Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Become a Freemason?
The Steps to Becoming an Freemason with Euclid Lodge No.158
Ever wonder why no one has invited you to join the greatest, most influential and respected fraternity in the world? The fact is, no one will ever ask or invite you to be a Freemason. We do not solicit for members, it is up to you to approach a member or the Lodge and ask us that you are interested in joining our beloved fraternity. Our goal is to make good men better, we are non – denominational, men of all ages and all walks of life.
Welcome to the first step of your journey. How this journey unfolds – that’s up to you.
Many great men have come before you, and many will come after, all of whom will have had questions they needed answered. We are here to answer any questions you may have in regards to Freemasonry or becoming a Freemason. We try to inform people about what a Masonic Lodge is, how it operates, and to set straight myths about our fraternity.
Much has been said about our fraternity, some positive and some negative. You can freely read about our history and culture through numerous websites or books, but you’ll be missing the most important aspect of becoming a Freemason: the experience we provide through our unwritten traditions and our ancient rituals. Don’t despair, none of our traditions or rituals will go against your moral fabric.
Masonry is about respecting the past, understanding and being in the present, and planning for the future. The goal of Euclid Lodge and our Fraternity has always been and always will be to ‘make good men better’. We actively exemplify this ideology by reminding our members of their duties towards their neighbours and communities, and to always be mindful and supportive of those less fortunate, both Mason and non-Masons alike.
If this sounds of interest to you, we would like to extend to you an open invitation to learn more and to join our fraternity. We caution you though to not take this step lightly, as this decision has the power to change your life.
Read, ask, watch the video here, read some more, and take a Freemason for a coffee (one of our favourite activities!). The ideal is to already know a Euclid Lodge member, however, if you don’t, and you choose to contact us, we’ll arrange for an introduction. Your reading should also include the Lodge’s “An Introduction to Freemasonry” on page 2.
Once you’ve done all your reading and research, and you decide that Freemasonry appeals to you, the next step is to contact us! We use a 6-Step process to guide you through to make sure that Freemasonry is right for you.
Initiation as a Freemason with Euclid Lodge is a rare and sought-after privilege. Lodge Officers and Mentors spend hundreds of heartfelt hours sharing the wisdom, joy, mysteries and discoveries of Freemasonry with you; as such, we are limited in the number of new Brethren we can admit each year. Before you are formally proposed by the Membership Committee, there will be a number of informal meetings and discussions with you to ensure that both you and the Lodge will be well-served by your membership. You may also be asked to attend a number of Festive Boards (our Lodge socials), or other Masonic social functions, in order to have an opportunity to meet the Brethren of Euclid Lodge. If you continue-on to the formal membership petition stage, you will need two Lodge Brothers as sponsors. One of Freemasonry’s greatest joys is to extend the fraternal hand of welcome to new Brothers, and the social functions are the perfect way to find your sponsors!
After you have gone through the above steps, and remain fully decided that you would like to become a Freemason, and the Membership Committee has concurred with your interest and fit with the Lodge, your membership petition will be formally presented at a Euclid Lodge meeting. A final delegation will then be struck with three Lodge Brothers to formally meet with you, normally in your home.
Upon favourable report from the three designated Brothers, you will be proposed for initiation into Euclid Lodge, and the Brethren of the Lodge will ballot on the proposal.
You will be advised of the results of the ballot, and if successful, given a prospective date for your initiation ceremony (the First Degree) and the commencement of your Masonic Journey!
“The Freemasons fraternity is not a club where one writes a cheque
and it is a done deal”.
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care – not for their own – but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
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