Masons aren’t going to ask you to join. One of the fraternity’s oldest tenets is that a man must ask “of his own free will and accord”, due to this rule, you are probably asking yourself about the process to do so; hence, in this section, we are going to show you the two common ways to join us.
The easiest way for joining is asking a Mason you know for membership; after you had made this question, your admission process will start. The Mason who receives your petition will process it according to his regulations and guide you through the entire process until you receive a proper reply to your application.
If you do not know any Mason to ask, you can go and find a lodge instead. Many regular lodges have dedicated spaces on their websites where you can apply for membership. If you are interested in joining the Most Worshipful York Grand Lodge of Mexico F.&A.M. we will explain to you this process below.
In both processes, there are some ordinary steps you have to bear in mind, here we are going to explain the accepted stages in our jurisdiction.
The first step embraces two phases; On one hand, you will need to find the most suitable lodge for you; on the other hand, when you decide on the lodge you want to join, you will be required to fill out a standard questionnaire.
Answer all the questions completely and truthfully, this allows us to get in touch with you in order to help you to move forward with your application.
York Grand Lodge of Mexico F.&A.M. has lodges in the largest cities of Mexico.
In our jurisdiction, the most common method of investigation is by an investigative committee. The investigative committee is the eyes and ears of the lodge. Because not every lodge member can meet with you, the committee does, and it issues a report. The committee may meet you at the lodge, at a local restaurant, or even in your home, depending on the lodge’s customs. The committee members may meet you as a group or one-on-one. Some may even telephone you for their part of the investigation.
Meeting with the investigative committee is sort of like sitting through a job interview. Use the investigation as an opportunity to get any of your questions answered, in addition to answering the questions they have.
The investigation and interview process can vary widely. Some lodges require the petitioner to write an essay explaining why he wants to join. Some post the petition and a photo of the petitioner in the lodge hall for a period of time and allow any Mason who knows anything about him to come forth and report.
After the investigative committee reports to the lodge, your petition is voted on. The election (or rejection) of a candidate in a Masonic lodge is a secret ballot, and with few exceptions, must be completely unanimous. One vote against the petitioner generally rejects him.
If a lodge rejects a petitioner, most Grand Lodges have rules that require a waiting period before he can petition that lodge again or try to petition another one. This period is usually one year. In our jurisdiction, a membership committee will determine if you can apply latter or not.
After you’re elected to receive the degrees of Masonry, the only thing left is for the lodge to schedule your degree ceremonies. Depending on the state or country you’re in and the customs of your individual lodge, you may have some options concerning your degree conferral.