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2017 Grand Lodge Officers
The 228th Annual Communication
228th ANNUAL COMMUNICATION OF THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M.
OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEATH OF R.W. BROTHER FRANCIS DISTEFANO, GRAND MARSHAL
It is with deep sorrow and regret that we report the untimely death of Right Worshipful Brother Francis “Fran” DiStefano. Brother DiStefano was born June 30, 1956 in Middletown, CT and he passed to that Celestial Lodge, that House not made with hands on November 28, 2017 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Patricia and his children. Brother DiStefano was raised in St. John’s Lodge No. 2, Middletown on May 3, 2004 and served as its Worshipful Master in 2009. He served the Grand Lodge as a District Deputy for District 7 in 2012 and 2013. He was an affiliate member of Anchor Lodge No. 112 in East Hampton.
Calling hours are at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 4 to 8 P.M. A Masonic Funeral Service will be at 7 P.M. Please arrive no later than 6:45 P.M. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10 A.M at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street, Middletown. Messages of condolences may be sent to Mrs. Patricia A. DiStefano, 91 Clarence Court, Middletown, CT 06457-4057.
JUNE GRAND MASTER’S MESSAGE
Dear Brothers All,
Where on God’s green earth would we be without education! Each generation since the dawn of man has learned from its mistakes and taught the next generation how to erect the building blocks of their temporal and spiritual buildings. Education is the means by which societies have technologically moved forward at such a rapid pace over the centuries and especially in the last few decades.
While clubs, civic orders and other fraternal organizations have educational introductions and instructions in their orders, we as Masons, have much more extensive educational programs – not just in our three distinct initiation degrees – but in continuing education on the history, law and esoteric meanings of our gentle craft.
Each of you, from the youngest Entered Apprentice in the northeast corner to the aged Past Masters and sideliners of our lodges, can benefit from the educational programs that your Lodge and Grand Lodge offer. My grandfather, a Past Master and mentor to me, once said in his mid 80’s: “The day I stop learning is the day to start digging my grave”.
I encourage each of you to embrace each educational opportunity.
Theodore J. Ted Nelson,
Most Worshipful Grand Master 2017
“Just Mention Masonry…It’s A Way of Life”