Get acquainted with the Shriners
Shrines International is a fraternity based on entertainment, comradeship and on the Masonic principles of brotherly love, helpfulness and truth. With about 480.000 members in 194 temples (divisions) in the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama, our fraternity is open to men with integrity from all the spheres of life.
Shrines International also supports the Shriner Hospitals for Children, a health system with 23 pediatric hospitals dedicated to the supply of medical care, researches of worldwide excellence and educational opportunities for the professionals of Medicine. Since 1922, the Shriners Hospitals for Children have significantly improved the lives of more than 1.000.000 children.
The Shriners believe in Fraternity
The Shriners are a fraternity of men committed with the family, involved with the ongoing personal growth and dedicated to the rendering of care for needy children and families. Our experiences and interests are many, but we are united by our shared values and a desire for entertainment, to practice the good and to build relationships that may last a whole life.
Shriners Hospitals for Children
The Shriners Hospitals for Children are a network of non-profit hospitals throughout North America. The children with orthopedic problems, burnings, lesions of the spinal medulla, cleft lips and palate are eligible to receive all the care and services in an environment centered on the family. With main offices in Tampa, Florida, the hospitals known as "the grand philanthropy of the world" are owned and administered by Shriners International, a Masonic organization currently known simply as Shriners. The patients have to be less than 18 years old, and are not required to have any familiar affiliation with the Shriners order nor with the Masonry.
Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon
In 1870 a group of masons used to meet frequently to have lunch at the Knickerbocker Cottage in the Sixth Avenue of New York. At a special table in the second floor, a group of men specially jovial met regularly. Among these masons were Walter M. Fleming, M.D. and William J. "Billy" Florence, an actor. The group often talked about beginning a new fraternity of masons – more centered on entertainment and comradeship that on the ritual. Fleming and Florence considered this idea as sufficiently important to do something in that direction.
While on a tour in France, Billy Florence was invited to a party offered by an Arab diplomatist. The exotic style, the flavors and the music at that party with an Arab thematic inspired him to suggest it as a theme for a new fraternity. Walter Fleming, a devoted brother of the fraternity, based himself on the ideas of Fleming and used his knowledge of the fraternal ritual to transform the Arab theme into the Ancient Arab Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.).
With the help of other patrons of the Knickerbocker Cottage, Fleming elaborated the ritual, designed the emblem and the clothes, formulating a salutation and stating that the members would wear a red beret. The first meeting of the Mecca Shriners – the first temple (division) established in the United States, was held on the 26th of September, 1872.
Brazil Shriners Club
The Brazil Shriners Club is a para-masonic institution established in the country with the objective of carrying out one more beneficial work worth of our society.
The objective of the Shriners of Mato Grosso foundation consists in the ability to forward to hospitals in the United States patients with 0 to 18 years of age to be treated for serious problems related to orthopedics, burning, cleft lips and bifid spine, among other medical specialties, without costs to the hospital.
The transportation of the patient and one accompanying person will also be provided by the club, which is formed by Mason Masters. Another goal of Shriners of Mato Grosso is the construction of a hospital similar to the ones of Shriners International.
Shriners of Mato Grosso – Brazil.
The Masonic values, our principles, often embodied in beneficial work and in the charity that every mason shall proportionate to the needy must get out of the four walls of the temples and arrive where needed within the bosom of the society in which we implant our principles, helping the poor and, in the case of Shriners, helping the children necessitating care, be they sons or daughters of brothers, be they sons or daughters of non-masons.