What do you want? Why are you here?

Bro. R. J. Hughes

Growing up, I was asked these questions more than a few times, occasionally due to mischievous motives. We have all been drawn by curiosity to places where a residing “gatekeeper” asks us, “what do you want, why are you here?”

I have been a Mason for a brief time at the writing of this article, a little over two years, and I cannot recall ever being asked what I want or why I am here.

During the petitioning process we frequently ask the petitioner what he desires to accomplish by committing to join the oldest Fraternity in the world. We inquire about motives, dreams, aspirations…but after he is brought to true Masonic light and gains a better understanding of our beloved craft, do we ever ask him those questions again?

What do you want? Why are you here?

These questions must not be asked in a derogatory manner, but with a genuine curiosity as to what your Brother craves in his Masonic Journey. What is his perceived purpose within the lodge? What is the purpose of the lodge within his life and family?

We are taught in our several stations of life, outside of lodge, to set goals and achieve them. How often do we do this in lodge, either as an individual or an entire lodge? To accomplish something profound we must first choose a direction, a heading, to travel toward. To discover what that direction might be, we must first ask ourselves:

What do we want? Why are we here?

Bro. R. J. Hughes is a member of Armstrong Lodge #239 in Freeport, PA where he will assume the roll of Senior Warden on St. John’s Day next. He is also a Royal Arch Mason in Orient R.A.C. #247. He can be contacted at rjhughesiii@gmail.com 

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  1. Well written Brother. I was thinking along those same lines recently myself. As incoming Master of Armstrong Lodge I too am curious as to what our members want/need from Freemasonry. My goal for this year is to delve into this area and see if we can find answers.
    Freemasonry is a fraternal organization, but we must be about more than food and talk. For our organization to thrive we must be able to reach out to our Brothers and create and build upon the bond that we promised during our initiation process.

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    1. Recruitment and Retention. Bring new brothers in and make sure the ones you have are paying their dues. Monetary retention. We often forget to focus on the man himself and retaining his focus on the fraternity.

      Bro. R. J.

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  2. We have conducted surveys with minimal response. After having some newly raised Brothers ask…what’s next, we began monthly programs to answer the question. Each month we discuss a Masonic topic, be it history, deeper meaning, or what we each have gotten or desire from the fraternity. these have been well received and our younger members have begun to suggest and present topics. We have to think, reflect and listen in order to grow. As an older PM and Secretary, my job is to support our new WM’s ideas…not say “we’ve never done that before” or “back when I was Master”. We must change or die.

    Bro. R. D. M.district 36

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    1. Excellent points Brother! That’s amazing that you have a success story like that. It’s good to see the younger members doing the research and presenting the topics. We want to stay away from the same people giving all the education…part of the learning process should be these new members doing the research and presenting it. The best way to learn is to teach! Thank you for sharing Brother!

      Bro. R. J.

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