Lincoln Chapter

Date of Chartering Jun 21, 2005

Diocese of Lincoln Bishop James D. Conley

President Paul Dongilli

Chapter Chaplain Monsignor Liam Barr


Chapter History

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: Paul Dongilli
Vice-President: John Woodrich
Treasurer: Luke Benes
Secretary: Don McClure
Past President: Ed Malk
Membership Chair: Jody Olsson
Membership Vice-Chair: Marilyn Dongilli
Program Chair: Karen Largen
Program Vice-Chair: 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
Jul 18, 2017
Annual Summer Social

“A Tradition Unlike any Other”
Join us for our Annual Summer Social, as we play our own version of “The Masters”. If you’re not a golfer, don’t worry, we won’t be going past the putting greens. We’ll also have plenty of time to catch ups with your fellow Legates and to enjoy dinner together.  May the best player win the green jacket!

Tuesday, July 18th
Casual Attire
5:30PM – Confessions and Holy Rosary
6:00PM – Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
John XXIII Diocesan Center
3700 Sheridan Blvd.

Join us anytime after 5:30 to visit with fellow Legates, take a boat ride around the island and enjoy the summer evening.
Drinks and plenty of hors d’oeuvres will be provided for all to enjoy.

Tuesday, July 23rd
Casual Attire
5:30PM – ????
Craig & Marge Buescher’s Home
15803  Middle Island Dr.
South Bend, NE  68058
RSVP optional: Call or text Marge at (402) 984-2017, email to or respond online.      

Aug 15, 2017
Holly Schapker

“Christian Spirituality and the Creative Process”
with Holly Schapker
Holly Schapker resides and works in Cincinnati, OH.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University’s Art Department.  She continued her painting education by studying under Michael Scott for ten years, whose fine art teaching process has a strong focus on painting outdoors. Her work has been the subject of many regional publications, including print, television, and radio. Holly has been invited to demonstrate her painting techniques and creative process to universities

Sep 19, 2017
Teresa Tomeo

“Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic”
with Teresa Tomeo
We’ll be joined by the Omaha Chapter of Legatus for this event featuring Teresa Tomeo. Teresa is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, 

Oct 17, 2017
Rev. Daniel Hendrickson

“Challenges Facing our Catholic Universities”
with Rev. Daniel Hendrickson
Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J. is the 25th president of Creighton University. A Nebraska native, Fr. Hendrickson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Marquette University in 1993, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1994. He received his master’s in philosophical resources from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.
Fr. Hendrickson’s first

Nov 21, 2017
Panel Discussion

“Being a Good Shepherd in Business”
We are blessed to have three of our diocesan priests and one of our own Legatus members joining us for a panel discussion about how to run our businesses following a Catholic moral compass. Our own Chaplain, Msgr. Liam Barr, Fr. Charles Townsend, Pastor of St. Peter Church, and Fr. Steven Major, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Crete, along with Paul Dongilli, CEO of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and our Chapter President, will discuss how our

Dec 19, 2017
An Advent Celebration

An Advent Celebration
Join us for an evening of celebrating and socializing as we anticipate the wonder of Christ’s birth.

Tuesday, April 18th 
Business Attire
5:30PM – Confessions and Holy Rosary
6:00PM – Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
John XXIII Diocesan Center
3700 Sheridan Blvd.
6:45PM – Social, Dinner and Presentation
The Country Club of Lincoln
3200 So. 24th St

Sue Mach
Aug 20, 2016

Special blessings to these Lincoln Legates with birthdays in May:
Jennifer Jones ~ May 1
Ronald Huss ~ May 2
Tom O’Connell ~ May 16
Bill Lundak ~ May 23
Gary Hoebelheinrich ~ May 27

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.

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