"Freemasonry, a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols; the most ancient society in the world. Its principles are based on pure morality, its ethics the ethics of pure religion, its doctrines the doctrines of brotherly love, and its sentiments the sentiments of exalted benevolence. It encourages all that is good, kind and charitable and reproves all that is vicious cruel and oppressive."

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions which are based on the belief in one God.