Date of Chartering Aug 26, 2004
Diocese of Baton Rouge Bishop Robert W. Muench
President Jeff Koonce
Chapter Chaplain Father Miles Walsh
The Baton Rouge Chapter of Legatus began with a dinner given at Our Lady of Mercy Church in November 2003. Many Louisiana Legates and guest couples responded to the invitation of founding chaplain, Fr. Miles Walsh. These participants in what proved to be the first gathering of the new Baton Rouge chapter came to hear former New Orleans Saint Danny Abramowicz and the late Paul Nalty of the New Orleans Chapter describe Legatus’ mission.
At that time, three current members of the Baton Rouge Chapter were already enrolled in the New Orleans Chapter: Ronnie LaBorde, Scott St. Cyr, and Tim Barfield. With the assistance of Legatus staff, attendees at that first meeting formed a board for the purpose of founding a new chapter in Louisiana’s capital city. In August 2004, Baton Rouge was chartered at a Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert Muench, bishop of Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge became the 43rd formally chartered chapter of Legatus.
Founding officers included: Ronnie LaBorde, President; Sam Lavergne, Vice President; Scott St. Cyr, Secretary; and Charles Schutte, Treasurer. Twenty couples made up the founding membership of the Baton Rouge Chapter. At the end of 2011, the Baton Rouge Chapter boasted 84 member-couples, and celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary in 2014. The chapter gathers on the fourth Thursday of each month at Our Lady of Mercy Church for Confession, Rosary, and Mass at 6:00 p.m., followed by the monthly chapter event and dinner at a nearby country club.