Chapters

Legatus’ Milwaukee Chapter was established on July 28, 2000, becoming the organization’s 23rd chartered chapter. At the time of chartering, 35 member-couples composed the largest chartering chapter in Legatus’ history.  Founding Chaplain Fr. Tim Kitzke celebrated the chartering Mass with Archbishop Rembert Weakland. Tom Monaghan and founding member-couple Bob and Nancy Gunderson were in MORE
The Mobile Chapter of Legatus began at the suggestion of Mr. Warren Dazzio, Midwest regional director for Legatus, who had worked in the Mobile archdiocese. He recognized many Catholic leaders in the area. Monsignor G. Warren Wall, the chapter’s first chaplain, was also instrumental in reaching out to potential members. The initial gathering was held at the home of then-Archbishop Oscar H. Li MORE
Legatus’ Napa Valley Chapter was chartered on November 11, 2010. At the event, 22 CEO members and their spouses were invested as charter members following Mass at the Mont La Salle Retreat House in Napa. Each received a Legatus pin and a copy of Legatus founder Tom Monaghan’s autobiography Pizza Tiger. The chapter’s chaplain, Fr. Gordon Kalil, told members they were called to proclaim the MORE
Bishop John Nevins of the Diocese of Venice was the main celebrant at the Mass preceding the chartering ceremony for the Legatus of Naples Chapter on June 24, 2003. The chapter’s founding chaplain, the late Monsignor Robert Schriefer served as concelebrant at St. William Church. Following the Mass and ceremony, 52 new Legates and guests gathered at the Registry Resort (now the Waldorf Astoria MORE
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 MORE
Legatus’ New Orleans Northshore Chapter was launched at a ceremony held at St. Joseph Abbey on September 23, 2003. Archbishop Alfred Hughes and Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B., officiated. The founding members of the Northshore Chapter were all originally members of the New Orleans Chapter. When the membership of the New Orleans Chapter reached 60, Legatus suggested a new chapter be formed for member MORE
The New York City Chapter (formally Manhattan) was chartered November 13, 1997. Brian O’Connor was president, and Fr. George Rutler was the chaplain and Legatus’ international chaplain. Charter members included Nicola and Margarita Arena, Wellington and Ann Mara, Edward and Noreen Sweeney, William and Carol Simon, Peter and Margaret Grace, Joseph and Luciana Vittoria, and others. Wellington MORE
The North Georgia chapter of Legatus is in the process of formation. When fully chartered it will become the second chapter in Georgia. We are grateful to His Excellency, Archbishop Wilton Gregory and his blessing of our efforts to grow Legatus in North Georgia and surrounding areas.  And we are eager to welcome those who have an interest to join. MORE
The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter—Green Bay/Appleton—was spearheaded by Deacon Jim Asmuth, the retired president of a sizable tissue manufacturer. Asmuth had been attending Milwaukee Chapter meetings and desired to launch a new chapter closer to home, 100 miles to the north. The founding chapter board consisted of Asmuth, Bill Raaths (who became chapter president) and his wife Natalie, Mike a MORE
On June 29, 2000, Legatus’ Northern New Jersey Chapter achieved history as the first chapter to be launched and chartered at its first meeting. Twenty-six couples attended the historic event and were invested as charter members of what was then called the Morris County Chapter. Most Reverend Frank Rodimer, then-bishop of Paterson (N.J.), was the main celebrant of the chartering Mass. Bishop MORE