What are the requirements to become a mason?
Membership is open to men age 18 or older who are of strong character and believe in a Supreme Being. Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.
What's the process to becoming a member?
Masonry does not solicit members; men must seek membership on their own. Any man who is interested in joining must first contact a Mason or a local lodge. He is then introduced to other Masons who can recommend him for membership and provide an application. Once he applies, a committee of lodge members meets with him to discuss the application and answer his questions. The committee then presents the application to lodge members, who vote on his membership.
Why can't women become masons?
Masonry is a fraternity, a brotherhood. Just as the essence of a sorority is that it’s for women, the essence of a fraternity is that it’s for men, There are several affiliated Masonic organizations open to women, including the Order of Eastern Star.
What are degrees?
Degrees are levels of membership, each of which is conferred in a ceremony at the lodge. There are three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. The titles come from the Middle Ages. When a person wanted to join a craft such as carpentry or stonemasonry, he was first apprenticed. As an apprentice, then, he learned the tools of the trade and upon proving his skills, he became a “Fellow of the Craft.” When he attained exceptional ability, he was known as a “Master of the Craft.”
what are the benefits of being a mason?
The fellowship, values, and truths that are part of the Masonic tradition have proved to inspire, challenge, and develop leadership in men. Benjamin Franklin described the fraternity as a place to “prepare himself.”
what do masons do?
Charity is at the heart of most Masonic activities. Each year, California Masons donate millions of dollars and thousands of hours to both small and large philanthropic causes. Masons were instrumental in establishing the public education system in the United States and also have an ongoing commitment to public schools. The California Masonic Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships the past four years.