Many ask how to become a Freemason?

The short answer is that you must find a Mason and ask for a petition to join. Most lodges do not recruit members, as those who find the way to us on their own tend to be better candidates for membership.

Some basic requirements are that you must be a man, 18 years of age or over, have lived in Illinois for at least 6 months, be able to read and write English, and believe in a supreme deity.

Lodges in Illinois have concurrent jurisdiction, which means that you are not required to petition any particular lodge, such as the one in your town. You might choose to join a lodge near your place of business or where you have friends or a family connection.

There is no particular religious requirement to become a Freemason, but we do not admit atheists and you must have a belief in a supreme deity.

Once you acquire a petition, you will have to gather the signatures of three masons who recommend you for membership. Please click here to see what information is required on a petition. There is a fee to join, which must be submitted with your petition.

After your petition is accepted, an investigation committee will be appointed to examine you. The committee will report back to the lodge and a vote will be taken. Should you be accepted as a candidate for degrees, you would be provided more information at that time by your Intender, who will be assigned to you by the Worshipful Master of the lodge and will serve as your mentor.

You will be required to learn ritual and other work associated with your candidacy. This means that some memorization and studying will be required to complete your path to membership.

Members of lodges are expected to attend monthly meetings when work or family commitments do not interfere, and to assist with the various tasks involved in the upkeep of a lodge. You may also be called to attend a special meeting or assist the lodge in ritual work so that others may become members. We generally say that you get as much out of your membership in lodge as you put into it. If you rarely attend, you will probably not find it worthwhile.