Becoming a Freemason can be one of the most amazing and significant events of your life. From the moment you become a Masonic Brother, you will feel immediate acceptance and Brotherly love.
So Where Do You Begin?
If you have questions about becoming a Freemason in the Broome County, New York area click here and complete the contact form. One of our Masonic Brothers will contact you quickly my email. Usually within a few hours. We’ll give you an opportunity to talk directly with a Master Mason and get all your questions answered before you take another single step further.
What Is Required To Become A Freemason?
To join a Masonic Lodge in New York , you must have the following qualifications:
- You must be a man (male).
- You must At least 18 years old.
- Possess a belief in a supreme being, in whatever form or name.
- Be capable of reading and writing.
- Be a resident of New York State.
- Be well recommended and of good moral character.
Be A Man
The most commonly questioned of these qualifications is why women cannot join Freemasonry. While to some, this rule seems chauvinistic and archaic, we prefer to see it as an equitable and respectful recognition of the benefits of gender-specific institutions. It is of important note to recognize the masonic concordant body of the Order of the Eastern Star, which is in fact how women are included in the larger masonic community.
It is also important to understand that as part of joining Freemasonry, you’re becoming part of a family to whom you promise friendship and support – and who promise friendship and support to you.
You Must Be At Least 18 Years Of Age
The Masonic phraseology is that a petitioner must be “of lawful age” and “well recommended.” This age requirement changes from grand jurisdiction to grand jurisdiction, however, Round Hill Masonic Lodge #533 is situated in the State of New York where the current age for initiation is 18 years old.
Possess Belief In A Supreme Being
The only religious requirement of Freemasonry is that anyone petitioning the degrees of Masonry not be an “Atheist.” This is not to limit anyone’s freedom of religion but rather to ensure that its members believe that there is a greater power than themselves. Any person joining Freemasonry MUST believe that they are serving a higher calling and that their actions have consequences that carry beyond the grave. This predicates action that is accountable and necessitates the effort for improvement of oneself, others and the world.
Before we go any further, it should be known that Freemasonry is not a religion, even though it includes religious principles specifically from the Judeo-Christian traditions. Even though the Bible is one of the centerpieces of the Lodge and quotes from the New Testament are recited in Lodge – it is not necessary that a Freemason be a Protestant. In fact, it’s quite common that Freemasons are Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and Buddhist. All traditions are equally accepted and highly respected as validly fulfilling the required belief in a supreme being.
Reading and Writing
Not only are reading and writing important parts of completing the degrees, but proficiency is critical – especially in order to contribute to the health and growth of the Lodge and its members.
You Must Be a Resident of New York State
When joining Freemasonry, one ought to join a Lodge that is within an easy driving distance of their home. As such, that lodge will be part of a Grand Jurisdiction, which will require residency in their State, Province, Country or Commonwealth. Round Hill Lodge is located in Endicott, New York.
Be Well Recommended and of Good Moral Character
Rather than constructing stone buildings we are building towers of men, neighborhoods and countries – with the goal to build them stronger to better support the prosperity of future generations. Because of this, being well recommended and of good character is the most important qualification of becoming a Freemason. We as Masons truly believe that joining Freemasonry makes good men better. Many men are surprised that no one ever “asked” them to become a Mason. It must be noted that you will NEVER be asked. This process is only begun by seeking it out for yourself. Men interested in learning about our Great Fraternity or joining a lodge MUST initiate the inquiry. Upon the completion of the third degree, you’ll become a Master Mason and be eligible for all that Freemasonry has to offer you, which includes:
- Worldwide Brotherhood
- Male bonding
- Meaningful community service
- Camaraderie with other moral men
- And so much more………
It’s our sincere hope that you’ll consider becoming a Free and Accepted Mason, and sharing the feeling of friendship and Brotherly love that Freemasons have enjoyed from time immortal.