Masonry is the world's first and largest fraternal organization, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future.
The mission of the Masons of California, to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others, is carried out through Masonic principles and tradition. Our mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity:
- Brotherly love. We value respect, freedom, kindness, tolerance, and our differences - religious, ethnic, cultural, social, generational, and educational - and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodges, and in the global community.
- Relief. We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole. We provide relief through philanthropy, community involvement, and delivery of excellent care.
- Truth. We stay true to our personal code of conduct and ethics - honor, integrity, personal responsibility, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.
About our members
With more than 60,000 members, Masonry in our state represents the entire spectrum of diversity. Masons believe in the importance of religion; men of all faiths are members of the organization.
Membership in California Masonry is growing and getting younger. The fastest growing segment of our membership is 18-30 year olds. About 2,000 men are initiated each year; their average age is 39.
Masonry is a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other. We develop lifelong friendships with fellow Masons and their families, and are welcomed at Masonic lodges throughout the United States and the world.
The satisfaction of being part of a centuries-old fraternity whose traditions and core values are relevant today, and will endure for centuries to come, is important to California Masons.
Freemason Lodges at the San Jose Masonic Center
Established in August of 1850, San Jose Lodge no.10 is one of the oldest lodges in the state of California. The lodge has a rich history in it's membership and it's participation in building the San Jose community during one of the most exciting times in California history.
San Jose Lodge no.10 meets on Monday evenings.
Friendship Lodge no.210 - As Masons, we lead by example, give back to our communities, and support numerous Masonic philanthropies. We invest in children, our neighborhoods, and our future. Friendship Lodge strives to be recognized and respected as a progressive Masonic lodge of California.
Friendship Lodge no.210 meets on Thursday evenings.
Willow Glen - Fraternity Lodge no.399 is a well established lodge that houses twice the rich history by being the result of two lodges coming together to form a common lodge.
Willow Glen - Fraternity Lodge no.399 meets on Wednesday evenings.
Golden Rule Lodge no.479 - On Thursday Jan. 28th, 1920, 25 Master Masons gathered in the Masonic Temple located at 272 South First Street, San Jose, California for the purpose of taking the preliminary steps to establish a new Masonic Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the jurisdiction of California.
Golden Rule Lodge no.479 meets on Monday evenings.