Date of Chartering Mar 23, 2004
Diocese of Rockville Centre Bishop William F. Murphy
President Paul Durnan
Chapter Chaplain Monsignor James Vlaun
In March 2004, the Long Island (N.Y.) Chapter became the 46th Legatus chapter after a start-up period of less than six months. The chartering ceremony took place with 24 new member-couples at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York.
Bishop William F. Murphy, S.T.D., the ordinary of the Rockville Centre diocese, presided as the main celebrant of the Mass. Concelebrating with Bishop Murphy were Rev. John McCartney, the chapter’s first chaplain, and Rev. James Williams, the president of Chaminade High School.
During the Mass, Bishop Murphy installed the following chapter officers: Paul and Sherry Durnan, founding co-presidents; John Cameron Jr., vice president; David Bonagura, membership chair; and Patricia Costello, program chair.
The chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month. Speakers have included author George Weigel, Sisters of Life Prioress Mother Agnes Donovan, America magazine editor Rev. Drew Christianson, Catholic University president emeritus Most Reverend David O’Connell, and the late Bowie Kuhn, former Major League Baseball commissioner. Of course, the chapter has the privilege of having Bishop Murphy as guest speaker every year.
The chapter meets in some truly outstanding venues for monthly meetings and members travel to New York City each December to attend the Legatus Northeast Regional Gala.