Joining the fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. By our ancient custom, no Mason ever ask a man to join our fraternity, it must first be initiated by the petitioner’s or candidate’s request. You do not need to have a relative or a friend who is a Mason; be of good character and have the desire to be a better man.
Below are the general steps that someone considering membership should follow. Freedom Lodge welcomes your interest and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Lodges will likely have their own procedures, but this will help you get started and give you a better understanding of the process.
Ask for Information
If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. If you don’t know a Mason, you can use the Lodge Locator to find a lodge near you and contact them. You can also use the “Contact Us” feature on our website.
Visit the Lodge
Try to find out if there is a good time for you to visit the lodge. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, they’ll be happy to see you. Most lodges have dinner before their regular stated meetings (meetings usually occur monthly) and guests are always welcome. In many areas more than one lodge may exist. In Houston, there are total of 32 Masonic Lodges. Visit as many as you can, get a feeling for the lodges you visit and pick the best for you. Each lodge has it’s own set amount for their annual dues and you should ask what that is. The annual dues for Freedom Lodge is $125.
Request a Petition
Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. You can also find a PDF version of the petition here. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, ask the lodge you’re petitioning for advice.
Submit Your Petition
Turn in your completed petition to the lodge you would like to join. Ask if there are any fees that need to accompany the petition. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.
Now that the lodge has your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take:
The Master of the lodge you submitted your petition to will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect…we don’t expect petitioners to be perfect, either.
Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.
After the Ballot
Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions. If the result was favorable, an appointment will be set for you to come to the lodge for instruction and to receive your first degree, that of Entered Apprentice. The standard degree fee of $140 will be collected before the ceremony. If unfavorable, the degree fee will be returned to the candidate by the Lodge Secretary.