Mt. Sinai Shriner’s
Ill. Sir Pierre Letourneau
at our January 14th, 2017 Annual meeting.
2016 Divan Group Photo
2016 Outgoing Potentate
ILL. Sir Ken Canning, Jr.
with Mike Parent 2004 PP presenting
his Past Potentates jewel at our 2017 Annual Meeting
Mt Sinai Concert – September 16, 2017
What is a Shrine Mason?
Shriner’s International is best known for its colorful parades, its distinctive red fez, and its official philanthropy, the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, which is often called “the heart and soul of the Shrine.”
Freemasonry dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen on building projects gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Through the years these gatherings changed in many ways until formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own wishes to be fraternal brothers. There is no higher degree in Freemasonry than that of Master Mason (the Third Degree).
There are 195 Shrine Centers located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Republic of Panama, Philippines and Puerto Rico. And there are informal Shrine Clubs located all around the world.
What is Masonry and What is its Connection to the Shrine?
In order to become a Shriner, a man must first become a Master Mason. The fraternity of Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. It dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen on building projects gathered in shelter houses, or lodges. Over the years, formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own desire to be fraternal brothers.
Shriner’s International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, truth and relief.
Throughout history both the Freemasons and Shriner’s have had a reputation for secrecy, but our mission is straightforward. Shriner’s are committed to:
- Being the premier fraternal organization for men of good character.
- Providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie.
- Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement.
- Serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children®.