Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mount Moriah?
Mount Moriah is a lodge of Free and Accepted Mason.
When was it created?
We were chartered in 1800 by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.
We meet every (but not limited to) first Wednesday of the Month.
Who are the members?
Members are from different professional backgrounds and ethnicities but share an aspiration to become better men.
Where is it located?
Mount Moriah is part of the First Manhattan District in the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
Why does it exist?
We provide a platform for our members to be gentlemen both within and outside our closed doors.
What are Freemasons?
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity. It is comprised of adult men of good character from every country, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, his faith, his country, and his fraternity.
How can I join Freemasonry?
Membership in a Masonic Lodge is open to all men 18 years of age or older — regardless of race, color, or religion. Our membership requirements are very clear:
You must be of good character and reputation. You’ll have to provide evidence of living a positive life through references from at least one Mason and three other people.
You must believe in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. This belief is not prescribed — rather, we encourage you to be steadfast in the faith of your choice.
The First Steps:
If you know a Mason, you can of course ask them how to become part of the fraternity. If you don’t know a Mason, reach out to us at ask@MM20.org — the Brothers will be happy to meet with you for an informational session, and at some point you may be granted the right to petition for membership. Petitions are read in a Lodge meeting and referred to a committee, which may interview you further. Your family is also encouraged to ask any questions that they may have.
After a committee reports its findings to the Lodge, a secret ballot is taken. If the vote is favorable, you’ll be notified and be given a date to receive your first degree.