Become a Mason

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

Since the honor and dignity of our great Fraternity must be upheld, there are several requirements one must meet to be eligible for membership:
  1. You must be a man
  2. You must be at least 21 years of age for membership in New Jersey (other Jurisdictions may vary in this regard)
  3. You must be free from any previous felony convictions (we will do a thorough criminal background check through the NJ State Police)
  4. You must be of good moral character
  5. No matter what your religion, you must believe in the existence of a Supreme Being (note: monotheistic)
  6. You must believe in the immortality of the soul

How the Process Works

First of all, it is important that you realize that it takes time and commitment to become a Freemason.  Your journey is a serious and weighty venture which, if you take the Craft’s teachings to heart, will have a significant impact on your character.  We take your efforts very seriously and commit our time and resources accordingly, as should you.Even though all of this may seem grandiose and a bit foreign, don’t worry – we will be with you every step of the process.

Getting and Submitting a Petition
To start the process you need to request a petition from us which you can do from this page.  After you signal your intent to join, we will forward you a petition for membership and some background information on the Craft.Once you fill the petition out in its entirety, we will usually invite you to the Lodge before a meeting to make the acquaintance of the Brethren.  You should arrive promptly and be dressed in business attire being sure to bring your petition and a check for the applicable petition fee.  After they get to know you and can deem you as a worthy individual, they will then sign and accept your 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.

The Investigation
Before we can ballot on your membership, there are certain procedures we must undertake according to Masonic law.  Therefore, depending on the time of year, it can take months from the time you submit your petition to the time you are initiated.  One of the procedures we must undertake is assigning an investigation committee to meet with you.This committee will consist of no less than 3 Master Masons and since we want you to feel comfortable during this process, we will visit you in your home.  The purpose of this investigation is to get a feel for your character, to gauge your interest and to answer any of the questions you might have about the Fraternity or the process.  This process usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

The Ballot
After the investigation committee meets with you, they will report their findings to the lodge and, as Masons are forbidden from asking anyone or telling them how they voted, a secret ballot on your petition will be taken.  The secret ballot is an ancient Masonic custom and it must be unanimous in its result.
Initiation
If you are elected to membership you will be notified via official correspondence and informed of the date and time of your initiation.  You will no doubt be excited at this prospect but we urge you to stay off the Internet and to avoid any television shows in regards to Masonry during this time.  While some of the information provided by these sources is true, much of it is false – and all of it, without proper explanation and instruction, can dilute the solemnity of the three Masonic Degrees in which you will partake.On the night of your first degree, you are to arrive alone promptly and to be dressed in a suit and tie.  You need not bring anything else with you on this occasion.

At this point, your Masonic journey will officially begin.  Enjoy the scenery!

To begin your journey, please email unionlodge19@gmail.com or call the Lodge mailbox at (732) 595-7850.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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