Date of Chartering May 10, 2007
Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Michael F. Olson
President Ed Gray
Chapter Chaplain Father Cruz Manuel Holguin
With 20 couples in attendance, Legatus of Fort Worth was formally chartered on May 10, 2007. Its founding officers were Chapter President Bill Petrelli; Treasurer, Lynne Alpar; and Membership Chair Jim Leito. We are celebrating our ten year anniversary in May of this year and have had many top rated speakers over the years. Fr. Manuel Holguin currently serves as our Chaplain.
All monthly events are preceded by Holy Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral followed by a dinner and program at the historic Fort Worth Club. Past programs have included renowned Catholic speakers such as author Scott Hahn, radio personality Teresa Tomeo, Inside the Vatican Robert Moynihan, and Rosiland Moss, now Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God.
Although we currently boast twenty-eight “member couples”, the chapter is a welcome home to single members as well. Of course every member benefits from the spiritual and social fruits of gathering together on a monthly basis, celebrating Holy Mass, enjoying a five star dinner and program, and relaxing in the company of like-minded Catholic business leaders.
As a group we have been to a Texas Ranger’s baseball game, had a day of reflection at a member’s lake house, and attended an annual Christmas party at the home of our Chapter President’s. Many members have been on pilgrimage together including the October 2011 visit to the Holy Land with Steve Ray. A bonus to some members are monthly Forum meetings, smaller scale gatherings of men and (separately) women. These events foster a spirit of sharing and mentorship that benefit the participants.re
Janet Morana serves as the Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world’s largest mobilization of women and men who have lost children to abortion. Janet’s talk, Shockwaves: Abortions Wider Circle of Victims, highlights that when a child is aborted, that death wounds not only the mother, but also all the people naturally connected to that child, father, grandparents and more. In this moment when abortion is being treated as a political issue, or just ‘one of many
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, originally from PA, studied theology at Oxford University and was ordained as an Anglican priest and served as chaplain at Cambridge and country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that the Anglican Church and I were on divergent paths, he and his family were received into the Catholic Church in 1995. His family continued to live in England until 2006 when the door opened to return to the US and be ordained a Catholic priest. He
Bishop Michael Olson celebrates Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Legatus Fort Worth chapter, which was celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary.
Jodi and Jack Sheedy of Arlington sing a hymn during Mass celebrating Legatus Fort Worth’s 10th anniversary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Rev. Manuel Holguin is the chaplain of the Legatus Fort Worth chapter.
Members of Legatus Fort Worth chapter gather for Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate the group’s 10th anniversary.
Members of the Legatus Fort
A Legatus forum is a confidential group of 8-12 individuals meeting monthly to discuss matters of family, business, spiritual and personal interest. Forums deepen the Legatus experience. They provide a trustworthy Catholic, resource for advice on business and personal issues from a Catholic faith perspective as well as prayerful concern for each other.
For more information regarding our Men’s Forum, please contact Joe Monteleone or for our Ladies Forum, please contact Dana Milliken.