Freemasonry is a voluntary, fraternal organization, composed of men of good will, good character and good reputation, whom in most jurisdictions around the world, believe in an Almighty Creator and practice the spirit of universal brotherhood to man.
They are loyal to their country and devote their time to the principles of friendship and fellowship. Their focus is to be of service to all mankind.
For many men, Freemasonry fulfills a part of themselves that they intrinsically felt was missing. Whether it be the social, the philosophical, the spiritual, the historical or simply a sense of community with others; you will find within Freemasonry that part of you which you seek.
Freemasons help to build a better world through a unique and worthy process of building better men to live in it. The Freemason Motto is: “Better men make a better world.”
You will learn to practice brotherly love for all, charitable relief for those who may be in need, morality and good citizenship in every community. Freemasonry acts as a charitable, fraternal, educational, social and character-building society.
Freemasonry is practiced in most countries of the world and can be defined as a “peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated with symbols.” Within Freemasonry, members advance through symbolic degrees, or ranks, in their intellectual and philosophical development.
In studying Freemasonry every person discovers that there are many aspects to the organization such as:
- The philosophical aspect of Freemasonry introduces the student to the profound subjects of initiation, symbolism and tradition, and their potential to impact his life for the better.
- The historical aspect teaches the student how the traditions and teachings that make up Masonry came to be, their central role in the spiritual search of mankind and the way Masonry has affected the world since its emergence.
- The organizational aspect helps the student understand how the organization is governed and perpetuated, and provides many opportunities for the development of leadership skills and an improved sense of personal responsibility.
Freemasonry, if approached with humility, an open heart and an open mind will make one a gentleman, a better family man, and a better citizen. It should also be understood that while Freemasonry is not a religion, it does encourage its members to be active in their own religious traditions.
Freemasonry is a traditional initiatic order. While it has taken its modern form during the Enlightenment, its traditions, symbols and lessons reach back to pre-modern times.