard work. But his true calling is one of the hardest of all. “My job is to make people laugh,” he said – not referring to his ambassadorship with the Masonic Blood+Organ Donor Program, a newer addition to his workload, but his involvement [...]
Masonic Support During COVID-19
On behalf of the employees and residents of our Masonic Villages, I write to thank you and your families and friends for the overwhelming support we have received from the Grand Lodge, Blue Lodges and Pennsylvania Masons.
Who Can Join? To qualify for membership, a petitioner must be male, at least 18 years of age, one who believes in the existence of a “Supreme Being,” of good moral character, motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit, prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry, interested in learning and willing to practice the customs of the fraternity. What is the Purpose of Freemasonry? The basic purpose is to make “better [...]
Sins of Our Masonic Fathers: The lost strength of fewness in American Freemasonry
“Sins of Our Masonic Fathers: The lost strength of fewness in American Freemasonry”, by John W. Bizzack, PhD. Reviewed by Cathy Giaimo, Librarian, The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. “Sins of Our Masonic Fathers” by Brother John W. Bizzack is an examination of the history of American Freemasonry and its effect on membership. Brother Bizzack makes the point throughout the book that the focus on membership expansion has not benefited the men joining the [...]
Masonic Mentor and Fraternal Friend
Brother Ronald B. Carson, District Deputy Grand Master, 1st Masonic District, learned the values of the craft, and much more, from a brother who became a role model.
A Labor of Love
Brother Robert J. Slater, District Deputy Grand Master 47th Masonic District, takes you through his Masonic highlight reel and some of his proudest Masonic accomplishments.
A Breath of New Life
When Brother Mark Nolf, New Bethlehem Lodge No. 522, signed up to be an organ donor as a teenager, he never imagined that he would one day be the recipient of a life-saving organ. In the fall of 2012, he started experiencing shortness of breath. “I thought I was just getting fat and lazy,” he jokes, but it was actually something far more serious. Brother Mark was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or unexplained scarring [...]
No Matter How Far You Travel
A tragic event involving brethren from the Grand Lodge of Ohio and their wives taught Brother D. Todd Ballenger, District Deputy Grand Master, 55th Masonic District “a very personal lesson in the value of brotherhood.”
Making Other People’s Lives Better
Brother Richard H. Bradbury Sr., District Deputy Grand Master, 8th Masonic District, learned about the fraternity - and much more - from two brothers who took him under their wings.
Masonic Blood & Organ Donor Program to Participate in First-Ever PA Donor Day
To educate and unite Pennsylvanians around the solution, the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program will participate in the first-ever PA Donor Day on Jan. 8, 2020, and they need your help.
Expanding Your Circle
Brother Craig Shaffer, District Deputy Grand Master, 5th Masonic District, wasn't ready to be actively involved when he first joined the fraternity. He later recommitted to the brotherhood, determined to become Worshipful Master by his 50th birthday.
Accomplishing More Together as Brothers
Brother Rob Brink, District Deputy Grand Master-At-Large, knows if help is needed for a Brother, he can find it with just a few phone calls.
Become a Freemason
Freemasonry is a fraternity of men who share one common goal: To help each other become better men. Better husbands, fathers, friends, leaders, learners and volunteers.