Joining the Shriners
How do I join the Shriners?
There are over 400,000 Shriners Worldwide
There are over 411,000 Shriners worldwide. In order to become a Shriner, a man must first be a Mason. The fraternity of Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. It dates back hundreds of years to the time when stonemasons and other craftsmen gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Over the years, formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own desire to be fraternal brothers.
The basic unit of Masonry is the Blue Lodge, where members earn the first three Masonic Degrees known as the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. There is no higher degree than that of Master Mason (the Third Degree) In Kentucky, the following criteria must be met in order to receive the Three Degrees of Freemasonry; a man, of legal age (at least 18 in Kentucky) and believe in God, for no atheist can become a Mason.
After he becomes a Master Mason, he can belong to many other organizations which have their roots in Masonry and which have Blue Lodge Masonry as a prerequisite. Only when a man has achieved the status of Master Mason can he petition to become a Noble of the Shrine of North America.
If you are NOT a Mason and are a male at least 18 years of age, believe in God and wish to join Freemasonry, please complete the application here and submit it us at Kosair Shrine, or to the local lodge that you desire to join:
If you are already a Mason in good standing and reside in Kentucky, you can download an application in PDF format (Located below, opens in a new window) for membership. If you already know a Shriner, you can give him the application once you complete it or if you wish, you can contact our office for more information.
"The more I come in contact with the work of the Masonic Fraternity the more impressed I am by the great charitable work and the great practical good which we are carrying out."
Franklin D. Roosevelt