Master’s Message & From the West – October 2021

Master’s Message

My Brother,

Mental health issues do not discriminate. In 2019, more that 47,500 Americans ended their own lives, and over 750 of those were in New Jersey. For ages 10 – 64, death by suicide is a top 10 cause of death in New Jersey.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), founded in 1987, is a voluntary health organization that aims to gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

  • Funding scientific research
  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

Mental health has been an issue prior to the pandemic but has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mental health is still a taboo topic in a lot of communities, and any steps we can take to start (and continue) the conversation and remove the stigma are worthwhile endeavors.

While there is no single cause for suicide, there are risk factors and warning signs which may increase likelihood of an attempt. Join us at our Regular Communication on Friday, October 8th for a presentation from the AFSP that focuses on mental health, warning signs, and prevention methods. Learning this information can literally save lives.


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the West

My Brothers,

As we begin to prepare to close one Masonic year and begin anew I just wanted to say, as your Senior Warden, ‘thank you’. Thank you to everyone who helped your Lodge and your Brothers out during these most trying of times.

Freemasonry is defined different ways by many different Brothers but there is no denying that, at its heart, is Charity and Brotherly Love. The Brothers of Lafayette Lodge have always excelled at exemplifying those qualities and this was seen, in full grandeur, during 2020 and 2021.

It is my earnest desire that we do not become complacent as life, ever so slowly, goes back to the normal we once knew. The coming year will still provide many challenges to overcome and the Lodge and Brethren therein will continue to need your steadfast support.

In closing, I would like to congratulate WB Passione for a job well done. His leadership this year, combined with his wisdom to make the right decision, his love for Freemason, the Brethren, and Lafayette Lodge are every present and will carry on for years to come.

Fraternally yours,

Michael S. Romano,
Senior Warden

October 1, 2021 at 8:15 am | Masonic Light