Freema­sonry is the old­est, largest and most widely rec­og­nized fra­ter­nal orga­ni­za­tion in the world. Founded in Lon­don, Eng­land in 1717, its cur­rent world­wide mem­ber­ship totals 3.6 mil­lion mem­bers, 1.6 mil­lion of which are in North Amer­ica. Louisiana has approx­i­amtely 20,000 active Masons and 252 local Lodges.

As a fra­ter­nal orga­ni­za­tion, Freema­sonry unites men of good char­ac­ter who, though of dif­fer­ent reli­gious, eth­nic, or social back­grounds, share a belief in the father­hood of God and the broth­er­hood of mankind.

The tra­di­tions of Freema­sonry are founded upon the build­ing of King Solomon’s Tem­ple, and its fra­ter­nal cer­e­monies use the work­ing tools of the stone­ma­sons to sym­bol­ize moral lessons and truths. For exam­ple, Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equal­ity, act by the plumb of upright­ness, and part upon the square of virtue.”

Like most orga­ni­za­tions, one will get out of Freema­sonry what he is able to put into it. How­ever, mem­ber­ship in Freema­sonry is not meant in any way to inter­fere with an individual’s com­mit­ment to his faith, fam­ily, or occu­pa­tion. Freema­sonry is not and never can be a replace­ment for these impor­tant insti­tu­tions, but rather it is a pos­i­tive envi­ron­ment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his com­mu­nity, his fam­ily and himself.

Freema­sonry pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties for sin­cere, hon­est, forth­right men who believe in God and desire to con­tribute to the improve­ment of their com­mu­ni­ties and them­selves. Through our Masonic Fra­ter­nal­ism, we reaf­firm our ded­i­ca­tion and unity to become involved cit­i­zens who have a strong desire to pre­serve the val­ues that have made and con­tinue to make Amer­ica great.