Date of Chartering Sep 23, 2003
Archdiocese of New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond
President Jonathan Kernion
Chapter Chaplain Father Matthew Clark, O.S.B.
Legatus’ New Orleans Northshore Chapter was launched at a ceremony held at St. Joseph Abbey on September 23, 2003. Archbishop Alfred Hughes and Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B., officiated. The founding members of the Northshore Chapter were all originally members of the New Orleans Chapter. When the membership of the New Orleans Chapter reached 60, Legatus suggested a new chapter be formed for members living north of Lake Pontchartrain.
The original eight members recruited new members and chartered with 27 CEO members. Tom Monaghan, who was unavailable for the chartering, visited the newly formed chapter the following month to welcome the new chapter and its members. Founding chaplains were Fr. Ronald Caulkins and Fr. Rodney Bourg. Regional director Brian Von Gruben was instrumental in founding the chapter.
The founding officers were: Steve Stumpf, president; Deacon Rusty Read, treasurer; Jack Donahue, member chair; Mary Jane Becker, program chair; John Becker, director; Michael Holy, director; and Monty Montgomery, director.
Founding President Steve Stumpf has served on the Legatus Board of Governors. Two chapter members, Deacon Rusty Read and Cookie Read, were recognized as Legatus’ 2010 Officers of the Year. The chapter continues to grow in membership, fellowship, and spirituality, always striving to live the Legatus mission.