Petition to Join

A Candidate becomes a Mason through initiation rituals which involves the progressive conferral of three degrees:
1st Degree,Entered Apprentice; 2nd Degree, Fellowcraft; 3rd Degree, Master Mason

A Candidate for the Degrees of Freemasonry must be:

  • Male
  • At least 18 Years of Age
  • Able to Profess a Belief in God
  • Of Good Character
  • A resident of New Mexico for the six months immediately preceding his petition

The process for seeking membership in Masonry is typically as follows:

  1. The applicant fills out a petition. The petition asks for two sponsors, though if you meet and talk with the officers of a Lodge, they can usually find sponsors or act as sponsors themselves if you do not know anyone in the lodge.
  2. The petition is read at the Lodge during the next business meeting. A committee is formed to investigate the candidate. (Your sponsors will explain the schedule to you based on their knowledge of the Lodge’s meetings/events.)
  3. The committee meets with the candidate to answer questions, ascertain that he meets the criteria for membership, and find out a little about him. The committee also contacts the character references listed on the petition (typically asking if they know any reason why the candidate should not be accepted, etc.)
  4. The committee reports back to the lodge during the next business meeting. After 30 days has passed, the candidate is voted on. If accepted, someone from the lodge (often the Secretary) contacts the candidate and informs him that he has been accepted and schedules a date for the (first) Entered Apprentice degree.

If you are interested in Masonry, don’t wait to be invited; by ancient custom of our Order, a man must seek to become a Mason on his own. Therefore, if you are interested in becoming a Mason, you can ask a Mason you know about membership. If you don’t know a Mason, you are also welcome to come and meet us! Just let us know that you’ll be joining us for dinner before our monthly communications.

The “Petition for the Degrees” can be accessed here (PDF).