Mowbray Lodge No.5373

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Congratulations on taking your first step in Freemasonry.... well almost.

Explore, learn and understand. Freemasonry offers a warm and supportive global fraternal network focusing on charity, personal development and fun.
Make friends for a life time by becoming a member of an ancient and honorable organisation with a rich history dating back over 300 years!

University of Sunderland

Guiding principles of Freemasonry

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.


Building good people 

Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal. Being a Freemason gives members a sense of purpose, supporting and guiding them on their journey through life. Collectively, members are bonded through an understanding of unity and equitability – principles fundamental to Freemasonry.


Building together

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life. Being a Freemason means something different to each person who joins, but whether looking to make acquaintances or develop their own potential, all members share a sense of togetherness that strengthens their ability to succeed and grow.


Building unity

Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion, or other perceived differences that can divide us as a society. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to talk openly about what the organisation does and what it means to be part of it.


Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes through fundraising events or volunteer work. Individuals can make an important contribution at local, national and global level by giving both their time and money.

Member Profile - Obinna Kingsley Osochukwu
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Member Profile - Obinna Kingsley Osochukwu

Obinna, who is also known as Obi by friends and family currently lives in Sunderland. He is happily married and has a daughter. Obi works for the NHS at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

He was born in Nigeria and moved to England more than 10 years ago. He graduated from the University of Sunderland (London Campus) for his Bachelor’s degree and subsequently moved to Sunderland in 2017 to pursue his Post Graduate degree in Public Health.

Obi first heard about Freemasonry while he was living in London and tried joining then but it didn’t happen. Whilst at Sunderland University he met members of Mowbray lodge who were at the University during the Student’s Freshers Fair and subsequently enquired about joining.
Luckily in March 2019, Obi was initiated into Mowbray Lodge.

My interest in joining Freemasonry was as a result of a combination of personal research and a through a friend who I knew was a Freemason. I was particularly drawn to Freemasonry when I found out about the true friendship and charity part of the organisation. Growing up, these two attributes had always stood out for me and knowing there is an organisation that can offer me that opportunity made my decision to join Freemasonry very easy.

On becoming a Freemason, I equally discovered that Freemasonry does not end in friendship and charity. I began to understand how Freemasonry can make a good man better and also support personal development associated with being a Freemason. One thing I noticed about Freemasonry is that it doesn’t matter about your social status, religion, race or any other quality; everyone is equal and I have seen this play out in many of my encounters with other members.

Obi is a very sociable person who enjoys the company of others a lot. He loves to watch football and that has become his hobby aside learning how to play piano.

Obi says; ‘Since joining Freemasonry, it has helped me a lot to rediscover myself and also made me increasingly aware of my duties to my fellow man and Society. I would encourage you to ask about joining Freemasonry if you want to discover more about being a just and upright man’.


The picture shows Obinna and the


Grand Master Sir David Wootton at the Universities Scheme Conference held in Chester on 16th 

the November 2019

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