Freemasonry is the leading fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, but it was formally organized in London, England, in 1717. Current worldwide membership totals approximately 6 million, 1.1 million of whom are in North America.
Freemasonry is not a religious or political institution but rather a fraternal and charitable organization made up of like-minded men of all political and religious faiths. It teaches self-knowledge and self-improvement through the participation in a progression of ancient ceremonies.
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.