Becoming a Freemason can be one of the most significant events of your life. From the moment you become a Brother, you will feel immediate acceptance and Brotherly love. So where do you begin? To join . . . all you have to do ask a Mason:
- Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or works nearby, or…
- You can find nearby lodges listed in your phonebook or on the internet, just as you found us here.
- The first section of this four-part video introduces the Grand Lodge of Texas and its structure. It introduces some key concepts of Masonry and illustrates what Masons believe. “Meeting on the Level” is discussed as a unique component of the Masonic Fraternity.
- The second section of the “Becoming a Mason” video focuses on Texas History and its ties with Freemasonry. In it you will find information on the first Lodge in Texas, learn how the Grand Lodge of Texas was formed, and hear about some of the Heroes of Texas who were Masons.
- The third section explains how Freemasonry relates to the Family, from Masonic Organizations that wives and kids can join, to family activities sponsored by the individual Lodges and Grand Lodge. It also touches on the world-wide Brotherhood of Freemasons and talks of the time constraints of Masonry in the modern world.
- The conclusion of this four part series speaks to the individual interested in pursuing Masonry, from finding a Lodge, through the petition process, and up to the point of initiation. It explains some of the ways Masonry teaches candidates, and alludes to a basic understanding of the Masonic Experience.
The ABSOLUTE requirements for becoming a Mason are:
- be a man, at least 18 years old
- have a belief in a Supreme Being (of any faith. No particular religion or faith is equired or excluded. All are welcome.)
- you should be someone who does, or want to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.
- if you are a family man, Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:
- you have the time to participate (usually two or three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then on — often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)
- you can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family. you should be coming to Masonry “of your own free will and accord”, to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you “get ahead” in business.
THE PROCESS FOR PETITIONING FOR THE DEGREES OF FREEMASONRY
Joining the fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity. Masons do not solicit for members. You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
Below are the general steps that you will take in seeking membership in our fraternity.
ASK FOR INFORMATION
Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry! You are welcome to come by anytime we are at the Lodge and visit with us about your interest in beginning your journey in Freemasonry
VISIT THE LODGE
Don’t be intimidated! We are here every Tuesday usually beginning around 6:15 – 6:30PM. Our floor practice begins at 7:00PM. This is when we start practicing our degree work. If you are not a Mason, you would not be able to be a part of any of that.
We have our monthly stated meeting on the second Friday of every month. This consists of business and program presentations. Once again, if you are not a Mason, you would not be able to be a part of that. However, we have dinner before the regular stated meetings starting at 6:30PM and you are always welcome to join us for dinner.
REQUEST A PETITION
Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. You can also find a PDF version of the petition here. You may fill it out on your computer then print it. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, ask the lodge you’re petitioning for advice.
SUBMIT YOUR PETITION
When YOU are ready, submit your petition. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.
Now that the lodge has your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take:
The Master of our Lodge will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home and meet members of your family. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect . . . we don’t expect petitioners to be perfect, either.
Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the Lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.
AFTER THE BALLOT
Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions. We will want to work with you to schedule a time to take the next step, your FIRST degree in masonry, the Entered Apprentice degree. There are three degrees that we confer, and many others in the appendant bodies, but no one forgets their first degree.