Lodges based at SEMC
Freemasonry and the SEMC
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest existing fraternal organisation in the world.
Freemasonry is a society that brings together millions of people, across the world, in a fraternal manner, of all nations, religions, political beliefs, and all social backgrounds. It comprises an estimated 5 Million members world wide with over 12,000 in Victoria. Modern Freemasonry traces its organisation to the 17th Century and proudly preserves the traditions it has inherited from those times. These traditions make Freemasonry unique within the community.
A principled way of life
Freemasonry is a principled way of life, offering a sense of belonging and of personal growth.
The principles by which a Freemason is expected to conduct himself, are based on tolerance, equality, charity and honour. They strive towards spiritual enlightenment, and personal development as a way to moral perfection. Freemasons demonstrate these principles by showing tolerance and respect for the opinions of others, behaving with kindness and understanding and practicing charity and care for their community.
Freemasonry recognizes the richness of all cultural beliefs and excludes no individual from membership on the basis of race, religion or politics. Freemasons are required to profess a belief in a Supreme Being (the specifics of that belief are considered to be a personal matter).
Freemasons pursue their personal development by working towards the betterment of all humanity through widespread community involvement. Freemasonry offers its support at all levels from local fundraising to international relief efforts such as the Tools for Timor and Eplitiya projects.
Freemasons in Victoria have been active in the community for over 170 years and were instrumental in the development of Melbourne. They also established the Royal Freemasons Homes of Victoria in 1867 for the palliative care of the elderly and the Freemasons Hospital in 1937 to care for Freemason members and their families.
The South Eastern Masonic Centre Association Inc.
The South Eastern Masonic Centre is home to a number of Lodges and operates as a registered association to manage the affairs and day-to-day running and maintenance of the centre.