Broad Ripple Lodge is over 100 years old! Read about our history- where our lodge used to be located, and how it’s changed over time.read more
Thinking of joining the fraternity? Come visit with us, hang out a few times, get to know us and our lodge. Then download and fill out a petition.read more
New to Freemasons and want to learn more? We've complied a short list of questions many new visitors have- and encourage you to read through them.read more
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|Broad Ripple Lodge No. 643, F&AM
|1716 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides. The lessons Freemasonry teaches in its ceremonies acknowledge, without in any way crossing the boundaries of religion, that everything depends on the providence of God.
It encourages good citizenship and political expression, but is not a political organization. Its charitable activities are manifold, yet it is not a welfare or benefit organization.
Freemasonry is kindness in the home; honesty in business; courtesy to others; dependability in one’s work; compassion for the unfortunate; resistance to evil; help for the weak; concern for good government; support for public education; and above all, a reverence for God and love of fellow Man.
Who can become a Mason?
Twenty-two words establish the most important prerequisite to becoming a Mason.
“…We receive none knowingly into our ranks who are not moral and upright before God and of good repute before the world…”
Under Indiana Masonic Law, a person seeking admission must be a man, at least 18 years of age and a resident of Indiana for at least six months immediately prior to petitioning. He must profess his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, by whatever name He may be known. Membership in the Fraternity must be of one’s own free will and accord.
As Freemasons, we believe that membership in an organization as worthy as ours must come from a sincere wish of being serviceable to your fellow creatures, and not because of any coercement, or of any promise of material gain of any kind.
How do I become a Mason?
You must ask to become a Freemason. While it is no longer forbidden in some jurisdictions (including Indiana) to ask a man if he would like to become a Freemason, typically you will not be asked to join.
The Freemasons of Broad Ripple Lodge are committed to building our characters and strengthening our resolve to become good men through brotherhood.
To help our community and our neighbors, and each other.
We are men from every social status and level in society.
Our common bond is our love for this ancient Fraternity and our shared experiences within its Lodges.