Date of Chartering Jun 04, 2014
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades
President Sheila Witous
Chapter Chaplain Father Terry Coonan
On June 4, 2014, the South Bend-Elkhart Chapter became the 73rd chartered chapter of Legatus, the third in the state of Indiana along with Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
Legates from Northern Indiana gathered for their chartering Mass with Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades at St. Patrick’s Parish in South Bend, Ind. He was joined by concelebrant Fr. Terry Coonan, the chapter’s founding chaplain.
The celebration continued at LaSalle Grill in downtown South Bend with remarks from Bishop Rhoades, Legatus executive director John Hunt, chapter president Kurt Meyer and others.
Meyer said he and his wife first heard about Legatus shortly after Christmas, just in time for the chapter’s first meeting in February with Legatus founder Tom Monaghan.
“I started researching Legatus and I said, ‘Julie this is for me. It’s the right time, right place. I think this is what God’s telling me to do: to blend my Catholic faith and my business leadership skills,’” he said. “Being able to blend your business skills with your faith is very hard in today’s world, but it’s more important than ever.”
Father Coonan agreed. “Legatus brings these important Catholics together to talk about things and learn how to survive the struggles of business life with your faith intact.”
We are grateful to His Excellency, Bishop Kevin Rhoades and his blessing of our efforts to grow Legatus in the South Bend and Elkhart areas. And we continue to welcome those who have an interest to learning more about Legatus and consider joining our growing chapter.