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.
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
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.