What is Freemasonry?

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the leading fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, formally organized in London, England on 22nd June 1717. As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.

Freemasonry is an individual journey towards becoming a better father, husband, friend, citizen and man, supported by other men at different points on the same journey. Masons live by the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and truth.

Brotherly Love, Relief and truth are traditions on which Freemasonry is founded, upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple. Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb rule of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue.” Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions; rather, that it reminds every Mason of himself, his family, community and a belief in a Supreme Architect (an individual’s own definition of a Supreme Being.)