What is Freemasonry?

by Most Worshipful Brian Paradis, Past Grand Master, Masons in Maine

Freemasonry's purpose is to help build a better world by teaching and promoting the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God. Among its tenets are friendship, morality, brotherhood, patriotism, tolerance, relief of the distressed, the Golden Rule and charity toward all. Freemasonry welcomes men of all faiths. Although religious in character, Freemasonry is not a religion. It neither claims to take the place of the church, nor tries to influence the religious beliefs of its members. Contrary to what some believe, Freemasonry is not a secret society. Its only secrets are traditional passwords, signs of recognition and dramatic presentations of moral lessons.

How does a man join? Well, he must be at least 18 years of age, mentally competent, of good moral character and believe in the existence of a Supreme Being. He must obtain a petition from a Masonic friend, be recommended by two Masons, be investigated by a committee of inquiry and pass a unanimous ballot in the lodge to which he makes application.