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Saint John Paul II was clear in his charge to Legatus in 1998 when he said: “The world needs genuine witnesses to Christian ethics in the field of business and the Church asks you to fulfill this role publicly, with courage and perseverance.”
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New Legatus Chapter Begins in St. Charles
By Amanda Hudson
(First published in the March 25 issue of The Observer)
CHARLES—Tom Monahan, founder of Legatus, an international Catholic organization for business leaders, spoke March 15 at the St. Charles Chapter’s chartering celebration.
Bishop David Malloy celebrated the chartering Mass at St. John Neumann Church with Father David Peck, pastor of St. John Neumann and spiritual advisor for Legatus in the Diocese of Rockford.
Bishop Malloy said in his homily that “Legatus has been ahead of its time” in its efforts to bring ethics and the Catholic faith to business executives and, through them, “to the heart and soul” of business. This group, he added, “recognizes that Christ is always the answer.”
Calling Legatus “a gift,” the bishop noted that it offers business executives the opportunity to “support and be supported, to challenge and be challenged” by each other as they strive to grow in faith through the sacraments, study and “the joy to be with others” on that same quest.
“I appreciate also (the group’s) emphasis on marriage … and family,” Bishop Malloy added.
He also spoke of the potential for Legatus members to employ their faith in their relationship with their employees.
Referring to the first reading, he called the members to leadership, pointing to Moses’ assistance to God’s people as they wandered in the desert.
“When they fall,” he said, Moses “is there as a leader to help them get up again.”
Monahan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza and Ave Maria University in Florida, spoke at the dinner after the Mass, at Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles.
He said as soon as he learned that the Latin word “Legatus” means “ambassador,” he knew that would be the name of the organization he was founding, which sees its members as “ambassadors in the marketplace.”
“Our one purpose, our only project is the members,” he told those gathered.
The Legatus Mission stated in the St. Charles Chapter’s 2016 program is “To study, live and spread the faith in our business, professional and personal lives.”
Monahan said he receives thanks from Legatus members wherever he speaks.
“It’s changed so many lives,” he said.
Later, Father Peck posed several questions to Monahan, who spoke off the cuff about why Domino’s Pizza was so successful. It started in campus towns, he said, had a great franchise system with proven managers, and was the first pizza business to focus on delivery.
In response to a question about a book that changed him, Monahan said for years he has read approximately a book each week, but the one that had the biggest impact on him was “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis.
New Legatus members received pins and copies of the Cathecism of the Catholic Church.