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  2. What is Freemasonry?
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  4. And this is Who We Are
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    1. Canadian Grand Lodges
    2. Grand Lodges of the USA
    3. Prince Hall Grand Lodges

My friend,

If you wonder why you were never asked to become a Mason, it is because Masons do not solicit for members.

If you are seeking Membership YOU must ask a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application. To find a lodge in Pictou County check the Pictou County Masonic Directory on this site or contact the Grand Lodge of your Province or State.

  •   You must be a man at least 21 (18 in some jurisdictions).
  •   You must be of good moral character
  •   You must have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a
      Supreme Being is up to you)
  •   You must be a Resident of your province or state for 12 months
  •   You must decide to become a Mason of "your own free will and accord"
  •   You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
  •   You must be loyal to your country.
  •   You must be dedicated to providing for your family
  •   You must have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner
      that will earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help
      others through community service and universal benevolence.
  •   You must sign a petition, stating your age, occupation and place of residence.
  •   The (modest) fees and dues must not become a burden to yourself or family.

There are NO religious, political or racial restrictions for Masonic membership other than the aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being. Any discussion of religion or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge.

Members of the Lodge vote by secret ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.

Qualifications:

Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better." Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are favourably considered for Membership. Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.

The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbours and himself."

Before rushing in to call for an application form, please read on and check in your heart and mind if you can wholeheartedly accept and support the fundamental principles of the Fraternity. Should you decide to petition a Lodge for membership, your application will be evaluated against the guidelines established by the Grand Lodge.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the largest and oldest secular fraternal order in the world, crossing all religious boundaries to bring men together of all countries, sects, and opinion in peace and harmony. It is a universal brotherhood, dedicated to serving the divine by service to family, country, and mankind.

Freemasonry is a philosophical organization emphasizing the study of moral symbols to build character. This education is, in part, the foundation of a more profound understanding of mankind and His existence. Living today in a "throw away / mass consumption society", Freemasonry teaches about the value of people and the meaning of relativism over personal individualism. The real nature of Freemasonry is a spiritual force behind each member, improving himself morally by associating with other like-minded individuals. Also, Freemasonry acts as a social organization, promoting the interaction between like-minded men within the lodge to build bonds between them. By fostering this brotherhood, relationships are made that remain even outside the comforts of the lodge; the bonds remain and genuine affection prevails. Wherever traveling, masons meet and greet other masons as brothers as a result of these bonds.

Freemasonry opens men's eyes to the knowledge that the road to happiness is found in the journey to the perfection of the spirit, intellect & soul, to strive to his fullest potential. Differing from religious institutions, Freemasonry sees all men as equal, not drawing division to beliefs. Fellow Freemasons are regarded as brothers because of the rituals of Freemasonry, which have remained virtually unchanged for many hundred years. By accepting men of all faiths, together in Freemasonry, they learn and teach the truths of morality, justice, patriotism and brotherly love. All expressed through reverence to the divine Great Architect of the Universe.

What Freemasonry does...

Simply, Freemasonry builds and advances the character of men to make them better.

Building on principles of moral integrity, Freemasons hold brotherly love as paramount to the benefit of mankind. Whether through charitable acts, or by direct involvement, Freemasonry has dedicated itself to the prosperity of mankind.

On the individual level, Freemasonry builds on moral philosophy, through allegorical symbols to impart rich and complex meanings about the divine. What that means, is that through Masonic education, individuals are given their own personal building blocks to contribute to the building of their own personal moral character, and then charged with applying that purpose in their day-to-day life.

It does not act to impart religion to its membership, instead it builds on the tenets and virtues taught by all religions; including a faith in the divine, the application of the Golden Rule, and the value of leading a moral virtuous life, all with the drive to put these ideas into personal practice. It promotes the active participation in the member’s individual faith tradition, charging them to build their spiritual character.

Throughout the mason’s life, the lessons of morality and ethics are revisited through the extensions of the various bodies of Freemasonry, building on the principles of Freemasonry. Seldom can a mason say to have learned all of the meanings taught to them through the degrees.

By serving to promote brotherly love masons are involved in extended levels of charity and benevolence to meet the needs of those least able in society.

And this is Who We Are

Freemasons are men who voluntarily sought admission to a lodge and were accepted because they were tested by their peers and found to be of good moral character, with a belief in the divine, and uphold high moral, personal, and ethical standards.

They participate and desire to participate with like-minded individuals in learning what Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth truly mean, practicing these tenets both within and without lodge, in their various communities and vocations.

Freemasons are people from all walks life, from college students to presidents. Men from all walks have petitioned and received the degrees of the fraternity and have attended and served side by side with others who have elected to do the same.

Membership in Freemasonry is not a secret, as many masons proudly wear pins or rings proclaiming their fellowship. There are no secrets in Freemasonry, except for the most initiatic of rituals in the quest for light, and even those are not secret in their activity, but rather in their deeper meanings.

The lessons learned in Freemasonry are openly shared with wives, friends, coworkers and anyone who seeks their meaning on what the great fraternity is about. But, Freemasons are not boastful nor indolent in it's virtues and do not squander their opportunities to impart wisdom whenever possible. Practical duties of charity are planned for and carried out, personally and within a lodge. And lastly, but most importantly, the bonds of fidelity and brotherly love are practiced within the lodge and without towards all brothers and non-brothers alike, but with special consideration to brother master masons, where ever they may be.

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Grand Lodge Links

Canadian Grand Lodges

The Grand Lodge AF&AM of Alberta
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Manitoba AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of New Brunswick F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador AF&AM
District Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador, Grand Lodge of AF&AM of Scotland
The Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Quebec AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan AF&AM

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Grand Lodges of the USA

The Grand Lodge of Alabama F&AM
The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Alaska F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Arizona F&AM
The Grand Lodge of California AF&AM
The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Colorado
The Grand Lodge of Connecticut AF&AM
Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Delaware AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Florida F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Georgia F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Hawaii F&AM Link removed  "

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The Grand Lodge of Idaho AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Illinois AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Idiana F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Iowa AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Kansas AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Kentucky F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Louisiana F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Maine AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Maryland AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Massatchusetts AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Michigan F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Minnesota AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Mississippi F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Missoury AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Montana AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Nebraska AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Nevada F&AM
The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire F&AM
The Grand Lodge of New Jersey F&AM
The Grand Lodge of New Mexico AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of New York
The Grand Lodge of North Carolina AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of North Dacota AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Oklahoma AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Oregon AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island F&AM
The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina
The Grand Lodge of South Dakota AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Tennessee F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Utah F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Vermont F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Virginia AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Washington F&AM
The Grand Lodge of West Virginia AF&AM
The Grand Lodge of Wisconsin F&AM
The Grand Lodge of Wyoming AF&AM

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Prince Hall Grand Lodges

Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario and Jurisdiction F&AM

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Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alaska F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Arizona F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Jurisdiction of Arkansas F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of District of Columbia F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Delaware F&AM
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Prince Hall Affiliated of Florida F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Hawaii F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Idaho
Prince Hall lodges in Idaho are chartered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Oregon and Nevada
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Idiana F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Iowa
No website. Mail to: 2420 Prospect Rd., Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kansas
No website. Mail to: PO Box 1117, Kansas City, Kansas 66117
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kentucky F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maine
There is one Prince Hall Lodge in Maine (Bangor) - Maine Prince Hall Masons are under the MWPHGL of Massachusetts
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland R&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massatchusetts F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Minnesota F&AM
Most Worshipful Stringer Grand Lodge Jurisdiction of Mississippi F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missoury F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Montana F&AM
No website. Prince Hall Lodges in Montana are chartered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oregon
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nevada F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Hampshire F&AM
No website. New Hampshire Prince Hall Lodges are chartered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Mexico F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Dakota F&AM
No website. Prince Hall Grand Lodges in North Dakota are chartered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Minnesota
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oklahoma F&AM
Dead link. Mail to: PO Box 2348, Muskogee, OK 74402
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oregon
No website. Mail to: 115-118 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Rhode Island F&AM
No website. Mail to: 883 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02905-4705
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Carolina F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Dakota F&AM
The Prince Hall Grand Lodge in South Dakota is chartered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kansas
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Tennessee F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming F&AM
Vermont
There are no Prince Hall Lodges in Vermont
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington F&AM
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of West Virginia F&AM
No website. Mail to: PO Box 233, Whitman, WV 25652-0233
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Wisconsin F&AM
No Website. Mail to: 600 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah F&AM

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