What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a fraternity of brothers who share one common goal: to help each other become better men. We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives. All who join Freemasonry must declare their belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, and practice their own personal faith, but the fraternity is neither a religion nor a place to worship. Rather, it is a place where men of all monotheistic creeds can meet and focus on the great truths of peaceful human interaction that are common to all religions.

Why you should consider membership?

Every man has his own reason for wanting to be a part of the greatest fraternity in the world.  Regardless of your reason, you will benefit from membership, because Freemasonry makes good men better.   Exploring this website andwww.pagrandlodge.org, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania website, you will find much about our history, purpose and current day programs of education, character development and charity. To take the next step, you need to submit your petition to a Lodge.  If you know a Mason, ask him to help you find the right Lodge for you.  If you log onto the Grand Lodge website, a Lodge Locator is available to find those lodges in close proximity of your home or business.  We suggest you consider joining a lodge that is accessible to you so you will be able to become an active and contributing member.  A petition can be printed from this website as well as the Grand Lodge website.If you believe that Pocono Lodge is for you but you don’t know anything about us, we invite you to contact us and arrange a visit to our lodge.  It is a great time to meet some of the members and ask any questions you may have.  We will also provide you with a tour of the temple and explain some of the items found in it.

Who can Join?

To qualify for membership, a petitioner must be male, at least 18 years of age, one who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being, of good moral character, motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit, prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry, desirous of earning knowledge and willing to conform to the ancient usages and customs of the fraternity.

How to Join?

Our tradition was to wait for you to seek membership entirely of your own free will and accord. Today, however, we allow our members to selectively invite men of good character, who will be a credit to our Fraternity. But this doesn't mean that you have to wait to be invited to join the Freemasons of Pennsylvania. Your interest is enough, if you meet the qualifications.

To start the process, you must first submit a petition for membership. This petition will be read at a meeting of the Lodge you are seeking to join. You will then be visited by a small committee from the Lodge who will ascertain your qualifications and answer any questions you or your family may have regarding Freemasonry. At the next meeting, the members will vote on your petition for membership. If approved, you will be asked to attend three successive meetings, during which you will learn the teachings of Freemasonry. In ceremonies known as Degrees you will assume your vows of membership. The fee for joining Freemasonry varies with each Lodge and includes your dues for the first year.

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