Who We Are
Mabuhay Shriners No. 193 is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are more than 4,000 Shriners all over the country and 375,000 worldwide. It is operating under the Jurisdiction of the Imperial Council of Shriners International based in Tampa, Florida U.S.A.
MASONS & Shriners
All Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons are Shriners.
Being a Shriner can be a life changing experience. Whether it is new friendships, experiencing the joy of giving, or getting involved in your community for the first time, being a Shriner can make a good man even better.
In contrast to the more conservative work of Freemasonry, Shriners are distinguished by an enjoyment of life in the interest of philanthropy.
Shriners buoyant philosophy has been described as
"Pleasure without intemperance, hospitality without rudeness and jollity without coarseness."
Shriners are a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for children and families in need. Our backgrounds and interests are diverse, but we are bound together by our shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build relationships that can last a lifetime.
We Believe in Brotherhood
Although Shriners International is a brotherhood, it is also an organization focused on bringing families together. Many of our fraternity’s activities are designed to involve family members, promote our shared values and help develop the next generation of community and business leaders. A variety of affiliated groups for both women and children, emphasizing personal growth, fun and friendship, participate with Shriners.
We Believe in Family
Shriners International is recognized around the world by an ancient symbol – the fez. The modern man who wears the iconic red fez is a man who values philanthropy, brotherhood, family and of course – fun.
Noble Adrian Croissant III of Ainad Shriners in East St. Louis, Illinois, and his fellow brothers share what being a Shriner means to them – the strong fraternal bonds, camaraderie and an opportunity to embrace life and have fun.
There are many different ways to have fun as a Shriner – you can join the drum and bugle corps, like Noble Croissant, or participate in any of the many other unique clubs or units available. Shriners can even develop a new club or unit to participate and share in their own brand of fun and brotherhood.
We Believe in Fun
Shriners Hospitals for Children was founded in 1922 with the goal of providing expert medical care for children with no financial burden to the patients or their families.
Today that philanthropic effort supports the health care system's 22 facilities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, treating children up to 18 years of age who have orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and more. Our advanced care is provided in a family-centered environment that is focused on maximizing a child’s quality of life, regardless of the families' ability to pay.