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.



The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason has not answered to his name. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Brother, Roger W. Appell, to theRoger Appell solestial lodge above.

Beloved husband, father, uncle, and friend passed away unexpectedly on September 18, 2022 in Framingham, MA.  Roger was born January 7, 1936 in Malden MA.  He attended Melrose Public Schools and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, class of ‘57.

Roger joined ROTC in 1953 when he entered MIT. Upon graduation, he started working for GE Sylvania on the Moby Dic project. The design had been frozen using discreet components and resulted in Moby Dic A and B on which he was a design engineer. His military service furthered from 1958 to 1966. He was assigned to Fort Monmouth and was put into the doctrine division for Moby Dic, the first militarized transportable computer. He served six months active duty and the next 7 ½ years as an active reservist in the army signal corps.  He retired as first lieutenant.

He worked in computer sales at Sun Microsystems, Apollo, Perkin Elmer, and several other companies.

Roger was very involved in Freemasonry for over 50 years. He served as Master of Garden City Lodge in Newton and Perfection Lodge in Framingham.  He was an active member of Alpha Lodge in Framingham, where he served as the Tyler and, recently, as the Inside Sentinel. Roger served as High Priest of St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter in Boston and was active in the Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection in the Valley of Boston.  He was a member and photographer of Aleppo Temple, the Shriners.

He loved photography, discussing current events and books and spending time with family and friends.  He was actively involved with the The Callahan Senior Center in Framingham and served on the board of The Friends of Callahan.

Roger is survived by his wife Sheila Watnick of more than 34 years; his children Seth Appell and Marcy Fortnow (and her husband Lance); his grandchildren Annie and Nico Fortnow and Shayna Redwine; and his former wife Diana Kassler. He also leaves his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sylvia and Terry Zima; their children Adam, Hana, Elyse and Lisa and seven grandnieces and grandnephews.

Roger was laid to rest in Sharon Memorial Park.

Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.