Lincoln Chapter

Date of Chartering Jun 21, 2005

Diocese of Lincoln Bishop James D. Conley

President John Woodrich

Chapter Chaplain Monsignor Liam Barr


Chapter History

“Peace be with you.” John 20:19

Legatus of Lincoln began formation in late 2003 with an introductory dinner hosted by Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. The first full year of programs started in 2004 with the Lincoln Chapter chartering on June 21, 2005 becoming the 48th charted chapter of Legutus.

The chartering ceremony was hel2008BishopConleyPortraitd at the Blessed John XXIII Diocesan Center with Bishop Bruskewitz concelebrating the Mass with Monsignor Liam M. Barr, V.F., chaplain, and Rev. Jerry Pokorski. The ceremony included the commissioning of officers and induction of 24 CEOs and spouses. A dinner and a keynote address by Legatus founder Thomas Monaghan followed the service.

On June 16th, 2015, the Chapter celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary.  The special event included a video greeting from Tom Monaghan (Legatus Founder) and John Hunt (Executive Director), along with a panel discussion by four past presidents.IMG_0415bix.jpg

The Lincoln Chapter was honored to be the hosts of the 2016 Summit held at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes Hotel in Orlando, FL.

Past events have included such notable speakers as Immaculée Ilibagiza, Dr. Edward Sri, Fr. Mike Schmitz and Al Kresta. Our 2017 program schedule can be found below.

We currently have two men’s forums and one women’s forum. The forums meet monthly in their small group setting to share and discuss aspects of their faith, family, and business. For more information about our Forum groups, see the news article below.

We’d love to have prospective members be our guest at one of our events.  For inquiries, contact the Chapter Coordinator or go to the “Join Us” tab at the top of the page.



Chapter Officers

President: John Woodrich
Vice-President: John Woodrich
Treasurer: Luke Benes
Past President: Ed Malk
Membership Chair: Jody Olsson
Membership Vice-Chair: Marilyn Dongilli
Program Chair: Karen Largen
Program Vice-Chair: Kate Jarecke
Directors: Mary Arth
Legatus Governor: Walt Zink

Chapter Chaplain

Monsignor Liam Barr
Pastor, St. Joseph
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Chapter Coordinator

Sue Mach
114 Arbor Lane
Wahoo, NE 68066

Regional Director

Ken Darnell
Jun 19, 2018
Dr. David Hilger

“Virtue, Health and Neuroscience”
with Dr. David Hilger
Dr. Hilger is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in women’s imaging.  He received his Bachelor of Science with highest distinction from UNL, and his MD degree from UNMC in 1982.  He practiced in Lincoln for 20 years and was a charter member of the Lincoln Legatus Chapter.  He moved to Omaha in 2008 and has practiced at the Methodist Hospital system since then.
He and his wife Mary have been members of the Omaha Chapter

Jul 11, 2018
Honorable Jeffrey J. Funke

An Invitation from the Omaha Chapter
with Hon. Jeffery J. Funke
We will travel to Omaha to join the Omaha Chapter of Legatus in their event, featuring Judge Jeffery Funke. This event will be held on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11TH.
In 2016, Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Judge Funke  to the Nebraska Supreme Court. Prior to that appointment, Justice Funke, served as a District Court Judge for Cass, Sarpy and Otoe Counties, and as a County Judge for the Second Judicial District. Before his

Aug 21, 2018
Patrick Coffin

“CEO, Leader, Catholic – in reverse order”
with Patrick Coffin
Patrick is the founder of Patrick Coffin Media, a platform devoted to the renewal of culture, through the podcast The Patrick Coffin Show and YouTube channel. He is the former host of the award-winning Catholic Answers Live radio show, and the Catholic Answers Focus podcast. Patrick has interviewed a wide array of leaders, four presidential candidates, actor-director Kevin Costner, Harry Connick, Jr.,

Sep 18, 2018
President Steve Minnis

“The Importance of Mission in your Life”
with President Steve Minnis
A native of St. Joseph, MO, Minnis graduated from Benedictine College in 1982. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University in 1985 and Master’s of Business Administration degree in 1993 from Baker University.
Minnis began his legal career in the county prosecutor’s office for Johnson County, Kansas.  He held the position of director, state regulatory and general attorney at Sprint Corporation for 14 years. He served as

Oct 15, 2018
William E. Simon, Jr.

“Great Catholic Parishes”
with William E. Simon, Jr.
To accommodate Mr. Simon’s schedule, this event will be held on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH at Wilderness Ridge.
Bill Simon, Jr. is co-chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, an investment firm which he co-founded in 1988 with his brother and their father, William E. Simon, Sr., former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
Mr. Simon is co-author of Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation. He is also the Chairman and


Special blessings to these Lincoln Legates with birthdays in April:
Pat Clare ~ Mar 30
Mike Decker ~ Apr 4
Brenda Decker ~ Apr 4
Pat Jones ~ Apr 4
Tami Varilek ~ Apr 8
Pat May ~ Apr 12
Msgr. Barr (Ordination Anniv.) ~ Apr 27
Tony Ojeda ~ Apr 29

Sue Mach
Oct 28, 2015

A Legatus forum is a confidential group of 8-12 individuals meeting monthly to discuss matters of family, business, spiritual and personal interest. Forums deepen the Legatus experience. They provide a trustworthy Catholic, resource for advice on business and personal issues from a Catholic faith perspective as well as prayerful concern for each other.
For more information about joining a Men’s Forum, please contact Ed Malk or for our Women’s Forum, please contact Carol Zink.