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Masonic News2022-11-21T09:00:12-05:00

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  • Staff with donated flowers

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.

  • Members of the Lancaster Lodge

Freemasonry FAQs

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

“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 [...]

  • Ronald B. Carson, District Deputy Grand Master, 1st Masonic District

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.

  • Robert Slater, DDGM

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.

  • Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program Ambassador Bro. Mark Nolf

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 [...]

  • D. Todd Ballenger, District Deputy Grand Master, 55th Masonic District

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.”

  • Richard H. Bradbury, DDGM - 8th District

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.

  • Craig W. Shaffer, DDGM, 5th District

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.

  • Brother Catts

Brotherly Help During a Trying Time

Brother Darrin D. Catts, District Deputy Grand Master – 42nd Masonic District, shares how thanks to the efforts of brethren across his district, one brother’s financial needs for a cancer trial were met without strain on his family

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