As the exact nature of the institution of Freemasonry is unknown to you it is advisable, before you proceed with an application to join Freemasonry, that you should be informed of certain features of our institution which may affect your decision to apply.
Freemasonry has always required that every candidate for membership should seek admission entirely of their own free will; not as the result of opportunity nor from feelings of curiosity; but from a preconceived favourable opinion of the institution, a desire for knowledge, and a sincere wish to become a more useful member of society.
Masonry espouses moralistic views based on a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, the immortality of the soul, and the brotherhood of men; therefore an atheist cannot become a Mason. It strives to teach every member the duty he owes to God, his country, to his family, to his neighbour and to himself. It inculcates virtues and makes extensive use of symbolism in its teachings. It neither conflicts with nor offers guidance upon religion or politics, but strives only after light and truth, endeavoring always to bring out the highest and noblest qualities of its members.
Nobody should seek to join Freemasonry in the hope of personal gain or advancement. Admission should not be sought for mercenary or unworthy reasons. Anyone so motivated will be disappointed. The aim of the true Freemason is to cultivate a brotherly feeling among men, and to help the distressed and afflicted to the extent of his ability.
Freemasonry is not, in itself, intended as a benefit society, although the practice of charity is considered a fundamental virtue. We do not pay our annual dues to entitle us to draw sick pay or other benefits, or to make provision for those we leave behind. There are other excellent societies founded for this purpose.
You will be informed about the fees and dues which you will be required to pay on joining a Lodge. No one should contemplate incurring these expenses if this will cause hardship to his family or anyone depending upon him.
Although Freemasonry is only open to men, it is essential that your wife or partner is aware of and concurs with your decision to join Freemasonry. Loyalty to one’s country and to the jurisdiction where one practices Freemasonry is an essential qualification of Freemasonry, and we can only accept as members those individuals who cheerfully conform to every lawful authority. Disloyalty is contrary to the teachings of Freemasonry. Freemasonry does not conflict with the beliefs of any man of upright heart and mind, and is not inconsistent with his civil, moral or religious duties.
Should these principles meet with your full and complete endorsement, you may contact us for further information.