PODCAST: Freemasonry in Quebec City

PODCAST: Freemasonry in Quebec City

This recording first appeared as an article in the November 2013 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.
Freemasonry is alive and well in Quebec City.

Find out more about the masons in Quebec here.

Twice a month, except during the summer, a few dozen men gather at night in the historical upper town district of this 400+ year old city. Walking up rue des Jardins, between the tall stone structures on the narrow street, they arrive dressed in suits and ties, carrying small suitcases, and converge upon the century-old building marked only with a square and compass next to the door.

The Freemasons (or Masons) are probably the world’s oldest and most well-known fraternity, tracing their organizational origins back to at least the early 1700s, though written references to the society date back to the late 1300s. The long history of Freemasonry, combined with its mystical and private (the uninitiated would perhaps say secretive) nature, has often resulted in suspicion, wild conspiracy theories, coupled with distrust and persecution from certain governments and religious organizations.

Freemasons are generally tight-lipped about what exactly goes on during their meetings, preferring to keep the details of their activities private. Outwardly, they describe their goals as simply “making good men better”, through self-improvement, volunteering, fraternization, and the study of Freemasonry’s complex myriad of symbols and allegories based in mathematics, geometry, and architecture.

Like any other group, Freemasonry is not immune to the changing times, having to contend with an ever-faster pace of living, a world of instant expectations and instant results, and ever fewer moments for contemplation and reflection. “In many ways, that just makes what we do so much more important to us,” muses one member, “Freemasonry gives us some quiet and calm time to think about what really matters, and how we can do more good in the world.”

Read the original article here – Quebec City Freemasonry Right Under Your Nose   

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