Who can become a Mason?

 Twenty-two words establish the most important prerequisite to becoming a
Mason. "...We receive none knowingly into our ranks who are not moral and
upright before God and of good repute before the world..."

Under Indiana Masonic Law, a person seeking admission must be a man, at least 18 years of age and a resident of Indiana for at least six months immediately prior to petitioning. He must profess his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, by whatever name He may be known. Membership in the Fraternity must be of one's own free will and accord.  As Freemasons, we believe that membership in an organization as worthy as ours must come from a sincere wish of being serviceable to your fellow creatures, and not because of any corecement, or of any promise of material gain of any kind.

How do I become a Mason?

You must ask to become a Freemason. You will not be asked to join.
Contact a person known to you to be a Mason and ask him to assist in obtaining
the information you require, or Contact the
Indiana Grand Lodge.

Is it really a secret society?

Freemasonry is an open, not secretive, society. Masonic Lodges are clearly marked on the exterior and Masons make no secret of there membership. They wear pins and rings and adorn their cars with the square and compass. hardly the actions of a secret society.

There are secret ways Masons use to identify each other and gain entrance into Lodges involving grips and passwords, but this is done to be certain of a man's membership qualifications.

Is Freemasonry a religion?

No. As a fraternal association dedicated to making good men better, Freemasonry respects the religious beliefs of all its members. Freemasonry has no theology and does not teach any method of salvation.

Yet, religion plays an important part in Freemasonry. A candidate must profess a belief in God - no atheist can ever become a Mason. Masonry encourages its members to be active in religion and the house of worship of his own choice, for without religion, a man is alone and lost and will never reach his fullest potential. But a man's choice of religion is his own, and will never be dictated by his Lodge.

Masons come from every religion the world over, and are always respectful and tolerant of that which is sacred to his brother, be he Christian, Muslim, Jew, or of some other faith in God.

What are the principals of Freemasonary?

Fidelity…..Wisdom…..Strength…..Beauty…..Freedom of Speech…..Freedom of Religion…..Benevolence…..Truth…..Morality…..Friendship…..

What is the time commitment?

Masonry is not to interfere with your responsibilities to God, your family or your job. You will be required to memorize portions of the ritual, and once you have done so, you can be as active or passive as you wish. We encourage you to attend our meetings and take part in passing along our rituals and heritage to those who follow you, helping at Lodge functions or even becoming an officer, but none of this is required.