In addition to the relationships that develop between Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Masons and their mentors as they proceed through the degrees, the new Online Mentoring Program offers continuous opportunities for engagement and development for new members following initiation.
Available through the Grand Lodge education portal, the program connects Brothers across the Commonwealth who have a deep understanding of various Masonic topics with Brothers who have a thirst for Masonic education. Entered Apprentice Masons who are members of Pennsylvania Lodges, and who have been entered into the Grand Lodge database by their Lodge Secretary, will be able to sign on to the Grand Lodge education system and register for the new mentoring program. Mentor topics may include, but are not limited to, symbolism, philosophy and Masonic history. This new system should not supplant the mentoring work done by local Lodges, including instructing new members in the work of the Fraternity.
Men who would like to volunteer to serve as mentors may do so through the same system. Each volunteer will be screened before being confirmed as a mentor. Once confirmed, Brothers seeking mentorship will be able to reach out to a registered mentor to begin a dialogue and establish a relationship. The direction and information shared during the mentoring relationship is up to the Brothers involved. Mentoring can occur in person, over the telephone or through digital means.
To get started, log on to the Grand Lodge education portal at www.education.pagrandlodge.org and create an account if you don’t have one already. You’ll need to know your member ID number to create an account – if you don’t, just reach out to your Lodge Secretary. Take the time to complete your profile and review the education materials that are present on the portal. Then, utilize the mentoring system to connect with a mentor or sign up to act as a mentor for others!