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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Alpha Lodge will be hosting our 146th installation of officers on September 10, 2022, and you're wondering, "what is an installation of officers?"

Formal or Casual -- Yes!

The uniform of an Officer of a masonic lodge in Massachusetts is the Tuxedo. Members of the lodge typically wear a suit or shirt, tie, and a jacket to masonic meetings and functions.  Our visitors, however, should feel free to wear whatever they consider to be comfortable and respectful within their own views given the occasion.

It's a bit of ceremony

The Freemasons have practiced our craft for many hundreds of years. The ceremony is about accepting the duties, responsibilities, and commitments that the officers of a lodge make to the membership and Freemasonry. It's about honoring your commitments, following reason, treating all others with respect as equals, and it's about upholding these values for the upcoming year during which these elected and appointed officers will be entrusted with the care and direction of the lodge, with the incoming Worshipful Master leading the lodge.

It's a time to meet friends and family, old and new

Before the installation, we invite our guests to join us mingle and enjoy each others' company and conversation. We will then move to the Lodge room where we will start the ceremony, with the presiding Master, Right Worshipful Douglas Bradford Freeman, will address the officers, members, and guests of Alpha Lodge, before retiring with his officers and installation the newly elected and appointed officers.

It's a bit of a retirement party

After dinner, we adjourn to the lodge room and conduct a formal retirement ceremony for the officers that served Alpha Lodge for the 2019 masonic year. It's also a bit of a formal event, since it's essentially been the same protocol for a very long time. We thank them for their services.

It's a bit of a welcoming party

We welcome aboard the elected and appointment officers for the 2023 Masonic year, starting with our first meeting in September. Our new officers make a commitment before all to uphold the duties of their office. The responsibilities of a lodge officer are many and include maintaining the finances of the lodge, upholding the customs and traditions of the lodge, planning and executing the upcoming year's mission and goals, having a command of our oral tradition, mostly unaltered from the beginning of the fraternity. In the end, it's very much an inauguration. Above all, the Master, Officers, and Members of Alpha Lodge, like all other Masonic Lodges, commit to taking care of each other while striving to become the best versions of themselves possible.

It's a bit of a history lesson

Because Freemasonry is steeped in history and because our officers join the ranks of many distinguished predecessors, our master of ceremonies will give a bit of history along with our installation to explain the importance of the events.