The First Question
By coming to this page, you have already demonstrated at least a modicum of desire to become a Freemason and you, no doubt, have many questions. To satisfy your intellectual desire, you want to know about who the Freemasons are, what they do, how they act and what they teach. If you’ve done some research on the Internet or have watched TV shows about Masonry, you may even think you have the answers to some of these questions.
To be honest, because of the sheer amount of misinformation on the Internet and television, your ideas on Freemasonry are probably not entirely correct. That is O.K. – every Mason has been in your shoes before! The first step in joining is to open your mind and reflect upon your wants, desires and motives. After you have done so you must then ask yourself, “Is Freemasonry for me?”
While we can assure you that, for a multitude of reasons, Masonry is a rewarding and worthwhile endeavor, we also know that it is not for everyone. Only men who are intelligent, honest, moral & just stand to gain anything worthwhile from the Fraternity. We can only make good men better; we leave the Miracle work to God.
So, the question remains, is Freemasonry for you?
Do you believe in God?
While Freemasonry is not a religion, it is religious in nature. Certainly, the single most important part of our Fraternity, the very core of our organization, is the belief in a single, Supreme Being. An athiest or polytheist can not be made a Mason.
If you believe in God, then Freemasonry is for you.
Do you enjoy fellowship with your neighbor?
The three tenants of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Masonry seeks only those who value peace and harmony with their fellow man and who seek to promote these beliefs by sowing the seeds of compassion, honesty, love, truth, charity, hope and forgiveness.
If you consider yourself aligned with these tenants, then Freemasonry is for you.
Are you an intelligent man who values education and philosophical thinking?
Freemasonry’s teachings are only valuable to those who have the faculty to digest them. The Craft has often been described as a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols and it requires a swift mind to fully understand. Many of her gentle teachings are not direct in nature but are designed to provoke thought and self reflection; a sound mind, necessary to the advancement of the craft, is essential to a Mason.
If you consider yourself intelligent and value philosophical teachings, then Freemasonry is for you.
Are you a good person who still sees room for improvement?
Freemasonry is a tool for advancement on a personal level. Those seeking solely to make business connections or advance their careers will not find Masonry as rewarding as they’d imagine. In addition to its moral and philosophical teachings, Masonry will also provide you with a sense of self accomplishment and self worth and it will aid you in becoming a better public speaker while instilling the time honored qualities of leadership.
If you believe yourself to be a genuinely good person who still seeks betterment, then Freemasonry is for you.
Do you have the time and dedication to become a Mason?
While Freemasonry believes a person’s family and vocation come before the Fraternity, it nevertheless requires a certain time commitment. If you have a wife or other family commitments, we encourage you to speak with them first to make sure you have their support in this wonderful undertaking; it is, after all, a big decision which will have a marked impact on your personality.
If you have the support of your family and are willing to commit the time needed, then Freemasonry is for you.
If you have answered yes to these questions, we congratulate you on jumping the first hurdle to becoming a Freemason. The next step is to make sure you meet the requirements for Membership.
To become a Freemason, you must first signal your intent to do so by submitting an application form which, in Masonry, is known as a Petition for Membership. This section is intended to give you a brief rundown on the Petitioning process starting with the prerequisites for membership.
Qualifications of a Petitioner
- You must be a man
- You must be at least 21 years of age for membership in New Jersey (other Jurisdictions may vary in this regard)
- You must be free from any previous felony convictions (we will do a thorough criminal background check through the NJ State Police)
- You must be of good moral character
- No matter what your religion, you must believe in the existence of a Supreme Being (note: monotheistic)
- You must believe in the immortality of the soul
How the Process Works
Getting and Submitting a Petition
It is important for you to realize that our meetings are private; as you will not yet be a member, we will ask you to leave before it begins. Do not feel bad or unwanted, it is all part of the process.
At this point, your Masonic journey will officially begin. Enjoy the scenery!
To begin your journey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Lodge mailbox at (732) 595-7850. We look forward to hearing from you.