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, across 335 Lodges. Our members represent the entire spectrum of diversity. We welcome men of all faiths, nationalities, and cultures.
Freemasons in the United States of America donate $2,600,000. dollars per day, to charity. That is almost a billion dollars annually, or $949,000.000. 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.
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 built 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org It is a journey of a lifetime, you will cherish forever.
The Stated Meeting of November was held on Saturday the 14th, at 10AM as it has been done, since 1854, but this time it was unique and a first for the Lodge. At the recently completed 171st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California, the Masonic Code was amended to allow for virtual (online) […]
How and where did the American Revolution get its start? In the “Freemason’s Arms” Pub, which was previously been known as the “Green Dragon Tavern”. The inscription on the painting above reads: “Where we met to Plan the Consignment of a few Shipments of Tea, 1775.” If you want to learn more, enjoy this Online […]
Dear Brothers, I would like to share with you the Masonic Speaker Series. The Masons of California have launched an exciting new live, digital Masonic Speakers Series featuring enlightening lectures on a range of topics. See the entire lineup today—or, if you’ve missed one, catch up on past lectures below. To view, click the ‘Watch Now’ button […]
From: BJ McCuiston, Inspector 353rd Masonic District Slainte Mhath Bhràithrean, (good health Brethren) Wishing Y’all Peace, good health and happiness during this 2nd Half of 2020. May the Grand Artificer guide and protect us all. Happy American Independence Day July 4th. Soon all Lodges will be receiving a template for preparedness from the Grand Lodge, preparedness […]
By Auturo de Hoyos: Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. This important post was shared on his Facebook Page today. ** He has lived! The fruits of his labors live after him ** Like many of you, I watched the news last night as a mob pulled down and burned the statute […]
There are certain times in history which call upon Men, Women and Masons to dig deep and fight for freedom, for our lives and our livelihoods. It seems that throughout the year of 6020 A.L., we will all be tested and called to action, as we live through one of these marked periods of history. […]
A Message about Masonic Meetings Dear lodge leaders, I hope you and your family are safe and healthy and managing well through this current crisis. The grand master and executive committee have been inspired by the number of virtual lodge gatherings happening on Zoom and other conferencing apps. These gatherings keep us connected and provide […]
While the Brethren of Texas Lodge no.46 being pioneers and cattlemen, have traditionally focused on a attire of a more perfunctory style, an interest in history is a common trait among Masons. As such, I thought it might be beneficial to share some historical context found while browsing the web. Many Lodges today, wear a […]
Lodge was Opened on the 1st Degree: The Stated Meeting of February was held on 2/8/2020 and began at 10:18am. The pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country was lead by the Master, who invited the citizens of the United States to join. Officers Stations: Were Filled by the Installed officers, with the exception of […]
As the smoke cleared, we welcomed a new brother to the Fraternity. Brother Zachary Monk was made a Mason, on this eventful Saturday upon which a special meeting was held. The Brethren enjoyed the good ole’ hearly breafast fixings of Charles “ChuckWagon” Baylacq and Worshipful Ray E. Hill IV P.M. French Toast, and Breakfast Sausage, […]
Hopefully you have read the latest 2019 Annual report, which shows Freemasonry in California is poised for growth again, for the first time in 53 years of decline. Below are a few of the highlights and some historical perspective. “Membership in 2019 was nearly flat at 46,443. Compared with 53 years of contraction, that […]
Secret Manhattan: The Headstone of Brother James Leeson, and the Masonic Cipher. By Laetitia Barbier July 29, 2013 As Published on AltaObscura.com Squeezed between towering skyscrapers, Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan and its adjacent cemetery is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary, a curious contrast reminding us of the city’s past. The grave of James Leeson, is a […]