Freemason – free·ma·son. Definition: Often more commonly called a Mason, a Freemason is a member of one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies, dedicated to a moral and ethical approach to life.
Freemasons come from all faiths and backgrounds. A Freemason believes in a ‘Supreme Being’ and is concerned with moral and spiritual values. A moral and ethical approach to life is at the core of a Freemason: showing thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Each Freemason is urged to regard the interests of his family as paramount and practice concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
There are three degrees in Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. Most men advance to the level of Master Mason, some over the course of months; others may accomplish this goal over years. But once a man has taken his first obligation as an Entered Apprentice, he is, once and forever, a Freemason.
What does a Freemason Do?
A Freemason is taught moral lessons and self-knowledge by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical plays performed within each Lodge. These rituals follow ancient forms, using stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Every man has his own reason for wanting to be a part of the greatest fraternity in the world. Regardless of your reason, you will benefit from membership because Freemasonry makes good men better. Look around our website and you will find information about our history, purpose, educational programs, character development and charity. In today’s society, men lead busier lives than ever. Many brothers find Lodge meetings to be an excellent “break from life,” where everyday troubles can be forgotten and brotherhood prevails. Whatever your reason, Freemasonry has something to offer nearly to every man.
The Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternal organization in the world. Volumes have been written about it.
Through a series of degrees and ceremonies, the values of Freemasonry are passed from generation to generation, Mason to Mason, in a timeless and tireless effort to make good men better. These degrees provide a framework that affects every aspect of modern life and are based on the values of brotherly love, relief, and truth.
Every year in virtually every city and town across America, thousands of men join the ranks of Freemasonry. Men of honor and integrity. Of charity and obligation. Each with a vow to be the best they can be. To be more than just a man. To be a Mason.