Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organizations. Its roots lie in the traditions, rituals and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. The Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is H.R.H. THE DUKE OF KENT.
Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles:
Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.
Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and giving time and money to charitable ventures.
Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.
Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.
Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.
Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby, having fun.
The journey of a lifetime
Becoming a Freemason is like going on a journey: from joining as an Entered Apprentice, it typically takes from one to three years to become a Master Mason, with each of the three stages marked by a special ceremony.
Any man over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion, although he is expected to have a faith.
In Brazil, in the State of São Paulo, there are eight Lodges under the UGLE banner.
If you don’t know anyone who is a member with whom you can talk and would like to have further information, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.