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Members of Palos Verdes No 883 celebrate the lodge′s charter ceremony on February 4 in Gardena. It is one of several new Masonic lodges to have gone up in California in recent years.

Meet the Builders of California’s Newest Masonic Lodges

A spate of new Masonic lodges have gone up across the state in recent years. What they are building is reshaping the landscape of California Masonry.

Members of La France No. 885, the newest French-speaking lodge in California.

At La France No. 885, a Lodge of Bon Vivants

At La France No. 885, a longstanding legacy of French Freemasonry in California is being carried into the future.

Gat José Rizal Lodge № 882

Paying Homage to a Masonic Hero at Rizal No. 882

At Gat Rizal No. 882 in Menifee, California, a Masonic lodge takes its name—and inspiration—from a national hero of the Philippines.

Members of Oakland Lodge No. 61

At Oakland No. 61, Something Old Meets Something New

At Oakland No. 61, two historic East Bay groups dating from the 1800s are teaming up to form a new kind of Masonic lodge.

Catholicism and Freemasonry

The Vatican, Freemasonry, and the Long Shadow

Last fall, the Vatican once a gain reiterated its position on Freemasonry—one that’s caused confusion for 300 years.

Fortunato Chua, a coffee machine technician and member of Francis Drake No. 376, Peninsula No. 168, and Phoenix No. 144 Masonic lodge, poses in his workshop.

The Craft Meets the Carafe for a Coffee-Expert Mason

A member of multiple Bay Area Masonic lodges shows off his serious coffee skills and explains his connection to the craft.

Members of Logos Lodge No. 861

At Logos No. 861, a Culture of Craftsmanship

At Logos No. 861 in San Francisco, handmade, lovingly crafted material culture is part of the very fabric of the lodge.

California Freemason: Forget-Me-Not Pin

Unforgettable: The Masonic Connection to the Forget-Me-Not

The forget-me-not is a Masonic symbol of brotherhood, sacrifice, and remembrance.

The Masonic Homes of California in Union City. Starting in 2024, Masonic parents and parents-in-law are eligible for entry into the Masonic Homes of California.

For the Parents of California Masons, a Profound Relief

At the Masonic Homes, an expansion in eligibility to Masonic parents and parents-in-law is life-changing news.

Thanks to Mosaic No. 218, a School Gets a Chamber of Quietude

In Livermore, one East Bay Masonic lodge helps a local school develop a chill zone for those with mental or behavioral needs.

Donor Profile: Reuben Zari

How a family's love of Masonry inspired Reuben Zari of Atwater Larchmont Tila Pass No. 614 to give back to the California Masonic Foundation.

The archived papers of California’s Masonic leaders yield important historical insight into the growth and development of the fraternity.

A Grand Lodge Archives Project Marks a Masonic Paper Trail

The archived papers of California’s Masonic leaders yield important historical insight into the growth and development of the fraternity.

The Ins and Outs of Assisted Living

Assisted living and specialized memory care can be complex and intimidating. Here’s what you need to know.

Grand Master G. Sean Metroka: In With the New

Grand Master Sean Metroka explains why building new lodges is the key to the future of the fraternity.