What is Freemasonry?

The standard answer is that Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, creating bonds between men of all races and creeds around the globe.

In reality, Freemasonry means different things to different people. For some, it’s simply a means of providing fellowship and camaraderie away from bars and nightclubs. For others, it’s a way of amplifying their charitable inclinations to better serve their neighborhoods and communities. And for others, Masonry provides an opportunity to discuss history, philosophy and even esoteric subjects with like-minded individuals. Of course, the average Freemason usually enjoys more than one aspect, which makes the bonds between us even more powerful.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future.

The mission of the Masons of California – to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others – is carried out through Masonic principles and tradition.

Our mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity:

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We value respect, freedom, kindness, tolerance, and our differences – religious, ethnic, cultural, social, generational, and educational – and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodges, and in the global community.

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We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole. We provide relief through philanthropy, community involvement, and delivery of excellent care.

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We stay true to our personal code of conduct and ethics – honor, integrity, personal responsibility – and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.