ANN ARBOR – Legatus International has named Bishop Frank J. Caggiano as its International Chaplain. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, Legatus is an international membership organization of Catholic CEOs and presidents who have committed to study, live, and spread the Catholic faith. In his new role, Caggiano succeeds Bishop Sam Jacobs, Bishop Emeritus of Houma-Thibodeaux, who served from 2010–2020.
As International Chaplain, Caggiano begins a five-year term in which he is charged with overseeing the theological content of Legatus programs, providing guidance to chapter chaplains, and helping members advance spiritually. The International Chaplain is an ex-officio member of the Legatus International Board of Governors. Under Caggiano’s care is the entire Legatus organization which includes over 100 chapters throughout the United States and Canada and comprises 5,000+ members.
Caggiano has long been connected to Legatus having celebrated Masses at the organization’s biannual Summit and its New York City Gala. The Bishop is also a steadfast supporter of the Legatus Fairfield County Chapter (CT) which chartered under his guidance in November 2016. At his January 2021 meeting with Legatus chapter chaplains, Caggiano encouraged his fellow chaplains, “We are now living in a missionary country and Legatus members are poised to be very effective missionaries through their witness of life and as messengers of salvation. I am looking forward to working with you to serve our chapters and members as they rise to the call of heroic holiness.”
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Legatus has continued to experience growth, chartering new chapters in Albany, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami in 2020. Legatus Executive Director, Stephen M. Henley, is enthusiastic as the organization embraces the coming year with Caggiano, “Legatus is blessed to have Bishop Caggiano as International Chaplain, empowering our chapters and members with Christian ethics and values as they navigate the mission field as ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace.”
Founded 34 years ago by entrepreneur and Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan, Legatus is focused on the commission which Pope St. John Paul II gave to the organization in 1988: “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.” By living out the Faith in their business, professional and personal lives, Legatus members represent
a powerful lay ministry in the New Evangelization and in the building up of the Body of Christ in accord with the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church.