About Us

Masonry 101 is run by members of Austin Lodge No. 12 A.F. & A.M., in Austin, Texas. The lodge is a member of the Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. If you are interested to learn more about Freemasonry in general or Austin Lodge No. 12 A.F. & A.M. in particular we welcome you to join us at our weekly in-person meetings. We meet every Monday from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, followed by a free dinner to meet the members of the lodge. (The dinner is cancelled due to Covid 19 until further notice)

Austin Lodge No. 12 A.F. & A.M. received dispensation to go to work on November 7, 1839; the same year that the city of Austin was founded. The lodge is one of the three oldest lodges in the State of Texas, and has a continuous lineage all the way back to the days when Texas was a Republic.

Masonry 101, also known as Introduction to Masonry, is the brainchild of Brother John Brengle. He has been leading this class since its founding in 2004. His masonic pedigree is as voluminous as it is prestigious. Some might even call it capacious and august.

The purpose of Masonry 101 and this website is to serve as an inspiration for those who are seeking Light in Freemasonry, but don’t know how to find it. The opinions stated are those of the individuals and do not represent any official statements of the Grand Lodge of Texas A.F.&A.M. or Austin Lodge No. 12 A.F.&A.M.

Listen to an interview with Brother John Brengle on the Ft Worth 148 podcast about Masonry 101.

Once you have attended enough meetings to get a good understanding about freemasonry, our lodge in general and if we are a good fit for you, then you can request a petition. Our members will be happy to help you complete it and gather the necessary signatures. Austin Lodge No. 12 is looking forward to getting to know you in person.

Remember: To become a mason you just have to ask!