In an ever-changing world, a fraternity like the Shriners provides you with a sense of belonging and a network of lifetime friends. The Shriners aim to have a good time for a good cause, raising much needed funds to assist the Shriners Children's Hospital. The Karnak Shrine is lucky to have a Hospital within our jurisdiction so that we can see first hand the tremendous benefits derived from our efforts.
Who Should Become a Shriner?
Good men who aspire to a better, more full life. Those who would like to help the less fortunate, and those who want to create bonds of brotherhood and friendship with men of similar belief. You must believe in God, but the interpretation and manner of worship is left to each invidual to decide. You must be an adult, of 21 years of age.
How Do You Become a Shriner?
The first thing to realize is that all Shriners are Freemasons, and in order to be a Shriner you must be a 3rd Degree Freemason in good standing with a lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Quebec, Freemasons. If you are already a Freemason, you can download the Shrine application form to fill out and submit to us.
That's perfectly understandable and we are happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us with your questions. We've posted some answers to frequent questions below. You may also want to read through the information provided on the Grand Lodge of Quebec website.
Do I need to be invited to join?
No, indeed the opposite is true - you need to ask. In order to become a Shriner you first must be a Freemason, and our fraternity discourages solicitation of new members. The act of asking to join is an important first step that must be taken freely.
How much does it cost?
The cost to join a lodge of Freemasons varies by lodge - there are upfront initiation fees (which can range from $200 to $1000) and yearly dues thereafter ($100/year average). In order to join the Karnak Shriners, the initiation fees are currently $130, $180 for your Fez (single-jeweled wool fez) and the yearly dues are $120.
Can my wife join with me?
Freemasonry and the Shriners are open to men only, but both organizations value family and have affiliated bodies that are open to women. Social events are almost always open to wives and children.