What is Freemasonry?Freemasonry is a fraternal society whose goal is “to make good men better”. Freemasons (or simply, Masons) played important roles in American history and come from many walks of life. Yet, within the fraternity all men are considered equals. Masons use the tools and implements of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of instruction designed to build character and moral values in its members.
Where do Masons meet?Masons meet in and as a “Lodge”. Both a group of Masons meeting together and the room or building in which they meet are referred to as a Lodge. Masonic buildings are also called “temples” because the original meaning of the term was “place of knowledge” and Masonry encourages the advancement of knowledge.
What do Masons do?Besides our monthly meetings, Masonry is deeply involved in helping within their community and in other charitable work. As a whole, the Masons of North America >contribute over two million dollars a day to charitable causes.
Becoming a MasonMasons are men of good character who strive to improve themselves and make the world a better place. If you think you may be interested in becoming a member, you can begin by contacting a Lodge in your area or speaking to a Mason (To be one, ask one). To petition for membership in a Masonic Lodge, a man must be of legal age (18 in New Jersey), of good character (we will ask for three references), believing in a Supreme Being (although Masonry is not a religion itself, nor is it a substitute for religion). After you petition for membership, the Master of the Lodge appoints a committee to visit prior to the Lodge balloting upon your petition. You may be invited to attend Lodge activities while your petition is being processed. Then you will undergo the three ceremonies (rituals also known as degrees), usually at three successive meetings, during which you will learn the basic teachings of Freemasonry.