The applicant must be a man (Freemasonry is a fraternal organization) and be at least 21 years of age. He must be of good moral character and demonstrate responsibility in his family and work. To join a Lodge, a man needs to be sponsored by two Masons who belong to that Lodge. This necessitates a potential candidate’s application and then subsequent investigation by 2 members of the lodge.
The applicant should be financially able to become (and remain) a Mason without it being a burden to himself or to his family.
You will be given a “Letter of Information” which you need to sign. Once signed the Secretary will send you an application form or “Petition,” which needs to be completed by you and signed by two members of the Lodge. If you are interested in becoming a member of Patricia Lodge, and you don’t know any of the members of our Lodge, two members will be appointed.
Once the petition is presented in open Lodge, the Worshipful Master calls an “Investigation Committee” consisting of two or three members who will arrange to meet with you. Though called an “Investigation Committee,” this is really an informal get-together that allows you and your significant other to ask questions about the fraternity, and assure the Lodge that you are eligible to join and haven’t been invited or coerced to join. (They’ll make sure that you’re over the age of 21, ask if you believe in a Supreme Being, ask if you’re economically solvent, and find out why you want to join a Lodge.) It’s an opportunity for you to meet a few more members of our Lodge, and ask some questions. Typically this meeting is held in your home at a time that is convenient for all concerned.
The next step is for the “Investigating Committee” to report their findings at the next Lodge meeting. In response to a positive report, a ballot is held at the same meeting. Given a positive ballot, the Master asks the Secretary to advise you of the same, and ask you to present yourself at the Lodge at a particular date and time.
This date / time is at the call of the Worshipful Master and will be the date of your initiation into the fraternity, and into Patricia Lodge, in particular. A member of Patricia Lodge will contact you before your initiation to prepare you for it.
How Long Will it Take?
A candidate can complete the three degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason) in six or three months respectively but it is common for candidates to take their time and complete the degrees on their schedule.