Frequently Asked Questions

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These are only basic answers. There are many more comprehensive websites and books dedicated to the subject of Freemasonry.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is an ancient fraternal organization, founded on liberty, brotherly love and charity. It is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. There is an old adage that “Masonry takes good men and makes them better”.

How much time does it take?

There are only 9 meetings a year.Your attendance is strictly up to you and voluntary.

What does it cost?

The fee and dues may vary, however they are not prohibitively expensive.

Is it a religion?

No, Freemasonry is not a religion nor is it a substitute. Although the principles and moral values of Freemasonry are partly derived from religious sources. It urges its members to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs.

Who can join?

Any man of any race, colour or religion can petition to join as long as he meets the minimum requirements. (see How To Join)

Do I need to know a mason?

No, you do not need to know a mason to become one.
Note: To become a Shriner you must first become a mason!

Will I be asked to join?

No,you will not be asked to join contrary to popular belief.
Membership is not by invitation (but it may be suggested),
You must seek membership and join of your own free will and accord.