What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry (Masonry) is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization. It is a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other. We develop lifelong friendships with fellow Masons and their families and are welcomed at Masonic lodges throughout the world.
Masonry is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, our country and our future. Masons find satisfaction in being part of a centuries-old fraternity whose traditions and core values are relevant today and will endure for centuries to come.
Mission of Freemasonry
The mission of the Masons is to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others.
Our mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity:
A true Freemason ought to show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and be kind to and understanding of his fellow human beings.
Freemasons are taught to practice charity, not only for their own, but also for the community at large.
Freemasons are taught to search for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
PRECEPTS OF FREEMASONRY
Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
One of the oldest social organizations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organization provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.