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WHY YOUR FRIEND ASKED YOU TO READ THIS

Your friend is proud of Freemasonry and the fine character of its members. He believes that you have the qualities for Membership and that you deserve the opportunity to know more about it.  The following will explain what Freemasonry is, who Freemasons are, what they believe in and what they do.

WHAT FREEMASONRY IS

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum for nor a place of worship. Instead, it brings together men from all religions that are based on the belief in one God.

WHO FREEMASONS ARE

Many of our nation’s early patriots were Freemasons, as well as thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States, beginning with George Washington.

Today, the more than four million freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God. One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been: how so many men, from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, without political or religious debate and always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship; and find pleasure in calling each other “Brother!”.

WHAT FREEMASONS BELIEVE IN

All Freemasons believe in one God and in respect for each other.

WHAT FREEMASONS DO

Freemasons are respectable citizens who are taught to conform to the moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under which they live. They are men committed to charity and good works. They remain unchallenged as eager participants in “the world’s greatest philanthropy!” The Freemasons of America contribute more than 1.5 million dollars every day to charitable causes which they, alone, have established. These services to mankind represent an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment and concern of this unique and honorable Fraternity.

QUALIFICATIONS

Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of “making good men better.” Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are favorably considered for Membership. Every
applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.

THOSE WHO SEEK MEMBERSHIP

Anyone seeking Membership in Freemasonry >MUST ASK< a member of a Masonic Lodge or a Mason to recommend him.He must sign a Petition, stating his age, occupation and place of residence. Members of the Lodge will visit with him to help understand the step he is about to take and then the members vote by secret ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.

THE MASONIC LODGE

The Masonic Lodge usually meets one evening per month to conduct its regular business and vote upon petitions for Membership. It is in these lodge meetings where the bonds of friendship and fellowship are strengthened.

Hey, have you heard that you don't need to be a Mason to come along to our social events? It's true! Whether you're curious about Masonry or considering becoming a member, you're more than welcome to join us for any of our social nights or meeting dinners  run from 6pm to 7pm before our Thursday meetings at the lodge). We've got a fantastic group of Masons who would love to get to know you! There's no need to let us know in advance, but if you want to RSVP, just drop a note to our lodge Secretary via our lodge contact form.

To see when our next lodge social is, check out our lodge calendar (aka "Trestle Board") to see our activity schedule.

From Stone to Digital: The Timeless Heart of Masonry

From Stone to Digital: The Timeless Heart of Masonry

While the face of Masonry may change over time, its heart remains steadfast. The future may bring smaller lodges, digital gatherings, or new interpretations of ancient rituals, but the essence of brotherhood and the pursuit of wisdom will never fade. The Masonic journey is not about the size of the lodge or the secrecy of its rituals; it’s about the quality of the bonds formed and the impact made in our communities. In this way, Masonry remains as relevant as ever.​

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Carmel Lodge #421

Carmel Masonic Lodge #421 has a reputation as an open, welcoming Masonic lodge. We continue to attract both new members and transfers. Many lodge members, who haven’t been regularly attending lodge, find the friendly and active atmosphere at “421” results in a desire to attend more often, get more involved in degree work, or simply come out and join us at the next fun social.

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Brian Ross
Brian Ross
23:44 05 May 18
Fun group of people to hang out with.
John Crow Dog
John Crow Dog
12:50 08 Aug 18
Wonderful Brotherhood the camaraderie is top-tier
Dave Philpott
Dave Philpott
16:46 09 Apr 24
Masonry seeks to "make good men better." Carmel Masonic Lodge #421 is an excellent representation of what Masonry is all about. If you are interested in joining the Masons, you should ask a Mason about becoming a Mason. Potential members are... required to be male, at least 18 years of age, hold a belief in God, are of good moral character, and have resided in Indiana for at least 6 months. Check? Then you petition (via a member) and then can discover all the "secrets" of Masonry, make a ton of new friends, have a lot of fun, and do some good works for your fraternal brothers and the community!read more
Ron de Leon
Ron de Leon
01:56 15 Feb 24
Their pancake breakfast is top-notch and well worth the price. Lots of good men in the lodge.
Cesar Garcia Gamarra
Cesar Garcia Gamarra
21:46 18 Mar 24
An amazing brotherhood. A lot of solidarity and good vibes. In addition to a delicious breakfast on the second Saturday of each month.
David Bowers
David Bowers
15:51 27 Mar 24
I love their monthly pancake breakfast! Food is great, the facility is nice & clean & the people are great! Value is outstanding too,
Matt Lackner
Matt Lackner
12:52 02 Oct 20
Nice building and warmly welcomed by my brothers there. Happy that I could help our brothers welcome some friends into our fraternity.
Guilherme Salomé
Guilherme Salomé
23:28 14 Mar 24
Great Masonic Lodge to be a part of. Lots of great people and community activities. Highly recommend the pancake breakfast, a favorite activity for my kids.
Michael Langdon
Michael Langdon
22:29 10 Sep 22
Very good food for breakfast, on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 7-10:30
Nathan Weaver
Nathan Weaver
17:10 08 Jul 17
How do I join
Jeff Conrad
Jeff Conrad
18:18 11 Apr 22
An excellent group of people! Welcoming, fun and civic-minded.
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