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
Mar 20, 2018

Cloisters on the Platte
with Joe Ricketts

Having spent more than 35 years helping to establish and run the world’s largest online brokerage, Joe Ricketts today has returned to his roots, focusing on a variety of entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures.
A pioneer in the use of technology to revolutionize the financial services sector, Mr. Ricketts founded the company now known as TD Ameritrade, a securities industry leader that empowers self-directed investors with powerful and innovative investment tools and training.
After graduating Creighton

Apr 17, 2018
Omar Gutiérrez

“Vocation of a Business Leader”
with Dcn. Omar Gutiérrez
Deacon Omar Gutiérrez is the Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Archdiocese of Omaha and an Instructor with Holy Family School of Faith, which aims to invite adults to become missionary disciples through immersion in the teachings of Christ Jesus . An alumnus of Franciscan University, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and the

May 15, 2018
Michael O'Neill

“How the Catholic Church Investigates the Supernatural”
with Michael O’Neill
Michael O’Neill is a miracle researcher, Relevant Radio host, author, and creator of the website, the top online resource on miracles cited worldwide in news articles and books, including throughout renowned Mariologist Fr. René Laurentin’s comprehensive work “The Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary” (2010 Edizioni ART).
O’Neill, a graduate of Stanford University and member of the Mariological Society of America and the

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.,


Special blessings to these Lincoln Legates with birthdays in March:
Joan Malk ~ Mar 14
Janet Allison ~ Mar 15
Alan Slattery ~ Mar 22
Rex Largen ~ Mar 24
Shirley Huss ~ Mar 25
Ruth Slattery ~ Mar 25
Pat Clare ~ Mar 30

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.