Texas Lodge No. 46 F. & A.M. of California

Making true friends,
improving yourself, having an impact

What is Freemasonry?

Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization.  It is guided by the enduring belief that each man has a responsibility to make the world a better place.

For 300 years, Freemasonry has enhanced and strengthened the character of individual men by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, and the search for truth – within ourselves and the larger world.

In 2019 there were 46,443 Masons in California, belonging to 335 Lodges. Our members represent the entire spectrum of diversity. We welcome men of all faiths, nationalities, and cultures. In fact, Freemasons have championed equality for all Men, and were involved in the Freeing of Slaves, via the Underground Railroad.

Freemasons in the United States of America donate $2,600,000. dollars per day, to charity. That is almost a billion dollars annually. The most popularly known charity is the network of 22 Shriner Children hospitals throughout North America, but there are many others. Charity and making the world a better place is one of the key tenants of Freemasonry.

Our Mission and Our Historic Lodge

Welcome to the door of our Masonic Lodge, and thank you for visiting. Texas Lodge No. 46 of California, was founded in 1853 by Masons who immigrated from Texas, drawn to the fertile opportunities available in what was then the recently-organized California Republic, which at the time was only 4 years old, being made a state in 1850 with its capital of Monterey.

Texas Lodge has been serving as a beacon of brotherhood for friends and fellows ever since those early days in 1853 when the founders came to San Juan Bautista, California.

The Texas Lodge Masonic Hall was completed in 1869 has been in continuous use, with stated meetings being held each and every, second Saturday of the Month, for over 150 years. Come join us for breakfast and meet some new friends.

You have a life story to write and a life journey to live.  You are able to make it a SPECTACULAR history.  ENTER to find friends with warm smiles, welcoming hands, and supportive friendship.  We call that “BROTHERHOOD” and we are genuine about it.

LIFE is an individual journey of learning and development that we experience together. Visit our lodge, and help us make each other’s lives EXTRAORDINARY!

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Rewards of Being a Freemason

Making True Friends

Masonry is a community of men and their families who share similar beliefs and values. The fraternity finds it important to connect with other men of honor, compassion, love, trust, and knowledge, regardless of their race, color, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship, or national origin. We are friends and brothers, and are connected through this vital and uplifting organization of moral men.

Improving Ourselves

Our continuing pursuit of truth, knowledge, ethics, and leadership skills makes us better men and brings more meaning to our lives. Learning the tenets of Freemasonry, paired with being an active part of our community, gives us the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, and builds self-discipline through commitment and self-confidence.

Having an Impact

As a member of the Freemasons, the Grand Lodge of California, and Texas Lodge No. 46, we are a part of a worldwide organization that values tradition, history, and timeless wisdom.

The traditions and core values of our fraternity are meaningful today and will endure for centuries to come because of our direct impact in our community, through our charities, and on a personal level.

How to become a Freemason?

Texas Lodge membership is open to men 18 and older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and intention, and who believe in a Supreme Being.  Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.

One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members – men must seek membership on their own initiative. Anyone is welcome to request information about the fraternity.

If you are interested in applying for membership to our lodge, now is a good time to start. Please contact us to schedule a visit during an event, or request more information. You can send us an email at sanjuanbautistatxlodge46@gmail.com  It is a journey of a lifetime, you will cherish forever.

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Trestleboard, News & History

November Stated Meeting & Election of 2022 Officers

Brethren, Our Brother Jake Miranti, traveling from Texas proper, stationed here at Monterey offered a wonderful presentation over breakfast, recounting the history of Masonry in the great state of Texas. Lodge was opened on the 1st degree of Freemasonry to the 863rd page of the Holy Scripture, on the 13th of November 2021, at 10:23AM […]

50 Year Award | Richard M. Fisher

It is with great pleasure that the Brothers of Texas Lodge on behalf of the Grand Lodge of California presented the Golden Veteran Award of Masonry to our Brother Richard M. Fisher. He was raised to the sublime degree of  a Master Mason on March 13th 1969 some 52 years ago in Stockton CA, at […]

Oct-30th-2021 Second Degree Conferral upon Brother Charles Baylacq

The Brothers of Texas Lodge gathered on Saturday October 30th, 2021, to confer the Fellowcraft Degree upon their Masonic Brother Charles E. Baylacq.  The Lodge was opened at 10:20AM upon page 765 of our historic Bible. There is not much we can share about the beauty and meaning of this sacred degree, but it is […]

Stated Meeting of October 2nd 2021

The Stated Meeting of October, was held on the 2nd day of the Month, by special dispensation, due to the Grand Lodge Annual Communication of 2021. Details of which will be addressed below. Lodge was opened on the First Degree, at 10:11AM and The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance to the flag, […]

Hiram Award Presentation for Loren George McKechnie

A special meeting was held on the 18th of September at 6:30pm for the presentation of the Hiram Award to our esteemed secretary Brother Loren George McKechnie. It was preceded by a Texas BBQ to remember. Fraternity and Brotherly Love was evident throughout the Parlor, Kitchen, Dining Hall and the BBQ pit in the back […]

Stated Meeting of September 11th 2021

The Stated Meeting of September, was held on the 20th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on New York and the Pentagon. The master called for a minute of silence to remember how all Americans have been affected by the awful attack, especially all of our br avest first responders, the men and women who run […]

Freemasonry’s Oldest Document

Please explore the oldest Freemason Document, Video below. The oldest, the Regius poem, is unique in being set in verse. The rest, of which over a hundred survive, usually have a three part construction. They start with a prayer, invocation of God, or a general declaration, followed by a description of the Seven Liberal Arts (logic, grammar, […]

Stated Meeting of August 14th 2021

The Stated Meeting of August, was held in person. It was the second stated meeting in person since February 2020, due to the COVID-19 shut down of services by the Governor, who may be recalled in a special election held by mail, in September. The Lodge was opened at 10:20AM after a hearty breakfast enjoyed […]

Stated Meeting of July 10th 2021

The Stated Meeting of July, was held in person. It was the first stated meeting in person since February 2020, due to the COVID-19 shut down of services by the Governor. The Lodge was opened at 10:41AM after a hearty breakfast was enjoyed by all. The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance […]

Stated Meeting of June 12th 2021

The Stated Meeting of June, was held via Zoom with a few fully vaccinated brothers attending  at the Lodge, on Saturday the 12th of June. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, fully vaccinated or tested to be Covid-19 free, the Lodge was opened at 10:01AM. The Master lead the brethren in the […]

What is the Hiram Award?

The Hiram Award The Hiram award is the single highest honor a Mason in California may receive, if so elected by committee. It is awarded by the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Jurisdiction, and presented by the regional inspector. Each Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons has the ability to award this lifetime achievement award […]

Stated Meeting of May 8th 2021

The Stated Meeting of May, was held via Zoom with a few fully vaccinated Brothers attending  at the Lodge, on Saturday the 8th at 10:00AM. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, and Covid-19 free, the Lodge was opened at 10:05AM. The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance to the […]

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