The fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Volumes have been written about it. Yet, to many, Freemasonry remains a mystery.
Freemasonry traces its ancestry to the operative craftsmen, primarily cathedral builders, of the Middle Ages. In its present form, the fraternity may be traced to 1717, however, there is evidence that it existed in more operative forms long before this time. In 1717, four Lodges of Freemasons meeting in London, England, formed the first Grand Lodge in the world. This Grand Lodge chartered Masonic Lodges and Provincial Grand Lodges in many countries, including the United States. Today, there are more than 150 Grand Lodges in free countries of the world with a membership of approximately 6,000,000.
Membership is limited to adult males without regard to race, color or creed, who are of good character and reputation.
Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance toward evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and, above all, reverence and love for God. Freemasonry is many things, but most of all, Freemasonry is a way of life.
There is only one step necessary for a non-Mason to join the fraternity. He must ask a Mason, “How do I become a Mason?”