New Members

The lifeblood of this council is its new members!

T he lifeblood of this council is new members.  Without the passion and energy and ideas of new members, the council would soon become stale and lethargic and lose conviction and purpose.  It is with great pleasure, then, that we welcome these new members into our council and let us all encourage these new men to display their talents and energy for the good of the order.

Orientation meeting for New Knights

At the start of every quarter there will be an orientation meeting for new Knights to help them learn their way around our council. This will take place 1 hour before the general meetings on the:

First Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM in January, April, July and October.

Contact the Awareness Committee for more information.


 Welcome New Knights

 

Wendell Jean Pierre – April 2018

Wendell had done extensive reading related to increasing his faith life, including research on the Knights, when he was invited to join our council by Tony Gonzalez during a Holy Spirit ACTS retreat. Joining 8157 is just the latest chapter in his long and varied life. Wendell grew up in New Orleans, graduated from St….

Julian Rios – February 2018

A transfer from Council 14549 at St. Maria Goretti parish in Arlington, his first name is pronounced “HOO-lee-on.” Julian grew up in the South Texas town of Crystal City (spinach capital of the world!) and joined the Knights in 2010 in the San Antonio-area town of Helotes because he wanted to be part of a…

Mike Lewis – January 2018

“One of these days … One of these days.” That’s what Mike thought about joining the Knights beginning with when he went through RCIA at Holy Spirit in 2012. The time finally arrived last year, after he attended an ACTS retreat and acted on the advice of our Tony Gonzalez. Mike went through exemplification in…

Aaron Rohmer – October 2017

Aaron was inducted into the council in October. The Cedar Hill resident didn’t take the typical path to joining our ranks. A council member usually identifies a likely candidate while attending Mass or being involved in some sort of service to Holy Spirit Parish. In Aaron’s case, he didn’t require any prompting, any invitation. He…

Elvis Fajardo – September 2017

Elvis Fajardo, who joined our council in September, was in the middle of a job transfer from New Orleans to Dallas during the late summer of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast. He and his family technically weren’t evacuees in making their move to north Texas, but they experienced hardships nonetheless related to…

Will Quezada – April 2017

Will and his wife, Maria Isabel, live in Dallas not far from Holy Spirit. They regularly attend the downtown Cathedral, which Will has done since his family moved to the area from Mexico in 1974. “It became home,” he said. They’re both Eucharistic Ministers at the 12:30 Mass, and Will is also head of the…

Edward Dzuvilla – April 2017

  Edward is a financial adviser for Wells Fargo, coming down to our neck of the U.S. woods from Connecticut during his career in sales-related positions. Wife Rachel is the principal at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School. His daughter, Annie, is graduating from the University of Maryland and headed for law school at SMU….

Tim Miller – November 2016

Tim is dealing with an autumn in which his favorite teams — Notre Dame and the Mavericks — haven’t fared well. He lives in Grand Prairie with his wife of 14 years, Sherry, and their three children — son Braden (10) and daughters McKinley (7) and Sydney (just short of 1 year old). Tim also…

Clark Fajardo – November 2016

Clark is single and lives in Cedar Hill. He works as a nurse tech at Methodist Dallas Hospital and is scheduled to graduate from El Centro’s nursing program next May. He’s studying mightily now for three fall semester final exams. The first half of his final spring semester will consist of 96 hours of clinical…

Leonardo Estrada – October 2016

Almost immediately after moving to our area just over 4 years ago, Leonardo and Amparo Estrada joined Holy Spirit Catholic Church and became active members of our parish. Leonardo has been a Lector and both he and wife Amparo have participated in Adult Faith Formation Groups. They recently hosted the girls that came for the…

Inspiration in the First Degree

On Tuesday evening October 25, 2016 our Degree Team performed another inspiring ceremony and welcomed into the order ten new Knights. Three other councils brought their candidates in from Dallas and Grand Prairie while our own Council 8157 welcomed one new Knight, Leonardo Estrada from Holy Spirit Parish. Despite the crowded room conditions we had to…

Victor Zaragoza Jr. – July 2016

Victor was invited to join the council by La’Don Wright at one of our recent Friday afternoon snow-cone handouts under the church bell tower. He grew up in Dallas, graduating from Townview High, Mountain View College and getting a degree from the online University of Phoenix. Victor is employed by a law firm in Plano,…

Zachary Presas – July 2016

Zachary comes the latest “legacy” member of our council. He’s the son of Ramon Presas III, who joined 8157 in 2003. Zachary is a recent graduate of Midlothian High. He was involved in the school’s competitive entrepreneur program; three students were selected to participate from 500 hopefuls, and Zachary was the first one chosen. He’ll…

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Sanka Jayasinghe – July 2016

Sanka and his family moved to Cedar Hill about a year ago. He and wife Thilini have been married eight years. They have two children, son Saren (6) and daughter Sanara (4). Sanka is a supervisor at a cement plant warehouse in Midlothian. He was invited to join the council by Bob Motta. Sanka is…

Jeff Traub

Jeffrey Traub May 2016

Jeff joined the order shortly after the recent passings of his mother, Burma Wodek, and his stepfather, Ken Wodek. And he has since often asked a fellow member of the Saturday 5:30 choir, Tom Greco: “Do you think my mom and Ken are proud of me?” We’re sure they are. Jeff wasted little time in…

 


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