Freemasonry is a fraternity of brothers who share one common goal: to help each other
become better men. We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing
basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond
our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives.
All who join Freemasonry must declare their belief in the existence of a Supreme
Being, and practice their own personal faith, but the fraternity is neither a religion
nor a place to worship. Rather, it is a place where men of all monotheistic creeds
can meet and focus on the great truths of peaceful human interaction that are common
to all religions.
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, desirous of earning knowledge and willing to conform to the
ancient usages and customs of the fraternity.
HOW TO JOIN
Our tradition was to wait for you to seek membership entirely of your own free will
and accord. Today, however, we allow our members to selectively invite men of good
character, who will be a credit to our Fraternity. But this doesn't mean that you
have to wait to be invited to join the Freemasons of Pennsylvania. Your interest
is enough, if you meet the qualifications.
To start the process, you must first submit
a petition for membership. 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. In ceremonies
known as Degrees you will assume your vows of membership. You may also have the opportunity
to shorten this process to a single day by participating in a special "One Day Class."
The fee for joining Freemasonry varies with each Lodge and includes your dues for
the first year.
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER MEMBERSHIP
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 this web site and you will find much
about our history, purpose, and current day programs of education, character-development
To take the next step, you need to submit your petition to a Lodge.
If you know a Mason, ask him to help you find the right Lodge for you. If you don't
know anything about your nearest Lodge, use this form and tell us about yourself
so we can get a local lodge to contact you.
YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW
HAZING- There is absolutely no hazing permitted in the Masonic fraternity.
are no attendance requirements.
RELIGION-Freemasonry is not a religion. Your religious
beliefs are your own. You must, however, believe in a Supreme Being.
A SECRET SOCIETY-Freemasonry
is not a secret society. Our members do not hide their affiliation with us. Our buildings
are well-marked and often available for community use. While there are a few confidential
handgrips and passwords used to confirm membership, we have no secrets concerning
our purpose and programs. Many of our activities are open to family and friends.
all fraternities, Freemasonry has impressive ritual ceremonies that date back centuries.
These are presented from memory by officers who are developing their leadership and
public speaking skills. There is no requirement to memorize any ritual, but members
can choose to participate as they wish.