FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How can I refer a patient to Shriners Hospitals for Children?

To refer a patient, please contact patientreferrals@shrinenet.org or call 800-237-5055. From Canada call 800-361-7256. Both lines are staffed weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

What is Shriners International?

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.

How can I support Shriners Hospitals for Children?

There are many ways to support the philanthropy, including volunteering at a Shriners Hospitals for Children®, transporting patients to the hospital for care or visiting the kids in the hospital. You can also support the hospitals by hosting fundraisers to benefit the philanthropy or by making donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children®. For information about the many giving opportunities available visit www.donate2shc.org or call 800-241-GIFT (4438).

What are the membership Requirements?

If you hold the Master Mason degree in Freemasonry, you qualify and are invited to join the Kena Shrine and Shriners International. If you are not a Feemason already, you must start your journey by first receiving the three degrees known as the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason Degrees in a Masonic Lodge, often known as the Symbolic Lodge, Blue Lodge or Craft Lodge. In Freemasonry, there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason (the Third Degree). In Virginia, Masonry does not solicit members. In this area, no one is asked to join, and a man must seek admission of his own free will — he must ask. In some areas, Masons are permitted to solicit new members. In all cases, a man interested in becoming a Mason, if he has not been asked, or for men who would like to receive additional instruction and explanation regarding the allegory and symbolism learned in the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite or the York Rite bodies elaborate on the basic tenets of Freemasonry, should consult a friend whom he believes to be a Freemason to secure his good counsel and recommendation concerning this important undertaking.

How long does it take to become a Freemason?

Becoming a Freemason varies by Lodge and by state. Some states may offer accelerated programs like one day classes. Your mentor will help you learn what is available in your state. A typical time frame is about 6 months from start to Master Mason.

How many Shriners are there?

With temples in several countries with thousands of clubs around the world, there are many thousands spread out around the World. There 198 Shrine temples (chapters) and thousands of clubs.