Date of Chartering Jun 22, 1998
Archdiocese of Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich
President David Brochu
Chapter Chaplain Father Andrew Wawrzyn
On June 22, 1998, Michael Jordan was on the cover of TIME, the Cubs lost to the Phillies and the Sox lost to the Twins, and the Chicago Symphony recovered a prized $1,000,000 viola almost two years after their principal violist left it on the curb while loading some things in the trunk of his car. Just another day in the Windy City…but for one special event.
At 6 o’clock that evening a group of Chicago Catholic business executives and their spouses assembled to celebrate the chartering of Legatus’ Chicago Chapter. The Mass was concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Lyne, Fr. Dudley Day (the chapter’s founding chaplain), and Fr. George Rutler, Legatus’ national chaplain.
After wards, 115 Legates and guests heard Cardinal Francis George and Tom Monaghan address them, encouraging chapter president John Hunt to lead the chapter in the spirit and mission of Legatus.
As program chair, the late Tom Roeser helped the chapter twice win the Campbell Award for program excellence. Over the years, the chapter has enjoyed presentations by such noted presenters as Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr. Robert Spitzer, Admiral Jeremiah Denton, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Sr. Rosalind Moss, George Weigel, and Edwin Meese.
In 2010, the Chicago Chapter traveled to Rome. A year later, they hosted the 2011 Legatus Summit in Naples, Florida. The chapter has also been instrumental in organizing the 2011–2012 Legatus National Eucharistic Adoration Initiative.
The Chicago Chapter of Legatus was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 24, 2012
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