In old England, Free Masonry was defined as “a system of morality, veiled in allegory (or a story) and illustrated by symbols.” It is a course of moral instruction which uses both allegories and symbols to teach its lessons. The modern definition is “Freemasonry is an organized society of men, symbolically applying the principles of Operative Masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building.” In other words, we are trying to use the old methods to make good men better through education.
Education in Dutchess District includes two emphases:
- Presentation of three formal Masonic courses
- Presentation of provocative educational programs in Lodges.