About Freemasonry

Freemasonry, sometimes referred to more simply as Masonry, is the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is estimated that there are about 5 million members worldwide, with about half of them living right here in the United States. Our Fraternity consists of men from all walks of life who enjoy the fellowship and brotherly love that our Lodges provide. Freemasonry allows men to meet in friendly companionship and provides the opportunity for them to take part in an institution dedicated to morality, charity, and goodwill towards all mankind.

Freemasonry is organized on the basis of Grand Lodges, each sovereign in its own jurisdiction. Here in the United States, each state has its own Grand Lodge that directs masonic activity within that state, in our case it is the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois. While each Grand Lodge governs masonic activity within its area, there is no central worldwide governing authority for Freemasonry in its entirety. There are, however, certain acceptable tradition, practices and standards that must be maintained in order for any Lodge to be recognized and acknowledged as Masonic.

Membership in our Fraternity is open to men of all income levels, race, religion and culture. Here in Illinois, the basic requirements for membership are the following:

  • Be a man, 18 years of age or older.
  • Be able to read and write English.
  • Have resided in the state of Illinois for at least the last six months (unless specially waived).
  • Be of good moral and social character.
  • Believe in a Supreme Deity.

The short paragraphs above are just a concise introduction to Freemasonry. There is a wealth of information about our Fraternity, and a good place to start is with the FAQ section of this site, you can read it by clicking here. You can also visit the site for the Grand Lodge of Illinois by clicking here. They are a great resource for Masonic information about Freemasonry here in Illinois, as well as Freemasonry in general.