What Are the Requirements for Membership?
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 . . ."
Will I Be Asked To Join?
NO! Hopefully, if the concepts and principles of Masonry
as enumerated in this folder interest you, you will not need to be asked to
join. You must ask to become a Freemason. Unfortunately, many men who would
like to become Masons never do because they are unaware of the above-mentioned
requirement (that it be of your own free will and accord, and you must ask to
join the Fraternity). If you desire to learn more about Masonic membership,
feel free to contact a Mason to satisfy yourself concerning Freemasonry. 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 coaxing, coercement, or of any promise of material gain of any kind.
What Happens at the Initiation?
An applicant, whose petition has been accepted by the lodge, is advised of the date his Entered Apprentice Degree has been scheduled. On that date, following a brief Ritualistic opening, the petitioner is properly prepared and introduced to the lodge. The solemn process is an enlightening experience and the candidate need never worry that embarrassing or compromising situations will arise during this (or any other degree). After receiving the Entered Apprentice Degree, you will be expected to memorize several key passages of the Ritual and help will be extended in the teaching/learning process. Having learned the required Ritualistic work and satisfying the lodge of that proficiency, you will be asked to return for the conferral of your Fellow Craft Degree. Following a proficiency examination on that Degree, you will advance to the "last and highest grade of Ancient Craft Masonry-the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason." Only after having completed these three symbolic degrees will you truly understand the often-quoted statement, "Freemasonry Builds Its Temples in the Hearts of Men."
The requirements for membership are
To join the Masons in the State of Indiana, you must:
Be a man at least 18 years of age
Be of good moral character
Believe in a Supreme Being
Ask to join
You will then complete a membership application for a
lodge in your city or town (There are approximately 500 lodges in Indiana).
An initiation fee, generally $75.00 to $200.00 (this amount is determined by
the local lodge), accompanies the application. Within approximately 45 days
someone from the lodge will contact you for an interview. Your wife, friend,
or parent is encouraged to attend this interview. The lodge at its next meeting
will vote on your application. If accepted you are on your way to becoming a
Mason. The lodge performs three degrees (initiation ceremonies) for your education
and enjoyment. These ceremonies are very dignified and inspirational. At no
time will horseplay or indignities enter into the program. These degrees are
very solemn and Masons take the task of making Masons very seriously. After
becoming a Master Mason (the third degree of the lodge) you may seek membership
in the many other Masonic related groups or participate in the many activities
and charities that the Masons and the appendant bodies have to offer.
If you are interested in joining, please E-mail us at: BlueLodge78@yahoo.com You can also print out a petition by following the link below, Fill it out and bring it with you to the lodge.
Indiana Masonic Lodge Petition