Frequently Asked Questions

"What is Freemasonry?"

The short answer? A fraternity of men, ages 21 and older, who help each other become better men, help their communities, and enjoy fellowship with their Brethren.
The long answer? Well, it's all of that, and so much more. Freemasonry is a chance to make a difference in your own life, and in the lives of others. Through the Lodges, as well as the apendent bodies, Freemasons serve the world and allow themselves to become better for it. It's not an end-all-be-all answer to all of life's problems, but it's a place and a family where you can receive support for finding those answers. But ultimately, you get out of Freemasonry what you put into it. If you're willing to do the work, with the support of your Lodge, you can do nearly anything. You can learn all kinds of fascinating information and stories, and you can get in touch with some amazing history and traditions, while being connected to a global network of brotherhood.

"How do I join?"

There's a very common saying in Freemasonry: "To be one, ask one". Quite simply, if you know someone who is a Mason, ask him for a petition. If you're trying to join a Lodge in Pennsylvania, you or your friend can get a copy of a petition on this very website, under the Resources tab above.
If you don't personally know a Mason, don't worry! Just contact our Lodge Secretary (see the contact section on the right-hand side of this page). The Secretary will be more than happy to help you get in touch with the most convenient Lodge for you!

"Aren't Freemasons trying to take over the world?"

Nope! Trust us, running just one Lodge is more than enough!
Joking aside, this is a common misconception. In decades past, people came to this conclusion because of the large number of Masons in positions of government or influence. For example, 8 of the 56 signers of the US Declaration of Independence were Masons. Fifteen American Presidents were Masons. Throughout history, many powerful men were priviliged to be members of this Fraternity, and while we share traditions, history, and brotherhood with these men, there's nothing in any part of Freemasonry even remotely close to plans for world domination. We'll leave that to the little white cartoon mouse.

"But aren't you part of the Illuminati?"

Also a nope! While Freemasonry has many appendant and associated organizations, such as Scottish Rite, the Tall Cedars, and the Shriners, the Illuminati is not one of these associated orders.

"That's exactly what the Illuminati would say...."

Perhaps! We wouldn't know though, because we're not part of them.

"But aren't you a super secretive organization?"

There's another common saying in Masonry: "We're not a secret organization, we're an organization with secrets."
You're probably wondering, "what kind of fortune-cookie nonsense is that?!?" Well, put simply, we're not a secret order. The public knows we exist. We don't hide that we're Masons; in fact, we're proud to say we belong! That said, we do have some secrets that only members are privy to. This is not to deceive the public; far from it. Instead, it's our way of keeping in touch with our history and traditions, as well as establishing ways for Masons to identify each other.

"What if I have other questions?"

Hopefully you do! Our goal is to generate interest, spread the word, and grow as an organization. If you have any questions you'd like answered, or you're looking for more information, please reach out to the Lodge Secretary (again, see the Contact section on the right-hand side) and he'll be glad to assist you!