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Freemasons' Lodge
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Consecrated : 10th March 1902

"From its origin to the present hour, in all its vicissitudes, Masonry has been the steady, unvarying friend of man" - Rev. Erastus Burr

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Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Where do the names Freemasonry, Masonry, and Free and Accepted Masons come from?

     Masons’ name comes from the occupation of their original members – stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals in England and Scotland. The word “free” was added during the Middle Ages. Because stonemasons possessed knowledge and skills not found everywhere, these men had the privilege of travelling between countries. Over time, many men who were not builders were drawn to the practices of Freemasonry. To encourage intellectual diversity, stonemasons began accepting men from other professions into the fraternity. These men were known as “accepted Masons.” This trend continued, and accepted members eventually outnumbered operative members. Today, the names “Freemasonry,” “Masonry,” and “Free and Accepted Masons” are used interchangeably to refer to the fraternity.

2. What is a Lodge?

     Freemasonry began when stonemasons formed local organizations, called lodges, to take care of sick and injured members, as well as the families of those who were killed on the job. The masons also used the lodges as places to meet, plan their work, train new apprentices, and socialize. Today, this term refers both to a unit of Masons and the room or building in which they meet.

3. What is a Grand Lodge?

     A grand lodge is an administrative body that oversees Freemasonry in a specific geographic area, called a jurisdiction.

4. Is Freemasonry only for men?

     While partners and families are often involved, and very important to our organisation, only males can become Freemasons.

5. Why can’t women join Masonry?

     Masonry is a fraternity. The essence of a fraternity is that it is for men, just as a sorority is for women.

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