Date of Chartering Jun 12, 2003
Diocese of Palm Beach Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito
The Boca Raton Chapter of Legatus was chartered on June 12, 2003, at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Boca Raton. The chapter was honored by Most Reverend Seán P. O’Malley, Bishop of Palm Beach celebrating Holy Mass. Bishop O’Malley then officiated at the chartering ceremony for 40 members and guests.
Charter officers were: Paul Lawless, president; Henry Schade, treasurer; Jerry Cianfrini, membership chair; and David Spellman, program chair. Fathers Brian Lenhert and Marty Devereaux were assigned as chapter co-chaplains. (The very next month, Bishop O’Malley was named archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston and was elevated to cardinal in March 2006.)
Following the Mass and chartering ceremony, the new Legates and their guests attended a celebratory reception and dinner at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton. Legatus executive director Steve Beal addressed the new members, welcoming them into the organization’s mainstream of chartered chapters.
Charter members included: Peter and Mary Ann Buffone, Jerry and Cheryl Cianfrini, John and Bessie Connelly Jr., Robert and Caron Dockerty, Michael and Patricia Dunford, John and Cynthia Kingston, John and Elaine Kobbe, Charles and Rose Krauser, Benjamin and Rosemary Krieger, Paul and Lynn Lawless, Gerald and Chris Ligouri, Rosemary Maniscalco, James and Sandra Mantey, Steve Miskew, Rick and Diane Perrone, Kevin and Nancy Richard, Henry and Debbie Schade, Thomas and Cathy Sheehan, Chester and Diane Stranczek, and Eleanor Zaccagnini.