Freemasonry

I'm a Mason.

I come from a long line of Masons -- my father, my grandfather, and my great-grandfather. My great-grandfather was a member of Union Lodge #31 in New London, CT. My grandfather, along with my great-grandfather, were charter members of Bayview Lodge #120 in Niantic, CT. My father was raised in St. John's Lodge #4 in Hartford, and is now a member of Friendship-Tuscan #145 in Manchester. Me? I was raised in Level Lodge #137 in West Hartford, CT, which later merged and became Sequin-Level #140 in Newington. I also belong to Wyllys-St. John's #4 in West Hartford, CT.

I belong to the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, as well as the York Rite.

Why?

Family Tradition, for starters. And for all the reasons in the following paragraphs....

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest fraternities. Cherishing the virtues of friendship, morality and brotherly love, the fraternity strives to make good men better. Espousing tolerance for all mankind, the fraternity, while not a religion, believes in the Fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of Man.

Open to all men aged 21 years or older, and, now, 18 years and older in some jurisdictions, who profess a belief in a Supreme Being, the fraternity offers many opportunities to forge new friendships, serve the community, and enjoy fellowship with like-minded men from all walks of life.

Through the ages, many rumors and innuendoes have swirled about the fraternity. An excellent article, by Art de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris, entitled "Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry?" dispells many of the common arguments that Freemasonry is a religion, a cult, an occult practice, or other such silliness.

These pages on my site will provide a look into the various parts of Freemasonry in which I participate. Blue Lodge masonry, sometimes called Craft masonry, confers the three degrees of Masonry -- the Entered Apprentice, the Fellowcraft and the Master Mason degrees. The Appendant Bodies of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, or the York Rite, allow a man to experience and be exposed to other moral lessons through additional degrees, although there is no masonic "rank" higher than that of Master Mason.