August 3, 2016

What is Freemasonry

Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future. The mission of our several lodges is to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others, is carried out through Masonic principles and tradition.

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. The one essential qualification means that Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and it expects and encourages them to continue to follow their own faith. It is not permitted for Freemasons to discuss religion at Masonic meetings.

As an international organization that actively encourages personal self-development, membership to Freemasonry is open and inclusive to all men who seek to be upstanding citizens in our society regardless of cultural background or faiths. This diversity is Freemasonry’s secret success, providing a forum for men of all faiths to come together. The one requirement that Freemasonry does require is a belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry deems the nature of this belief in a higher power a matter of personal interpretation and thus will never ask you to determine, define or explain it but a fundamental requirement of the Craft is that it consists of men of belief and sound moral character. Membership of Anahuac Lodge No 3 is formed of a wide variety of men of alleges who celebrate their diversity and share a commitment to personal development and to playing a positive role in our community.

Our mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity:
Brotherly love. We value respect, freedom, kindness, tolerance, and our differences – religious, ethnic, cultural, social, generational, and educational – and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodges, and in the global community. Relief. We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole. We provide relief through philanthropy, community involvement, and delivery of excellent care.

Truth. We stay true to our personal code of conduct and ethics – honor, integrity, personal responsibility, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Masons do not solicit membership into their Fraternity. To be a Mason, you must ask a Mason. It is that simple. Once you ask the question, “What is a Freemason?” or “How do I become a Mason?” the process is started. The basic process of becoming a Mason and the basic tenets of Freemasonry will be explained to you.