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Fig. 1 - W.Bro. Kenneth F. Duncan

Freemasonry always welcomes new members. Having said that, it does not actively solicit new members. Freemasons do not approach potential candidates and invite them to became Masons or to join a Masonic Lodge. Potential candidates have to take that initial step for themselves.

The reason for this is fundamental to Masonic philosophy, thought and teachings. Freemasonry stresses freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and the exercise of individual free will. Thus, potential Freemasons have to make the decision to become a Freemason of their own free will, without fear of compulsion. A candidate who is approached and invited to join Freemasonry, or any other particular organization, may feel compelled or obliged to do so; candidates who decide to apply for membership in an organization through the exercise of their own free will are perceived to be free of any such compulsion or obligation. It's that simple.

The basic qualifications for becoming a Freemason are fairly straighforward. In the language of our ritual, which likely originated from a 17th or 18th century revision of a much older oral ritual, a candidate must be "a man, freeborn, of lawful age and coming under the tongue of good report."

This may require some explanation. Yes, a candidate must be male. Freemasonry is an all male organization; it always has been. This is one of the Ancient Landmarks which form the foundation of Freemasonry and that is not going to change. The reference to "freeborn" does not currently mean being born outside slavery or serfdom, although this may be a remnant of feudal origin and it may have meant this several centuries ago; it is now interpreted as having the freedom of choice to make one's own decisions. Similarly, being "of lawful age" means the candidate has the maturity and legal ability to freely make his own informed decisions; the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon currently sets that age as 21. "Coming under the tongue of good report" simply means being of demonstrated good character and reputation.

Fig. 2 W.Bro. Harold F. Prevost

A candidate must also believe in a Supreme Being as Creator and Ruler of the Universe and in the resurrection to a future life after death. Freemasonry emphasizes freedom of religion and religious tolerance. So Freemasonry doesn't care what a candidate's conception of the Supreme Being is, or what religion a candidate professes, but a candidate must profess a belief in a Supreme Being as Creator and Ruler of the Universe. If you are an atheist or an agnostic, then Freemasonry is not for you.

The Grand Lodge of B.C. and Yukon also imposes some other qualifications.

It requires that:


If you meet these qualifications and if, of your own free will, you decide you would like more information on joining Temple Lodge, No.33 , or about Freemasonry in general, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Freemasonry also teaches and encourages the life long pursuit of knowledge. For that reason, Temple Lodge, No.33 encourages potential candidates to do their own research on Freemasonry before making an application to join us. There are some suggested web pages for this research on our Joining Temple Lodge page.

The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon website offers this page on "Becoming A Freemason" and this page on "The Ideal of A Freemason." Both should be informative to anyone curious about Freemasonry.

The Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon website also offers an excellent resource for researching Freemasonry, Masonic history, the qualifications for joining and a variety of other topics related to the Craft. Temple Lodge, No. 33 has also compiled a list of suggested reading material for those interested in Freemasonry. We also have a Masonic Education page on this site which may be useful to prospective candidates as well as Initiated Brethren.

Freemasonry has had, and still has, many critics and detractors. If you are researching Freemasonry you will undoubtedly come across many of these critiques, allegations and accusations that are regularly made against us. The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon website has pages answering, responding to and refuting many of the common criticisms and accusations made against Freemasonry and Freemasons. Here are links to some of these pages: What They Say About Us; Freemasonry and Religion; Responding to the Critics of Freemasonry; Refuting Allegations That Freemasonry Is Paganism; Anti-Masonic Claims Refuted; Public Retraction of Published Statements Claiming Freemasonry Is Satanic;

On a more positive note, here are links to pages on the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon website which may help you toward an understanding of what Freemasonry actually is: The Attraction of Freemasonry; The Ideal of A Freemason; Prominent Freemasons; Appendant and Concordant Bodies;

Here are some other websites you might find interesting: Famous Freemasons (1)(2)(3)(4);

Many Freemasons have been musicians, writers, film makers and artists. For those interested in researching these Brethren, our Temple Lodge website has pages, or is developing pages, on Music By Masons, Books By Masons and Masons In Movies. We also have an Interesting Connections page which lists Masonic connections which members have come across while travelling.

To give you some idea of the influence of local Freemasons on the history of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley, we have included pages on Masonic Mayors of Duncan, Masonic Mayors & Councillors of North Cowichan, Buildings Associated With Freemasons. Temple Lodge Membership Lists Up To 50 Years Ago, Temple Lodge Principal Officers, Freemasons & Other Local Organizations,

For those interested in local history, please check our Lodge Historian page. We encourage you to check out these websites and web pages.

If, after doing this research, you decide you would like to become a Freemason, we encourage you to contact Temple Lodge, No. 33.




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Temple Lodge, No.33 was formed in December 1899 and has a long and honourable history in Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.

Our Lodge History page contains links to a lot of historical information about Temple Lodge and its members.....................



Many historians, geneologists and other researchers visit our site. We have included a lot of information of interest to researchers and will be adding more over time.

Our Lodge History page has links to historical information about Temple Lodge History, our Historic Membership Lists, Principal Officers, the Vancouver Island Masonic History Project and much more.......



The Masonic Temple in Duncan, B.C. was built by Temple Lodge members in 1912 and has been a downtown Duncan landmark ever since.

Here is more information on the Duncan Masonic Temple and its history.....



There are a number of local historic buildings in Duncan, Mill Bay and the Cowichan Valley built by, or for, or otherwise connected to, Temple Lodge, No. 33 members or other Freemasons.

Here are some of them.......



The Vancouver Island Masonic History Project is an ongoing volunteer effort, coordinated by Temple Lodge No. 33, to document the rich heritage of Freemasons and Freemasonry on Vancouver Island.




Here are links to Masonic Event Calendars for Vancouver Island and other areas through British Columbia & Yukon:

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In Masonic Lodges, the Lodge Secretary is responsible for all matters of administration. We have a Lodge Secretary's Page containing contact information and other information about Lodge administration and communications



The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon has an excellent Masonic website, with links to e_Bee (the online Bulletin), Masonic Event Calendars, Masonic History, Answers To Our Critics, Freemasonry In B.C., Masonic Bulletin and much more.........




During research or travels we often come across Interesting Connections to Masons and Freemasonry. Our Interesting Connections Page has Masonic connections uncovered by members of Temple Lodge, No.33, like Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, shown at left.......................



Masonic musicians and composers range from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Howlin' Wolf. Writers include Rudyard Kipling. For music fans and book lovers, here are some links to the works of Masonic musicians, composers, movie makers and writers..............


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