The right to petition for the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry are rarely denied any man, but this right goes no further than granting the privilege of petitioning, and all who petition are not admitted. The Masonic fraternity wants and welcomes only men of high character and integrity, who should seek admission of their own free will and accord. Should a petitioner be accepted, he gets no more out of Masonry that he puts into it, and for every benefit received a member is expected to render some equivalent.

Are you interested in becoming a Mason? If you are, we hope the information on this page will be a good starting point on your journey.

First of all, you may be wondering what are the membership requirements. They are few and simple:

•   Being a man at least 21 years old

•   Having a belief in a Supreme Being. (No particular religion       or faith is required or excluded All are welcome.)

•  You must be able afford the initiation fees and the annual      dues without causing hardship to yourself or your family.

•  You should be entering Masonry of your own free will and      accord.

If you meet these minimum requirements, please follow the directions listed below.

Please download and print out a copy of our Petition for Membership. You must use this form.


                     Click here to begin the download

          The petition is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

If you don't have Acrobat, you can download a copy for free by clicking on the icon below.


Once the download is complete and you've printed it out, fill out the form and mail it to:


Attn: Secretary

24 N. Franklin Turnpike

Ramsey, NJ 07446



Hawthorne Fortitude Lodge No. 200, F.&A.M.

24 N. Franklin Turnpike Ramsey, NJ 07401

Tel: (201) 934-4020