Shriners International – Shrine – A. A. O. N. M. S.


Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

better known as Shriners International

Members of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America are members of the Masonic Order and adhere to the principles of Freemasonry Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Shriners are distinguished by an enjoyment of life in the interest of philanthropy. The approximately 500,000 member organization has a buoyant philosophy which has been expressed as “Pleasure without intemperance, hospitality without rudeness and jollity without coarseness.”

Shriner_FezIf you hold the Master Mason degree in Freemasonry, you qualify and are invited to join the Shrine.

As of July 2000, any Master Mason can now petition to join The Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or A.A.O.N.M.S. The Shrine grew out of Freemasonry over 100 years ago and is meant to provide additional fellowship to its members through its various clubs and other functions. The Shrine also supports many hospitals for burned or crippled children and does not charge any fees for the medical care! Shriners consider the Shriners Hospitals for Children the “Greatest Philanthropy in the World”. In 2004, it is projected that the Shriners Hospitals will spend more than $1,600,000 every day to help children.

Listen to a podcast about the Shrine from 2010


  1. Marquita King Daniels says

    I have a framed certificate from Mecca Temple re: my grandfather, Mark J. King, dated Oct. 1908, indicating he was a Noble of that temple. I do not know what to do with it. Thanks.

  2. Vincent Tracey says

    Marquita, you could contact the Mecca Temple to see if they would like to add it to their archives.
    71 West 23rd Street, Rm 915
    New York, New York 10010
    Tel: (212) 242-3440
    Fax: (212) 242-3441
    Or you could give it to another family member who is a Shriner.

  3. george may says

    my grandfather was James Harpen May of Bakersfield, California. He was admitted to the Temple June 30, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. The recorder at that time was Al Malaikah.

    I am doing a biography of him. I would appreciate it if you would send me some details of his life as a Mason.


    George J. May (541) 689-3161

  4. Bill Carman says

    Our museum has been given a certificate for John C. Routh from the Karem Temple in Waco, TX. Cpuld you please tell us a little history about this award? I think it was dated March 1923. Thanks for your help. 325-823-3096

  5. Sanford Gottesman says

    I was the Potentate, or President of Mecca Temple in 2009. I would like to helpyou anyway possible. Contact me at with any questions. We might be able to locate your grandfather’s petition or admission slip!

    Thanks Sanford

  6. thomas faulds says

    I acquired two certificates at an estate auction contained in a “job lot”
    I have no knowledge of the family history or decendants.
    The certificates are dated in the 1870’s in Ontario, Canada
    They are in excellent condition, therefore may be of value to the archives or historic collection of the appropriate Temple.
    I am moving to an apartment and have limited space, but would very much like to find an a suitable home for them.
    Any ideas would be appreciated. Contact me at

  7. says

    im looking to join the shrine and looking for a mentor about shriners,and the dark secrets about freemasony.i was raised may 26 2011,hope to heer from someone soon.

  8. says

    im looking to join the shrine and looking for a mentor about shriners,and the deep secrets about freemasony.I was raised may 26 2011,hope to heer from someone soon.

  9. Cheryl Wintjen says

    My great grandfather, Charles Saxton,left a certificate saying that “Illustrious Noble Charles Saxton of the Lu Lu Temple, Oasis of Philadelphia on Leylet is Subt Sufur 5 A.H. 1324, having completed the Pilgrimage to Mecca, and duly performed the Ancient Ceremonies, so that it was confer upon him the title of HAJI. And he is recorded as such in the Kitab al Ashraf.

    Can I get you to tell me what year this is and how I might find out more information about him?


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