What is a Mason? / How do I become a Mason?
Becoming a Freemason can be one of the most significant events of your life. From the moment you become a Brother, you will feel the immediate acceptance and Brotherly love. This obviously leads to the question; "How do I become a Mason?". Will I be asked to join? Simply put, the answer is "No"! You must ask a Freemason in order to become a Freemason (2B1-ASK1).
Unfortunately, many men who would like to become Masons never do because they are unaware of the previously mentioned requirement (that you come to the fraternity 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 any Mason to satisfy yourself concerning what Freemasonry is all about. You can also contact your nearest lodge and ask to speak with someone concerning the fraternity: Contact Us. As Freemasons, we believe that membership in an organization as worthy as ours must come from your "sincere wish of being serviceable to your fellow creatures" and not because of coaxing, coercion, or the promise of any material gain of any kind.
The three degrees of "Craft" or "Blue Lodge" Freemasonry are these:
Our Fraternity’s private nature sometimes creates the misconceptions about our “initiation ceremonies.” Rest assured that we are a moral and upstanding institution whose tenets are Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love. Masonry teaches us to practice charity and benevolence, and to revere ordinances of - but not replace- a man’s religion. Quite simply, our Fraternity exists to "make good men better".
It is our sincere hope that you’ll consider becoming a Pennsylvania Free and Accepted Mason and sharing the feeling of friendship and Brotherly love that Freemasons have enjoyed from time immemorial.
Download the PDF version of our "Petition for Membership" and bring it to the attention of any existing member, or you may deliver it directly to "Williamson Lodge, No 309, F.&A.M." located at 210 Manor Ave. in Downingtown, PA 19335.
Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attentions and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances require.
The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancor of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason. [- Benjamin Franklin]