Welcome to the home page of Alpha Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, located at 404 Concord Street in Framingham, Massachusetts.

We meet every 4th Monday, September through June

As a lodge of Freemasons, we are part of the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, an organization that is dedicated to the basic tenets of friendship, morality, and brotherly love. Alpha Lodge was formally constituted on November 13, 1876, and has been quietly serving the Framingham community since its inception. Part of our mission, and every Masonic lodge's mission, is to "make good men better" to serve our families, fraternity, faith, communities, and country. Alpha Lodge operates by charter under the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Massachusetts.

Inquire

The first step to becoming a Freemason, especially if you don't know any, is to get to know some of us. Becoming a Freemason is a very personal decision and is not a right fit for everyone. We want to get to know you to make sure Masonry is right for you, and you should get to know us to understand if we are the right lodge for you.

Engage

We meet once each month and start by sitting down together to share a meal. We spend time catching up but will often have a presentation or discussion of an educational, historical, or philosphical nature. While meetings are reserved for only those who are Freemasons, guests and visitors are warmly received for dinner, by invitation.

Ask

No one is asked to become a Freemason. This is not a society that has been privately selected by invitation only. Our Fraternity is built on free-minded men who seek out and ask to be made a Mason. Once you have gotten to know some of the members, ask for a petition. They will let you know if they think it is right for you and the right time to join.

Petition

Once you fill out your petition, you will be expected to give references to vouch for your character and values. This is one reason it is so important to get to know some of the members. After you have your petition submitted, several members will be assigned to your request and will meet with you to explore your interest and provide answer to any remaining questions.

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Worshipful Brother George Hamilton has received two distinguished honors as of late. First, he has been named a candidate for Senior Grand Warden of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Second, he has been elected to serve as an active member of the Supreme Council in August.  Worshipful Brother Hamilton was raised in Alpha Lodge in 1984 and served as Master from 1987 to 1989. He was appointed to the office of Grand Standard Bearer by M.W. Jeffrey B. Hodgdon in 2007 and currently serves on the Grand Lodge Board of Directors. He served as the Most Wise Master of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix from 2014 to 2017 and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in August of 2017. George is a member of the York Rite bodies as well, and has been elected to receive the degrees in St. Bernard Commandery #12.

We wish Brother Hamilton the best of luck on his new appointments and his bid for Senior Grand Warden, and we offer him our full support. Please join us in congratulating our distinguished brother.

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Alpha Lodge will warmly welcome the District Deputy Grand Master for the 15th Masonic District, North, Right Worshipful Danny Vogel and his suite of officers and guests at our regular communication on Monday, October 28, 2019, for an Official Visit. The evening will start with dinner in our usual fashion.  Will will open on the first degree and will confer the first degree upon one worthy man. We hope you will join us. Dinner reservations can be made via the event link on the right.

Right Worshipful Brother Vogel was raised and is an active member in United Brethren Lodge, which was instituted 1859, in the town of Marlborough, Massachusetts.  United Brethren Lodge is presently under the guidance of Worshipful Daren A. Nowlan, Master.

On Saturday, September 22, Waltham celebrated its 135 anniversary as a city, bringing back the Waltham Day Parade after a 29-year hiatus, and heading that parade were recognizable Alpha Lodge members.

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Worshipful Craig Rothman was seen carrying  the Aleppo Shriners' banner as part of the , seen on the right just in front of the Arab Patrol, the oldest marching unit, which was instituted in 1885, a mere 9 years after Alpha Lodge was chartered.

PotentateTNWe also saw the Potentate himself, Right Worshipful Rob Havener, Past Master of Alpha Lodge, Past DDGM for the 15N Masonic District, and sitting Treasurer for Alpha Lodge. Worshipful Adam Marks was in attendance as a Waltham resident (and Shriner), and his wife and daughter marched with the Center for Creative Movement. 

Whether you are a Shriner or not, the Potentate has declared that any Mason may attend and march in or ride in the parade with the Shriners, and we encourage members of Alpha to join in the fun. You can visit the Aleppo Shrine's website for more information or read more to see remaining parade dates in October.

At the September regular communication of Alpha Lodge, outgoing Master, Worshipful Craig S. Rothman along with the Right Worshipful District Deputy Grandmaster for the 15 North Masonic District surprised Worshipful Brother Donald W. Crookes, Jr. with the Robert Johnston Award for his hard work during the past decade.  Worshipful Brother Rothman pointed to the work done to establish Alpha Lodge's relationship with the Pearl Street Cafe and Cupboard where members literally serve the community, helping to feed citizens in Framingham in times of need as well as the ongoing commitment to Alpha Lodge, Worshipful Brother Crookes having served Alpha Lodge as an officer since joining Freemasonry more than a decade ago.

The intent of the Robert Johnson Award is to recognize the hardest working among us.

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The Fall Class is fast approaching on Saturday, November 9, beginning at 6:30 a.m. This class is the triennial Grand Master’s Class where we will honor Most Worshipful Paul Fulton Gleason for his dutiful service. Throughout the course of the day, the 4°, 11°, 16°, 18°, 20°, and 32° will be conferred both live and digitally. Each degree is an important milestone in Freemasonry’s goal of “creating better men.”

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InDarknessErik Marks, member of Alpha Lodge, brings into focus the subject of Masonic Relief in his expanded article, "In Darkness, Wishing for Light" published on The Midnight Freemasons and first published in the Trowel Magazine in the Fall of 2018.

The expanded article provides advice and strategies for reaching out to those in need who may not be able to do so for themselves. We commend our brother for this contribution and look forward to seeing more from him in the near future.

 

On October 11, 2018, the Worshipful Master and five members of Alpha Lodge met at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, for the service of Brother and Colonel Lee Dickson, after which Brother Dickson was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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The fact that the members of Alpha Lodge had never met Brother Dickson in person, and that only a handful of the brothers had the pleasure to have spoken to Brother Dickson during our regular calls to members, was not of consequence. This was going to be both an emotional and poignent day, but also a day where the light of Freemasonry and humanity shines brightly.