Date of Chartering Nov 14, 2001
Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell CM
Chapter Chaplain Reverend Daniel E. Kirk
The Legatus Jersey Shore Chapter was chartered on November 14, 2001. The event took place at St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, New Jersey, presided over by Monsignor Leonard Troiano. Instrumental in encouraging members to form the chapter, Monsignor Troiano also served as the first chaplain.
Former national chaplain Fr. George Rutler represented Legatus at the chartering ceremony. Members of the neighboring Manhattan and Philadelphia Chapters were on hand to provide an extra measure of support. Located in the Diocese of Trenton, the new chapter was approved and encouraged by then- Bishop John M. Smith.
Monsignor Troiano urged the members that “to be commissioned as ambassadors for Christ is a life-long commitment and challenge” and that “the Church is in much need of your example.”
Following the Mass, members gathered for a festive dinner at the century-old Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club. At the program, outgoing chapter president Jim Manhardt told the members, “In this room we have built relationships that mean more than anything else. In our relationships we share Christ.”
Inaugural officers following the chartering included Bernie Berry, president; Rosemary Harris, vice president; Susan Duff, secretary; Jim Manhardt, treasurer; and Monsignor Troiano, chaplain.