Why be a Freemason?

Every man has his own reason for wanting to be a part of the greatest fraternity in the world. Regardless of your reason, you will benefit from membership because Freemasonry makes good men better. Look around our website and you will find much about our history, purpose, and current day programs of education, character development and charity. In today’s society, men lead busier lives than ever. Many Brothers find Lodge meetings to be an excellent “break from life,” where everyday troubles can be forgotten and Brotherhood prevails. Whatever your reason, Freemasonry has something to offer nearly every man.

Who can join?

To qualify for membership, a petitioner must be male, at least 18 years of age, one who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being, of good moral character, motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit, prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry, desirous of earning knowledge and willing to conform to the ancient usages and customs of the fraternity.

How to join?

Our tradition was to wait for you to seek membership entirely of your own free will and accord. Today, however, we allow our members to selectively invite men of good character, who will be a credit to our Fraternity. But this doesn’t mean that you have to wait to be invited to join the Freemasons of Pennsylvania. Your interest is enough, if you meet the qualifications.

To start the process, you must first submit a petition for membership. This petition will be read at a meeting of the Lodge you are seeking to join. You will then be visited by a small committee from the Lodge who will ascertain your qualifications and answer any questions you or your family may have regarding Freemasonry. At the next meeting, the members will vote on your petition for membership. Once approved, you will be asked to attend three successive meetings, during which you will learn the teachings of Freemasonry. In ceremonies known as Degrees you will assume your vows of membership. The one time fee for joining Freemasonry varies with each Lodge, but averages around $300. In addition, members pay dues to their Lodge, averaging around $100 per year.

Dan Testimonial

Dan K.

Leadership is an important skill to learn in life. Freemasonry teaches you how to be a leader of men that inspires others.

Perry - Keystone Lodge No. 392
Erie
Masonic Testimonial

Kashan R.

What I enjoy most about Freemasonry is hanging out with the guys and the companionship we share together.

Dallas Lodge No. 231
Pittsburgh
Dave Testimonial

Dave G.

Freemasonry has improved every aspect of my life. I’m a better father, better husband, better businessman, and better friend.

Ephrata Lodge No. 665
Ephrata

Our Purpose

Freemasonry is a fraternity of brothers who share one common goal: to help each other become better men. We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives. All who join Freemasonry must declare their belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, and practice their own personal faith, but the fraternity is neither a religion nor a place to worship. Rather, it is a place where men of all monotheistic creeds can meet and focus on the great truths of peaceful human interaction that are common to all religions.

Religion

Freemasonry is not a religion. Your religious beliefs are your own. You must, however, believe in a Supreme Being.

Secrecy

Freemasonry is not a secret society. Our members do not hide their affiliation with us. Many of our activities are open to family and friends.

Hazing

There is absolutely no hazing permitted in the Masonic fraternity.

Memorizing

There is no requirement to memorize any ritual, but members can choose to participate as they wish.

Attending

There are no attendance requirements.

One Day Classes

A One Day Class is a unique opportunity for men who want to join the Masonic fraternity, but who don’t have the time it traditionally takes to go through the degrees over a period of several months due to their jobs, family, military service, community service commitments or other circumstances. Sometimes a One Day Class will be held on a state-wide basis – all in one day at 12-13 different locations throughout the Commonwealth. On other occasions, each of the Masonic districts across the state will hold a One Day Class on its own, or at a regional conferral with several other districts. The local Lodge to which you submit your petition will know more about the specific opportunities available to you . In either case, the presentation of the ceremonies are expertly conferred by “all-star” teams who demonstrate exemplary work.

Membership Inquiry

If you are interested in learning more about Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, but are not ready to fill out a petition, please fill out the form. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will forward your request to a representative of a local Lodge in your area to personally contact you. Please note that this is NOT a petition for membership. This form is only to find out more about the Fraternity. Completing this request doesn’t guarantee membership– you must apply for membership in a Lodge in your community. Each Lodge has the responsibility for electing its own membership. By completing this form, you will have the opportunity to be introduced to Masons who will get to know you better, or who will help you find a friend who is already a Mason.

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