The Free in Freemasonry

When and where did the word “Freemason” originate? What does it really mean? Presented here are several options to consider.

Master’s Welcome to 2022

Greetings,  My name is Brian Ross and I am the installed Worshipful Master for Broad Ripple Lodge #643. I want to welcome you to our website. I became a member of this lodge in an effort to connect with decent people. You will find good fellowship in our lodge.  We do...
Petition to Join

Petition to Join

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.

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History

History

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.

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Questions

Questions

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...

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Calendar

Calendar

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Broad Ripple Lodge No. 643, F&AM
317-255-1664
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.

Stated Meetings

Stated Meetings

Broad Ripple Lodge holds it's Stated Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Dinners are served at 6:30, and our meetings start at 7:30. For 2022, the stated meeting dates include: January 13th February 10th March 10th April 14th May 12th June 9th July 14th...

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Broad Ripple Lodge #643 is one of the youngest and most active Lodges in the Indianapolis area. Our officer line consists of brothers in the range of mid-twenties to mid-fifties …

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Broad Ripple Lodge #643, F&AM

1716 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

2021 Roy A. Bates Award Winner: WB Arlie Hartman

2021 Roy A. Bates Award Winner: WB Arlie Hartman

Congratulations to Arlie Hartman for obtaining the Roy E. Bates Reward for 2021. The Roy A. Bates Memorial Award is presented every year to a brother selected by the Worshipful Master as an Outstanding Mason in Broad Ripple Lodge.

EA Degree in March 2022

EA Degree in March 2022

Welcome to our First Entered Apprentice of 2022, Brother Jason Line! Welcome to Broad Ripple Lodge! Thank you to our Carmel brothers for their visitation. 

Why I Became a Worshipful Master

Why I Became a Worshipful Master

I joined a Masonic lodge to make new friends. In this day and age it can be difficult to develop constant predictable relationships with other people. In my life it seemed like every time I made a friend they ended up moving away, I lost interest or they were just too...

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.