Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Mason?
A: A Mason  (or Freemason) is a member of a fraternity known as Masonry (or Freemasonry). A fraternity is a group of men (just as a sorority is a group of women) who  join together because there are things they want to learn and do in the world. And they want to expand their friendships and have fun with other good men in Minnesota.

Q: What’s Masonry?
A: Masonry (or Freemasonry) is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Probably it arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. In 1717, Masonry created an organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed.

Q: Why is Masonry so “secretive”?
A: It really isn’t “secretive,” although it sometimes has that reputation. Masons certainly don’t make a secret of the fact that they are members of a fraternity. As in any Fraternity or Sorority, there are ways in which a man can identify himself as a Mason— grips and passwords. We keep these private for obvious reasons.

Q: Is Masonry a religion?
A: The answer to that question is simple. No.

That does not mean that religion plays no part in Masonry-it plays a very important part. A Masonic Bible is the same book as the anyone thinks of as a Bible (usually King James translation) with a special page in front on which to write the recipients name.