New Orleans Chapter

Date of Chartering Aug 22, 2000

Archdiocese of New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond

President Larry Merington

Chapter Chaplain Reverend Ronald L. Calkins

 

Chapter History

In 1995, Fr. Joseph Doyle, president of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, was on retreat in Detroit where he learned about Legatus. The idea of such an organization was so much on his heart that throughout his retreat, the priest prayed for Legatus to take root in New Orleans.

Not long after this, Mary Giaquinto, a friend of Tom Monaghan, presented the idea to local businessman, Joseph Canizaro, whom God truly used as the instrument to found Legatus in New Orleans in October 1999. The chapter was chartered with what was then a record number of members (37 couples) in August 2000 at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Francis Schulte. Thus the New Orleans Chapter became the 22nd in the Legatus family.

The New Orleans Chapter founding officers were: Joe Canizaro, founder/president; Alden McDonald, vice president; Jack Dardis, secretary; Joe Wink, treasurer; Gregory O’Brien, program chairman; and Steve Stumpf, membership chairman. Chaplains then and now are Frs. Joseph Doyle, Neal McDermott and Andrew “T” Taormina.

Members and their guests attend monthly meetings featuring dynamic speakers who truly inspire to become ambassadors in the workplace. A most special meeting is the chapter’s annual vocations meeting at Notre Dame Seminary with dinner for all seminarians and faculty, sponsored by Legatus members.

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Leadership

Chapter Officers

President: Larry Merington
Vice-President: Michael Nolan
Treasurer: Jan Merington
Secretary: John Blancher
Past President: Jim LaPorte
Membership Chair: Tom Sandeman
Program Chair: John Blancher
Directors: Joe Canizaro
Ralph Capitelli
Lou Rodriguez

Chapter Chaplain

Reverend Ronald L. Calkins
Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena
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Chapter Coordinator

Mimi Kelly
332 East Avenue
Harahan, LA 70123
504-343-2478
legatus.mimi@aol.com

Regional Director

Ken Darnell
734-476-4419
kdarnell@legatus.org
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