LODGE OF NEW JERSEY
BECOMING A MASON
19th DISTRICT LODGES
BEVERLY-RIVERSIDE NO. 107
CENTRAL NO. 44
COVENANT NO. 161
MAPLE SHADE - MOORESTOWN NO.
MOUNT HOLLY NO. 14
PEMBERTON - PYRAMID NO. 92
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|WHO ARE THE
FREEMASONS / WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal
societies, rich in history, 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
We live our lives "upon the square". Masons come from all walks
of life. We are teachers, business people, doctors, lawyers,
pharmacists, police, firemen, EMT's, barbers and deli-men. 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.
Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for
religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of
many religions and it expects them to continue to follow thier
own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles
with the belief that these principles with the belief that these
principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for
the opinions of others and behave with kindness and
understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care,
not only for their own, but also for the community as a
whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary
efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral
standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the
law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its
principles do not in any way conflict with its members'
duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in
fulfilling their private and public responsibilities.
The use by a Freemason of their membership to promote
his own or anyone else's business, professional or
personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the
conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry.
His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any
obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to
shield a Freemason who has acted dishonorably or
unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.
Famous Masons (click
MASONRY IS EVERYWHERE.....
have seen the signs of Masonry in your community, at the movies,
historic buildings, or maybe know some Masons in history.
over 100 lodges in the State of New Jersey alone. You
may recognize one of their buildings in your community.
The DaVinci Code,
Angel & Demons, The League of Extraordinary
National Treasure are but a few examples of the
mysteries of Freemasonry in films.
Washington Historic Masonic Memorial, Historic Trenton
Masonic Temple, and Philadelphia Masonic Temple are but
a few of the local Historical buildings.
Masons in History
George Washington, James
Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan,
Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Gerald R. Ford, and Lyndon
B. Johnson are all Presidential Masons.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
There are several prerequisites to be a Mason. To qualify
for membership, a petitioner must be male, at least 21 years of
age, one who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being, of
good moral character (and have three people willing to vouch for
this 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 DO I BECOME
Our tradition is to wait for you to seek membership entirely of
your own free will and accord. The
Masons have a saying, "To be one, ask one" and this is still
true today. Your interest in joining the Masons is enough, if
you meet the qualifications.
To start the process, you must first submit a petition. 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. Once 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.
Contact the Grand Lodge via e-mail
(609) 239-3950 for a
petition or to get more information about "The Greatest
Fraternity in the World".