What Is A Mason?

You may hear from time to time……

  • “I think my grandfather was one, but I’m not sure what it means.”
  • “Yeah, my dad and uncle both used to go to Masonic meetings—I remember Uncle Fred coming by to pick him up. But I don’t know where they went or what they did.”
  • “I think they wear those funny hats.”
  • “I remember when I went away to college, my father showed me his ring and told me, if I ever needed help, I should look for a man with a ring like that and tell him I was the daughter of a Mason, but he never told me much about it.”
  • So what’s a Mason? That’s not a surprising question. Even though Masons (Freemasons) are members of the largest and oldest fraternity in the world, and even though almost everyone has a father or grandfather or uncle who was a Mason, many people aren’t quite certain just who Masons are.

The answer is simple. A Mason (or Freemason) is a member of a fraternity known as Masonry (or Freemasonry). A fraternity is a group of men (just as a sorority is a group of women) who join together because:

  • There are things they want to do in the world.
  •  There are things they want to do “inside their own minds.”
  • They enjoy being together with men they like and respect.
  • A Mason is a man who has decided that he likes to feel good about himself and others. He cares about the future as well as the past, and does what he can, both alone and with others, to make the future good for everyone.

Excerpted from the booklet “What’s A Mason?” produced by the Masonic Information Center.