What is the purpose of Freemasonry?
Freemasonry has been presented to us with many definitions of purpose but perhaps the best of these is "Masonry is the activity of closely united men who employing symbolical forms borrowed principally for the Mason's trade and from architecture, work for the welfare of mankind, striving morally to ennoble themselves and others, and thereby to bring about the league of mankind." It has often been expressed as "The world's most purposeful fraternity."
Is Freemasonry a Religion?
Masonry is not a religion but it is highly religious. Meetings are opened and closed with prayer and the Book of the Law for the region concerned is open upon its Altar. It urges its members to support church activities but establishes no preference for any sectarian group. It does not endeavor to influence the right of individual freedom in the expression of religious thought. We repeat - it is not a religion neither is it an atheistic society.
Freemasonry in Florida and Abroad
There are some 321 Masonic Lodges in Florida, with approximately 76,000 Master Masons holding membership therein. There are more than 5 million Master Masons throughout the world, with some 2.6 million holding membership in lodges in the United States. Freemasonry is, therefore, not only the oldest but also the largest fraternity in the world.