Essential Qualifications for Membership

There are several prerequisites to be a Mason. 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 (and have three people willing to vouch for this character), motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit, prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry, desirous of earning knowledge and willing to conform to the ancient usages and customs of the fraternity.

How Do I Become a Mason?

Our tradition is to wait for you to seek membership entirely of your own free will and accord. The Masons have a saying, “To be one, ask one” and this is still true today. Your interest in joining the Masons is enough, if you meet the qualifications.

To start the process, you must first submit a petition. This petition will be read at a meeting of the Lodge you are seeking to join. You will then be visited by a small committee from the Lodge who will ascertain your qualifications and answer any questions you or your family may have regarding Freemasonry. At the next meeting, the members will vote on your petition for membership. Once approved, you will be asked to attend three successive meetings, during which you will learn the teachings of Freemasonry.  To obtain a petition, contact us.



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