17th Masonic District
Representing Florida's Space Coast

How does one become a Freemason?


Masonry is the oldest fraternity in the world, although no one can claim to know its exact origins. There is evidence that the Masonry we know today probably grew out of the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. In the U.S., many of the Founding Fathers were Masons, including Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. From presidents, astronauts, and sports heroes to carpenters, CEOs, and bus drivers, millions of Masons have made our country what it is today. As Masons, history, tradition, and pride are central concepts in our lives.

Freemasonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory, illustrated by symbols. Not a religion but religious in character, it is a philosophy of ethical conduct which imparts moral and social virtues and fosters brotherly love. Its tenets have endured since man turned the first pages of civilization. They embody the understanding by which man can transcend ordinary experience and build "a house not made with hands" in harmony with the Great Architect of the universe.

Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better." Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are favorably considered for Membership.

For a Fraternity steeped in our four hundred years of tradition, you might think it is difficult to become a Mason.

It is. There is one major hurdle each candidate must pass that is all too often unknown to him.

It's actually straightforward. He must Ask.

Freemasonry in Florida accepts no one for membership unless they come of their own free will and accord, having already obtained a favorable impression of our Fraternity.
There are a few other requirements. You must:

Be a man, over the age of eighteen.
Believe in a Supreme Being.
Live an ethical and moral life.
Have a strong interest in the Fraternity and desire to participate in its charities and activities.

We believe that men are first made Masons in their hearts, then they ask to join our Fraternity. Freemasonry will take these men - good men in their communities - and help them become better men.

Each man brings something different into the Fraternity, as different as the types of men that become Masons. But each share a common core of beliefs and dreams; each believe that, in a small way, by their actions they help make their world, their communities, and themselves better. Most individuals won't be the ones to find a cure for cancer, or eliminate poverty, or help create world peace, but every man and woman and child can do something to help others and to make things a little better.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Fraternity of Freemasonry, please contact us and we will provide what we can or get you in touch with someone in your local area that can help.

It’s our sincere hope that you’ll consider becoming a Free and Accepted Mason, and sharing the feeling of friendship and Brotherly love that Freemasons have enjoyed from time immemorial.