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19th DISTRICT LODGES


BEVERLY-RIVERSIDE NO. 107  

BURLINGTON NO. 32 

CENTRAL NO. 44 

COVENANT NO. 161 

MAPLE SHADE - MOORESTOWN NO. 281 

MEDFORD NO. 178  

MOUNT HOLLY NO. 14 

MOUNT MORIAH NO. 28 

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 daily lives. 

     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 its meetings. 

      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 life:

 

Brotherly Love
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

Relief
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.

Truth
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.

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MASONRY IS EVERYWHERE.....

You may have seen the signs of Masonry in your community, at the movies, historic buildings, or maybe know some Masons in history.

Community

There are over 100 lodges in the State of New Jersey alone. You may recognize one of their buildings in your community.

 

Movies

The DaVinci Code, Angel & Demons, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and National Treasure are but a few examples of the mysteries of Freemasonry in films.

 

Historic Buildings

George 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.

 

 

 

 

THE 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 A MASON?

     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 grandlodge@njmasonic.org or call (609) 239-3950 for a petition or to get more information about "The Greatest Fraternity in the World".

 

 

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