What is Freemasonry
Freemasonry is the leading fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, but it formally organized in London, England, in 1717. Current worldwide membership totals approximately 6 million, 1.1 million of whom are in North America.
Freemasonry is not a religious or political institution but rather a fraternal and charitable organization made up of like-minded men of all political and religious faiths. It teaches self-knowledge and self-improvement though the participation in a progression of ancient ceremonies.
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Virtue: We pride ourselves on our high moral standards and treat everything in our lives with kindness and fairness
Honour: We pride ourselves on openness, honesty, the quality of doing what is morally right and about what being a Freemason means for us.
Mercy: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them. Although our families always come first, as Freemasons, we also takepride in giving our time and money to charitable organizations in the community.
Our Humble beginings
In 1858 a veritable city of shacks clustered about the big fort of the Hudson's Bay Company on the southern end of Vancouver Island. There it had grown up almost in a single night, as did Jonah's gourd. It already had a little weekly newspaper, however, and in the issue of July 10 the following item appeared: The members of the Ancient Order of F. & A. Masons in good standing are invited to meet on Monday July i2.th at 7 O'Clock P.m., in Southgate & Mitchell's new store, upstairs. The object of the meeting is to consider matters connected with the permanent interests of the order in Victoria.
Our plans for the future!
The new Masonic Centre will include a new four-storey building with extensive space for banquet and ceremonial events, including a ballroom for up to 300 people and large covered outdoor patio on the fourth floor with panoramic views of the downtown skyline and North Shore mountains.
Our current Masonic Centre building was built in 1973 and is perhaps best known as a longtime location for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. It joins a growing number of organizations that are taking advantage of their real estate to revitalize their facilities, with new housing funding the projects.