There are many personal benefits to becoming a Mason, and the rewards can be different for each person. But all Masons share a common goal: to become a better man.
Men age 18 and older who believe in a Supreme Being and meet the qualifications and standards for membership are eligible to petition a Lodge. We welcome men of every country, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion.
Freemasonry requires that a man cannot be compelled to join our Fraternity and that he must seek admission based on his “own free will and accord.” Therefore, he must ask a member to sponsor his application.
The process for becoming a Mason is managed at the Lodge level. The first step towards joining is to contact a lodge that you would like to have consider you for membership.
What Other Freemasons Have to Say
"It's not really a club. It's a way of life."
— Bob (Boston)
"One thing that you can always give but still keep is your word."
"It's about meaning and purpose. Everyone wants to have a connection. You want to count."
— Brian (Hingham)
"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest."
— Mark Twain
"I came to Freemasonry looking for a fabric to connect my life."
— Ken (East Longmeadow)
"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."
— Oscar Wilde
"That's the essence of friendship — making sure the person you're talking to feels valued."
— Raphael Awuku
"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
— Winston Churchill
"It's comforting to know that there is a room full of men who would do anything for the others."
— Richard (Tewksbury)
"Freemasonry has the power to connect people."
— Robert (Boston)
QUALITIES OF A MASONIC MAN
The essential qualities Masons share in their diverse lives are a belief in a Supreme Being and a desire to strive for:
Being a Mason is about a father helping his son make better decisions; a business leader striving to bring morality to the workplace; a thoughtful man learning to work through tough issues in his life.
Masons come from all walks of life: accountants, teachers, office workers, laborers — you name it.
They represent all creeds and cultures, and all are welcome. In Massachusetts alone, there are more than 225 Lodges with more than 29,000 members. You are bound to develop lasting friendships, meet new business associates, and broaden your circle of friends. No matter where your travels take you, it’s great to know there are brothers you can depend on and trust.
Fellowship, friendship & community are key components of anyone's life.
It is through fellowship that we learn about ourselves. We support our local communities not because we’re required to do so, but because we genuinely want to help those around us.
Masons seek to improve themselves and to help others, not because they think they should, but because they want to.
Because of this crucial distinction, Masons give freely of themselves and ask nothing in return. Nationally, Masons give away more than $3 million every day to relieve suffering. When you’re a Mason, the satisfaction derived from selfless service is immeasurable, for it is in helping others that one most helps himself.
You’ll share the values of the great men who founded the United States: Men who believed in the brotherhood of man and the ideals expressed in the U.S. Constitution.
Freemasonry is built upon the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Brotherly love is the practice of the golden rule. Relief embodies charity for all mankind. Truth is honesty, fair play and adherence to cardinal virtues. Above all, men of all faiths are welcome, as long as they believe in a Supreme Being.
When you become a Mason, you become part of ancient tradition that spans centuries.
From the original stonemasons that produced some of the most majestic architectural wonders of Europe to modern day Masons who participate in numerous charitable foundations, you’ll feel connected to a vital, growing and spiritually uplifting organization of moral men.