Date of Chartering Jun 01, 2006
Diocese of Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly
President Jerry Smith
Chapter Chaplain Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly
Legatus’ Wilmington (Del.) Chapter was chartered on June 1, 2006. Founding members included Ellen Barrosse, Maurice Glavin, Francis Pileggi, and Steve Santoleri, who had been members of the Philadelphia Chapter. They enjoyed the organization and decided to work together to establish a chapter in Wilmington. The founders successfully recruited 16 new Catholic couples to establish the group.
Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of the Wilmington Chapter is the strong relationships that members have formed with each other. Over the last five years, members report they have become close friends and have enjoyed the meetings and the organization immensely. The chapter’s monthly events begin with Mass, celebrated by founding Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Cocucci.
After Mass, Legates enjoy a cocktail hour. As dinner is coming to an end, a scheduled speaker makes a presentation before taking questions from members. Several members work together to organize the annual program. Each year the chapter has a picnic in the summer at a member’s home—as well as a special Lenten Meal in March and a Twelfth Night Party in January, also at a member’s home.
The chapter includes people from different professions with a wide array of interests, creating a very dynamic environment. Members report they are currently focusing their efforts on strengthening and growing that chapter.