Sharing the faith and growing Legatus
By virtue of our membership in the Church, we are all called to share our faith. Likewise, when we find something good, we are compelled to share it with others.
I cannot tell you how many Legates over the years have shared with me that Legatus has changed their lives! Or how many bishops have commented on the impact that having a chapter in their diocese has made. Who does not want Catholics in their community to be well formed and on fire about their faith? And if those Catholics are also business leaders who are blessed with gifts and resources to serve the Church and their communities, how can that not strengthen the Church?
As I mentioned in my last column, I am working closely with Stephen Henley and the Legatus staff (both at the headquarters and in the field) to have all the support and systems in place to both start new chapters and grow our existing ones. However, members know from personal experience that current members recruit the vast majority of our new members, and with such a small percentage of the population who qualify for Legatus, most advertising is not worthwhile. Since most people who qualify for Legatus have never been approached, most have not heard of Legatus, let alone know about our mission and the kind of support and spiritual growth that our members experience.
Cardinal Bevilacqua once called Legatus the most effective lay organization in the Church in the country… Just think about how much more effective it could be if there were more members.
I truly believe we have the potential to transform the Church by inviting fellow Catholic CEOs to join Legatus. As you reflect on the impact that Legatus has had on your life and the life of your spouse, I encourage you to prayerfully consider who you might invite to an upcoming chapter meeting… it could change their life — and the lives of countless others — forever.
TOM MONAGHAN is Legatus’ founder, chairman and CEO.