In 1965 came the ultimate: the Chicago Comitium was elevated to the status of Senatus, the highest governing body in our area. Ruth Prendergast, who had already served one term as president of the Comitium, became the first president of the Senatus. Msgr. McMahon was appointed Spiritual Director and Father Herne Assistant Spiritual Director.
The first official move was a very successful Congress held in our headquarters at Loyola University. The Second Vatican Council was just getting under way and everything was upbeat. That Congress was the forerunner of the many successful officers’ weekend meeting that were to be held in the future. The Senatus was now under the Conciliurn Legionis in Dublin, and various councils in the Midwest and Western United States were now under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Senatus. Our president and her committee spent many hours lining up the various councils and appointing a correspondent to each. The first year was a little difficult, but with everyone’s cooperation, we were on our way.