Freemasonry has a wonderful history, dating back more than three centuries. One of the world's oldest secular fraternities, it is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background, race, faith and differences.
Qualifications for becoming a Freemason are straightforward remembering that Freemasonry is multi-faith. Every applicant, must have a belief in a Supreme Being. Every applicant should be a "mature man" of good character of 21 years and over".
There are many reasons why men become Freemasons.
It varies from man to man; perhaps these reasons could match yours.
You may have heard about Freemasonry and you are intrigued by its history and mysteries.
You have heard about the way in which Freemasonry helps good causes and feel that you would like to part of an organisation which has a strong charity bias.
Society is becoming increasingly 'fractured' therefore you would like to belong to a 'brotherhood' of individuals who help each other and the community.
You would like to meet and share your interests with a group of like minded men.
You would like to meet a broad spectrum of men, from all walks of life, regardless of race or religion, from those that live locally to those from other countries. Mixing with men from different walks of life helps to broaden the mind.
Within Freemasonry the principle of self improvement helps one to become a better person.
The rituals and principles of Freemasonry helps one to become more confident. Networking, learning from peers and mentors, and learning from practising ritual (if you hold office) and after dinner speech-making.
It could be about personal achievement. Freemasonry has a structure whereby you will have certain responsibilities of holding an office and possibly progressing through to Worshipful Master.
You are impressed with the way in which Freemasonry supports the family in times of crisis and widows in time of bereavement.
Why is Freemasonry so special?
With a history dating back more than 3 centuries Freemasonry, has grown into an international organisation known world wide for its strong charitable work.
Every Freemason will recite his personal reasons why it is so important to him.
The only way to find out if it is for you is to become one because there is nothing quite like it in life!
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