Our Masonic Family
The Masonic family is a loosely defined grouping of those with practices and beliefs complementary to Freemasonry that also either restricts their membership to regular Freemasons in good standing or to relatives of regular Freemasons in good standing. Those organizations restricted to Freemasons are generally termed concordant while those restricted to relatives, or requiring a Freemason as sponsor, are generally termed appendant. There is little agreement on the use of these terms; in the narrowest sense only the Scottish and York Rites are styled concordant while the Shrine and Grotto, not conferring degrees, would be defined as Masonic clubs.
Adding to the confusion, some Craft Grand Lodge jurisdictions will recognize those bodies by constitutionally recording that they are simply “in amity” with them. Not all Grand Lodges will recognize the same bodies. The important point is to understand that these bodies, and the various degrees they confer, are auxiliary or additional, and not superior to Craft Freemasonry.
Following are a few of the many organizations (which include youth organizations), within the family of Freemasonry. More detailed information is available on the following pages.
Prince Hall Freemasonry is a branch of North American Freemasonry founded by Prince Hall in the 18th century and composed predominantly of African Americans. There are two main branches of Prince Hall Freemasonry: the independent State Prince Hall Grand Lodges, most of which are recognized by Regular Masonic jurisdictions and those under the jurisdiction of the National Grand Lodge.
DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
Job’s Daughters is an international organization that develops girls & young women into leaders through citizenship, leadership, & friendship by means of moral lessons & community involvement!
Order of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. Worldwide, there are currently more than 1.2 million members. Chapters are located in the United States, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Germany, Italy, and other countries around the world. Minnesota Grand Chapter currently has 5,500+ members.
Order of the Amaranth
The Order of the Amaranth is a social, fraternal, and charitable organization whose membership is open to both men and women with a Masonic affiliation. The teachings of our ritual impart lessons for daily living, character building, morality, and ethics.
White Shrine of Jerusalem
Founded in 1894, the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem’s purpose is three-fold, Spiritual, Charitable and Fraternal bringing together Master Masons and their female relatives of high moral and social character to share their desire to spread the Christian Gospel, and assist the less fortunate and create enjoyable experiences for themselves.
Minnesota Masonic Motorcycle Club
The purpose of the Masonic Motorcycle Club International Chapter #24 is to bring together Master Masons whose common interest is motorcycle riding, promoting good fellowship, and encouraging membership in the Fraternity.
Rainbow for Girls
Rainbow is a non-profit, service-oriented organization that teaches girls three basic virtues: Faith in a Supreme Being and other people, having Hope in all that they do, and Charity toward others.