Philanthropy & Service in the 12th District


Masonic tenets teach us that a Mason should strive to better himself and humanity through service to others. In keeping that tradition the 12th Masonic District has several service opportunities under the direction of the District Deputy Service Officer Bro. G. Edward Brown. These service projects are a few of the many opportunities that members and their families are encouraged to engage in to better the world around us.

Masonic Medical Research Laboratory

Official MMRL Logo

The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) is an internationally recognized biomedical research institute. For its size, there are few institutes worldwide whose cutting edge research is as productive and influential in the field of experimental cardiology. In recent years, the MMRL has become an international center for genetic screening of cardiac arrhythmia diseases, especially those contributing to sudden death syndromes, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The MMRL is blazing new trails in the development of safe and effective drugs for atrial fibrillation, addressing one of the greatest unmet medical needs facing our society. With its recent inauguration of a Stem Cell Center, the MMRL is making rapid progress in the creation of human models of disease focused on development of innovative therapies and cures

Massachusetts Masonic License Plate


Interested in the new Masonic License Plate, click the license plate image above for more details. Some of the proceeds go to the new MMRL Signature Charity.

Blood Drives


Massachusetts Freemasonry has a proud tradition of being one of the largest group donors of whole blood in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Masonic lodges organize blood drives across the state to help others.

M.Y.C.H.I.P. Program


MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program) is a comprehensive identification program used in the recovery of missing and abducted children. This program is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts. The district lodge this service to the communities free  of charge.



This is the philosophy of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a 22-hospital pediatric healthcare system which provides excellent, no-cost medical care to children with orthopaedic problems or burn injuries.

Since its founding, the Shrine has always been involved in charitable activities, and in the early 1900s, when the Shrine became a truly international organization, desire grew for the Shrine to establish an official Shrine philanthropy.