Chapters

On May 11, 2016, Legatus’ Omaha Chapter celebrated the 15-year anniversary of its inaugural pre-meeting of May 8, 2001. Michael Dahir and his wife Mary Jo were the “stem-winders” for the chapter, which chartered on December 12, 2001, at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Thus Omaha became the 28th chapter to be welcomed into the Legatus family. Omaha Archbishop Eldon F. Curtiss and Legatus found MORE
When it comes to the Golden State, Legatus is colored orange—as in Orange County, that is, which boasts four chapters: Orange County, Orange Coast, San Juan Capistrano, and the newest, the Orange Canyons Chapter. When Orange Canyons chartered with 41 CEO members on November 18, 2011, it became Legatus’ latest chapter and its latest success story. Orange Canyons set a Legatus record for the MORE
The founding members of Orange Coast Chapter had a vision in 1996 to launch a chapter focused on the importance of each individual member-couple and intentionally created a culture of spiritual engagement and community building. Today, the chapter continues to foster these same principles. When asked what makes their chapter so special, the Orange Coast members say: “Everyone in the chapt MORE
Tim and Susan Strader accepted the challenge to organize Legatus’ Orange County Chapter in 1989. They worked with a dedicated group, including founding chaplain Monsignor Bill McLaughlin and founding members Roger and Gail Kirwan, Ken and Barbara Strottman, Carl and Margaret Karcher, and others. The early leaders took on the responsibilities of board officers and planned the programs for the fir MORE
In early 1990, William (Bill) and Joanne Brown were approached to explore the possibility of starting a Legatus chapter in Orlando, Florida. By May 1990, the first Orlando Chapter meeting was held, and Bill Brown was named president.  By fall Fr.Robert Webster signed on as the first Chaplain and nurtured the spiritual lives of members for six years. Succeeding Chaplains included Fr. John McCor MORE
The Palm Springs Chapter began development in the fall of 1999 and was chartered in 2002. The first chaplain was Fr. Jack Barker, who has subsequently been succeeded by Fr. Howard Lincoln, each of whom was instrumental in shaping the character of the chapter by providing spiritual guidance. The idea for the chapter was the brainchild of Timothy Busch of the Orange County Chapter and Ray Rodeno MORE
Legatus’ Pasadena Chapter was organized in 1993 with great help from Tim Busch, Ray Rodeno, and members of the Orange County Chapter. Its chartering took place on January 11, 1994. The first official meeting was at Annandale Golf Club and the speaker was Dr. George St. Laurent. Monsignor Clement J. Connolly served as chaplain. The chapter slowly grew to approximately 50 members and has stayed MORE
The Peoria Chapter of Legatus was started in 2003 when Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Monsignor William Watson, and four Peoria-area couples met with Tom McDonald, Legatus’ Great Lakes regional director, to informally discuss establishing a Legatus chapter in the central Illinois city. The idea took root and attracted enthusiastic Catholic business leaders and their spouses from acros MORE
Legatus was still in its infancy—only five months old—when the Philadelphia Chapter held its original informational meeting at the residence of then-Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua in October 1987. Thirteen potential member-couples were invited to attend the meeting. Through Archbishop Bevilacqua’s approval and support, the chapter had grown to 50 people by the time it chartered as Legatus’ MORE
  Phoenix became the 44th chartered chapter of Legatus on October 6, 2004, as Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead celebrated Mass and the investiture of charter members. Joining Bishop Olmstead at the Diocesan Center Chapel in downtown Phoenix was chapter chaplain Fr. James Wall, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.   Following the ceremonies, a festive dinner and reception were h MORE