Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a Mason?
-- Just Ask!
Because Masons have not traditionally recruited members, and do not hold public meetings, there has long been confusion about how to join the Fraternity. Does someone ask you? Do you ask?
If you meet the following requirements, it's quite simple:
- You are an adult male of good character and recommended by a Mason.
- You believe in a Supreme Being -- no atheist can become a Mason -- but we are not concerned with theological distinctions or your particular religious beliefs.
- You are interested in becoming a Mason because you hold a favorable opinion of our institution; and, your decision to apply is based on your own "free will and accord." No one will compel you to join.
Most men can become a Mason by simply asking -- -- like Washington, Franklin, and most every Mason from the past to the present day. Each Lodge manages the membership process for its candidates. In general, men seek out a Lodge near their home or work, or they ask a Mason to recommend a Lodge to them. Once you've found a Lodge you would like to join, let them know of your interest and they will provide you with a petition.
If you are unanimously elected by the members of a Lodge, joining the Fraternity involves going through three "degrees": Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Every man accepted into the Fraternity goes through the degrees, thereby making each an equal to the others in the Lodge. Typically they are conferred during a Lodges's monthly meeting, within a year of being initiated. Once you are a Master Mason, however, you are free to join the many appendant organizations. You should know though, that the 3rd Degree, or Master Mason degree, is the highest degree in Freemasonry -- any others are supplemental, and though they may add to your Masonic experience, the degrees are no higher, regardless of their number.
Still interested? If you are intersted in petitioning Laurel Wreath Lodge, please continue and ask.