How do I become a Mason?

This is easier than it may seem to be. You must seek a Master Mason out or contact a Masonic Lodge in your neighborhood (contact us if you are in the New Castle area) and ask for a Petition to become a Mason. This will literally "put your foot in the door" and start you on your way to being a Mason. No Mason may actually solicit you for membership. This would be a Masonic offense.

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.

To become a Mason, you must be a man, 18 years of age (21 in some jurisdictions), acknowledge belief in a Supreme Deity, be of good morals and reputation, must seek admission of your own free 2 B 1 A S K 1 will and accord, must be recom- mended by a Mason (or by Masons), must be unanimously elected to membership, and must be willing to assume an obligation to the fraternity. You will not be asked to swear profane oaths nor will you be asked to assume obligations which are incompatible with your religious or civil duties, and to those duties which you owe to your family or your fellow man.

You can find Brother Master Masons in all walks of life. There may be a Brother at your place of work, where you go to shop for clothes, groceries, at your church, temple or synagogue. In essence, anywhere in your community that you go, you might find a brother. Sometimes a Brother will display the Masonic Square and Compasses on a coat lapel or even as a ring.

The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors and himself.

The Scottish Rite

Scottish Rite

The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite, is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry.

Scottish Rite
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The York Rite

York Rite

The York Rite or American Rite is one of several Rites of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join to further his knowledge of Freemasonry. The York Rite specifically is a collection of separate Masonic Bodies and associated Degrees that would otherwise operate independently.