The world's oldest and largest fraternal organization.
Is Masonry a secret society?
Shriners operate the largest network of hospitals in North America for burned and orthopaedically impaired children, free of charge. The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a network of some 150 Childhood Language Disorder Clinics, Centres, and Programs.
Other members of the Masonic Family sponsor a variety of philanthropies, including scholarship and bursary programs. Masons perform a variety of public service activities in their community.
The Masonic Family
The foundation of the Masonic Family is the Masonic Lodge. It is here that Masonry teaches its lessons.
In Ontario, there are approximately 64,000 Masons, belonging to some 630 Lodges, in 46 Districts, governed by a Grand Lodge, having its headquarters in Hamilton.
All applicants must come of their own free will. They must ask a Mason about joining.
TO BE ONE -ASK ONE
There is no higher degree in Freemasonry than that of Master Mason. When a man has achieved that status he can broaden his Masonic horizons by participation in other branches of the Masonic Family, such as; Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Shrine.