You don’t have to be invited to join!
Below is a very high level overview of how to become a Mason. For more detailed information and to file an online petition, please go to the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge’s website: http://pamasons.org/join/
Becoming a Mason is much easier than you think. While the process is steeped in tradition, it is not as difficult or “mysterious” as one would believe. Not to over-simplify it, but all you need to do is just ‘ask’ to get the ball rolling.
The first step is to introduce yourself to members of the Lodge. If you know a current Mason, he can assist you with this. If not, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to come up with a time to meet. Typically, you can meet with the brothers at either a community event we are participating in or before a stated meeting on the first Saturday of the month.
Next, you will formally file a petition to be considered for membership. The petition is a form you will fill out with basic information about yourself. The petition must be signed by two active members who will vouch for your character.
Once the petition is submitted, the Lodge will send an Investigation Committee to meet with you, and if applicable, your spouse. This is an opportunity for the Lodge to learn more about you and your reasons for joining. It is also an opportunity for you to ask additional questions about the Lodge and Freemasonry as a whole.
The Investigation Committee will then report back to the Lodge and at the next Stated Meeting, a vote will take place to accept you as a candidate for initiation. If you’re accepted as a candidate, you will then be contacted for initiation into the first degree of three degrees.
After initiation, you will then go through a month of practice and education in between being raised to the second and then the third degree.
While it’s a simple process, it is a long one. Once you file your petition, it will take about 4 to 5 months to be raised to your third degree.