How to Become a Freemason

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. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity.

Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider.

VISIT THE LODGE

Drop by the lodge on a Tuesday evening.  There is almost always someone there every Tuesday by about 6:30pm or so.  Get to know to members and let them get to know you

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REQUEST A PETITION

Request a petition from a member of the lodge  Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, ask us for advice

 

SUBMIT YOUR PETITION

Turn in your completed petition to the lodge along with the required fees. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.

Now that the we have your petition, these are the actions that will follow.

THE INVESTIGATION

The Master of the lodge 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.

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THE BALLOT

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.

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