Somerset Masonic Temple

Lodge #358

What is Freemasonry?

The Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternal organization in the world. Volumes have been written about it; however, the origins are still shrouded in time immemorial. Historically, operative masons were an exclusive group of master stonemasons who passed their artisanship to proficient apprentice stonemasons under strict standards.

Throughout historical advancement, this artisan collective of operative stonemasons began accepting selective non-stonemasons (speculative masons) and their craftsmanship expanded beyond skilled symbolic stonework into the labor of mastering oneself.

There is no simple definition of Freemasonry – ask ten Freemasons to define it and you could get ten different answers – and that is because Freemasonry is an “encompassing umbrella” that appeals to men of all ages, races, creeds, interests, professions, socio-economic status.

Freemasonry, first and foremost, is a self-improvement organization that gives its members the tools to better themselves and grow as individuals. Each Mason leads himself on his journey, so different men grow by being involved with different aspects of the Craft that appeal to their interests and needs.

Freemasonry is a fraternity of men that teaches philosophy and a system of morality. Masons are bound together by oaths based on the traditions of the stonemason guilds and all Masonic law, legends, and customs are based on the Ancient Charges of those guilds. Masons obligate themselves to practice brotherly love, relief, charity, equality, and to uphold the ancient practices of the fraternity.

Welcome to Lodge #358

David Damico Jr.

Worshipful Master

A word from our Worshipful Master:

“Hello, I’m David Damico Jr., a proud resident of Somerset County, PA, and the owner of a precious metals trading company Colonial Gold and Silver in Ligonier, PA. Recently elected as Worshipful Master of Somerset Lodge 358, I am deeply honored to serve this venerable and longstanding institution filled with honorable men. My goal this year is to enrich our lodge by welcoming good men and guiding them towards becoming better individuals. Join us for our standard meetings every second Tuesday of the month, where we gather for dinner at 6:30. I’m always available for conversation; you can reach me on the lodge website. Looking forward to a prosperous year of growth and fellowship.”

If you are already a Freemason, we also welcome you to visit us during one of our Stated meetings. If you are from a Jurisdiction outside of Pennsylvania and want to see the degree work, we welcome you to visit! 

If you are not a Mason, please feel free to browse our website and the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s Website. If you are interested in joining, please visit the Join page of our site and contact us.

Our Lodge is represented by Brothers from all races, religions, social standings, and political persuasions.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Somerset Masonic Lodge 358 is part of the 41st District of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, visit their website:

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Somerset Masonic Lodge No. 358