Masonry is the world's first and largest fraternal organization, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future. The mission of the Masons of California, to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others, is carried out through Masonic principles and tradition.
We value respect, freedom, kindness, tolerance, and our differences - religious, ethnic, cultural, social, generational, and educational - and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodges, and in the global community
We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole. We provide relief through philanthropy, community involvement, and delivery of excellent care.
We stay true to our personal code of conduct and ethics - honor, integrity, personal responsibility, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.
The World's Oldest Fraternal Order
With more than 60,000 members, Masonry in our state represents the entire spectrum of diversity. Masons believe in the importance of religion; men of all faiths are members of the organization.
Membership in California Masonry is growing and getting younger. The fastest growing segment of our membership is 18-30 year olds. About 2,000 men are initiated each year; their average age is 39.
Masonry is a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other. We develop lifelong friendships with fellow Masons and their families, and are welcomed at Masonic lodges throughout the United States and the world.
Chartered in 1864
Benjamin F. Ogden
Civil war ravaged the country. Crime in San Francisco rose. Vigilantes emerged. Many Californian’s traveled east to join the Union Army. Sibling turned against sibling. Chaos prevailed, but not among thirteen Masonic Brethren who, just a few months prior to October, met on the corner of Sixteenth and Valencia Streets. They decided to form a new Masonic lodge located in the Mission District of San Francisco.
In a time when the kinship of many lodges was made of men of the same craft, nationality or religion, this new lodge intended to be different. The kinship of this new lodge was to be men of family and men of the neighborhood.
The dispensation was granted on September 7th, 1863. The first meeting was held on September 16th. That evening of the 16th, the first applicant, Benjamin F. Ogden, submitted his petition to receive the degrees.
One year later on October 13th, 1864, the Grand Lodge of California granted San Francisco’s first "neighborhood lodge” its charter.
The Lodge remains here today, over 150 years later.
That Lodge is Mission Lodge No. 169.
The Trestleboard is the Lodge newsletter that publishes messages from the Master, the Junior and Senior Wardens, the Secretary, other officers, and the Lodge Calendar of Events.
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Mission Lodge No. 169
Mission Lodge No. 169
169 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
2668 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110