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A message from the Old Pauline Lodge
You might be aware that, along with several other public schools, St Paul’s has a Freemasons’ lodge. You might be less aware, though, of what Freemasonry is and why you might wish to consider joining the Old Pauline Lodge.
The United Grand Lodge of England, describes Freemasonry as “One of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world.” In this regard, the Old Pauline Lodge is a great way to maintain and grow a connection with the school that has served us all so well.
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Membership is open to men over 18 from all backgrounds and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.
Freemasonry makes very large charitable donations each year and contributed £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020 alone. Freemasons are often quick to get funds where they are needed most, including setting up a COVID-19 Response Group and supporting Ukrainian refugees. In addition, individual Lodges support local causes dear to them – the Old Pauline Lodge supports the School’s Bursary Fund and the 1509 Appeal.
If you would like to learn more about joining the Old Pauline Lodge, please contact our Membership Officer.