Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A LODGE MEETING?
The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members, is normally in two parts. First, there are normal administrative procedures such as:
• Minutes of the previous meeting
• Proposing and balloting for new members
• Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
• Masonic news and correspondence
• News about charitable work
Second, there are the ceremonies for:
• Admitting new members
• The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers
WHY DO FREEMASONS TAKE OATHS?
ARE FREEMASONS EXPECTED TO GIVE PREFERENCE TO FELLOW MEMBERS?
WHO DO THE MASONIC CHARITIES DONATE TO?
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH RELIGION?
WHY DO SOME CHURCHES NOT LIKE FREEMASONRY?
DOES FREEMASONRY ACCEPT ROMAN CATHOLICS?
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH POLITICS?
IS FREEMASONRY AN INTERNATIONAL ORDER?
ARE THERE WOMEN FREEMASONS?
WHY DO YOU WEAR REGALIA?
HOW MANY FREEMASONS ARE THERE?
There are Grand Lodges in Ireland, which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire, and Scotland which have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members.
Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons.
HOW MANY DEGREES ARE THERE IN FREEMASONRY?
• Entered Apprentice
• Fellow Craft
• Master Mason
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A FREEMASON?
Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.