Date of Chartering Nov 06, 2001
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
President Jeff Thiede
Chapter Chaplain Most Reverend Peter L. Smith
Welcome to Legatus of Portland!
On November 6, 2001, Legatus’ Portland (Ore.) Chapter entered the ranks of the international organization’s chartered chapters. The event was held in southeast Portland at St. Anthony Parish, the home of the chapter’s first chaplain, Fr. Michael Maslowsky. Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny concelebrated Mass. The renowned Cantores in Eccliesia children’s choir accompanied the celebration of the Mass.
The group had originally been called together at Archbishop Vlazny’s invitation on June 2, 2000, when 15 CEOs and one spouse gathered to discuss the possibility of forming a local chapter. After a period of discernment, these leaders attracted enough additional members to achieve chartering status.
In 2011, the chapter continued to flourish. Forum groups were initiated in 2011 for both the men and the women members. These Forums have helped deepen and broaden members’ relationships and spiritual lives. The chapter has been represented by two national board members—Ed Newbegin (2006–2010) and Joe Williams (2011–present).
The spiritual direction and support from Archbishop Sample and the chapter’s current chaplain, Reverend Peter L. Smith, provides a compass as well as an inspiration to attract and retain a very close group of Catholic leaders in the Portland area community.