Date of Chartering Aug 22, 2000
Archdiocese of New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond
President Larry Merington
Chapter Chaplain Reverend Ronald L. Calkins
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.