The path to becoming a
Thirty-Second Degree Scottish Rite Mason starts at your local Scottish Rite
Bodies. Any Master Mason belonging to a regular Symbolic Lodge is eligible to
petition for the 4°–32° of the Scottish Rite. Petitions can be obtained from
a Scottish Rite Mason or from the Secretary of the local Scottish Rite Center
nearest to you. (Click here for a map of all Scottish Rite Bodies with
contact information.) You can find a Scottish Rite Center's phone number in
your "Yellow Pages" telephone directory, usually under the heading
The petition is simple, basically requiring information about your Symbolic
Lodge and how to contact you. The initiation fee varies from Valley to
Valley, but within Louisiana the fee is $400 and must accompany the petition.
Your petition is reviewed by a committee, which may visit with you to explain
the Rite, and is presented to the membership at a meeting for a vote. After
election, you will take the Scottish Rite Degrees at a "Reunion,"
usually held twice a year, but you should confirm all details with the
Secretary of your local Scottish Rite Center.
If you are not a Master Mason, all you have to do is ask. In most states,
members are not allowed to ask you to become a Mason; thus, you must do the
asking. Just call the Lodge closest to you (check the "Yellow
Pages" telephone directory, usually under "Fraternal
Organizations"). Most Lodges meet in the early evening hours on a
weekday, so try calling between 6:00 and 7:30 pm. You can contact me for help
in getting in touch with the Grand Lodge in your state, which will know about
your local Lodges.
Freemasonry is a lifelong journey of fellowship, philanthropy, fraternity,
The Petition for the Valleys
of the Orient of Louisiana has two pages and they are provided here for your
Please make a copy of
each and fill it out, then send or scan and email it to the Secretary of your
Valley. If you are not able to print
this petition, ask any member of the Scottish Rite for a petition or call the
Secretary and he can send you one.