Our fraternity has a wonderful history which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.
People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It’s actually straightforward. The essential qualifications for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being. It is usual for candidates to be “mature men of 21 years and over”.
After reading the various articles on freemasonry if you are still interested in becoming a Freemason, we advise that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a member. They will be able to explain to you what they can about the fraternity and help you find a suitable Lodge.
If you don’t know anyone at all who is a member, then get in touch with a Masonic Office in your area, see Write or e-mail the office of the Grand Secretary, telling them a little bit about yourself and your reasons for wishing to join.
If in Newfoundland & Labrador, contact the:
Grand Lodge Of Newfoundland & Labrador
Office of Grand Secretary
PO Box 23018 St. John’s, NL A1B 4J9
Arrangements will be made to meet you socially to find out more about you, and to give you a chance to find out more about us.
You would then in due course be invited to meet a committee of members from a Lodge you might be joining, prior to being balloted for membership of that Lodge.
All being well, a date would then be fixed for your admission.
Why do people join and remain members?
People become Freemasons for a variety of reasons, some as the result of family tradition, others upon the introduction of a friend or out of a curiosity to know what it is all about.
Those who become active members and who grow in Freemasonry do so principally because they enjoy it. They enjoy the challenges and fellowship that Freemasonry offers. There is more to it, however, than just enjoyment.
Participation in the dramatic presentation of moral lessons and in the working of a lodge provides a member with a unique opportunity to learn more about himself and encourages him to live in such a way that he will always be in search of becoming a better man, not better than someone else but better than he himself would otherwise be and therefore an exemplary member of society.
Each Freemason is required to learn and show humility through initiation. Then, by progression through a series of degrees he gains insight into increasingly complex moral and philosophical concepts, and accepts a variety of challenges and responsibilities which are both stimulating and rewarding. The structure and working of the lodge and the sequence of ceremonial events, which are usually followed by social gatherings, offer members a framework for companionship, teamwork, character development and enjoyment of shared experiences.