Start Your Journey

Joining the fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity.

Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider.

ASK FOR INFORMATION

If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. If you don’t know a Mason, you can use the "START YOUR JOURNEY" feature on our website by using the link or completing the embedded form below.

VISIT THE LODGE

Try to find out if there is a good time for you to visit the lodge. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, they’ll be happy to see you. Our lodge has dinner before our regular stated meetings (2nd Tuesday of each month) and guests are almost always welcome.

REQUEST A PETITION

Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. You can also find a PDF version of the petition here. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, ask members of our lodge during a visit for advice.

SUBMIT YOUR PETITION

Turn in your completed petition to our Lodge. Ask if there are any fees that need to accompany the petition. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.

Now that the lodge has your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take:

THE INVESTIGATION

The Master of the lodge you submitted your petition to will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect…we don’t expect petitioners to be perfect, either.

THE BALLOT

Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.

AFTER THE BALLOT

Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.