Freemasonry is the oldest and largest
worldwide fraternity dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the
Fatherhood of a Supreme Being (We have members of all faiths).
Although of a religious nature, Freemasonry is not a religion. It
urges its members however, to be faithful and devoted to their own
The organization of Freemasonry is based on a
each sovereign within its own territory.
There is no central authority governing all
However, to be acknowledged by others, accepted traditions, standards
and practices must be maintained.
In our Province the governing body is called
Grand Lodge of
Canada in the Province of Ontario. It
is under the leadership of a Grand Master. He presides over the 57,000
Masons who belong to one or more of the 611 Lodges in our
jurisdiction. Each of the these lodges is under the direction of a
As a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an
opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly companionship. In the
spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral
principles it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is
of a personal nature in its private ceremonies. Its ritual dramatizes
a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self-improvement.
The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the
basic principles of brotherly love, charity and truth which Masons are
encouraged to practice in their daily lives, Charity is tangible way
in which Masons help those whose circumstances in like fairly warrant
The fraternity does not conceal its
existence, purpose, aims or principles. Masonic Halls bearing the
lodge name and emblem are familiar sights in towns and cities
throughout Ontario. Many members proudly wear Masonic insignia on
rings, pins and emblems on their vehicles.