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

 

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…

Ernest “E.J.” Alvarez III June 2016

E.J. doesn’t have to go far to bump into some fellow brothers. His father, Ernest Jr., joined the council in February and took his major degree about two weeks later. The Alvarezes’ next-door neighbor is Tony Gonzalez, who joined in 2015 and took his major degree soon after. E.J. acknowledged he’s “following in my father’s…

Mario Mejia May 2016

Mario said he had been thinking for quite some time about joining the Knights. “It was time to join now,” he said. Al Alonzo was his sponsor, but Mario said he didn’t have to have his arm twisted. Mario came to the United States from the Philippines in 1990 and, following one month in California,…

Ronnie Ellis June 2016

Ronnie is a 30-year Knight who just transferred in from Council 3593 in Oak Cliff. You’ve probably seen him at multiple events at Holy Spirit as a member of Assembly 2799 and the Color Corps, which he has been captain of for the past five years. Ronnie is a Dallas native and a graduate of…

Charles Esimai May 2016

Charles is a hospitality minister at the 11:30 Sunday Mass. He is a retired teacher living in Duncanville. Charles is from Nigeria. He came to the United States in 1973 to earn his master’s degree in metallurgy (the science of making metals) and later a doctorate in that, from M.I.T. He previously got a bachelor’s…

“Nick” Ogbuezi May 2016

The emotion in Nick’s voice as he introduced himself at the end of his First Degree ceremony was obvious. He described entry into the Order as a dream come true. Nick had tried to become a Knight multiple times in his native Nigeria only to be denied. He moved to Dallas recently in search of…

Howard Bohlin May 2016

Howard has been a parishioner since 1991, when he retired from the Air Force and moved to the Dallas area – DeSoto, specifically – where is home for his wife, Elaine. You’ll probably recognize his voice from being one of the regular readers during the Easter Vigil Mass. A Chicago native, he flew C-5 transports…

Jose Perales March 216

Jose Perales, chef by trade, pitched in immediately in the kitchen at our April breakfast. Jose and wife Ramona moved to Duncanville a few years ago from Midland, where he’d joined the Knights back in the 1970s. Jose is a baker at Panera Bread in Cedar Hill, and Ramona works at Duncanville High. They’ll celebrate…

Arthur Migala Feb 2016

Arthur Migala recently reactivated his membership after initially joining in the late 1990s. He’s the son of long-time 8157 member Les Migala. Arthur and wife Leslie live in Duncanville and have been married 17 years. He left Duncanville High after three years and finished high school in Munich, Germany after his father was transferred there…

Keith Kelm Feb 2016

Keith Kelm recently transferred from Council 8147 at St. Joseph’s in Waxahachie. He joined the order last September, added his major degrees but was particularly interested in being a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly 2799 that our council is part of and moved his membership to 8157. Keith and wife Sandra were married in…

Miguel Lozano Feb 2016

Miguel Lozano engages in activities like running and obstacle races. “If I stand still, I fall asleep,” he says. Miguel lives in south Arlington with wife Viana and their daughters, Isa (13) and Ella (11), who attend St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Oak Cliff. Miguel is from Monterrey, Mexico and came to Texas 26 years…

 


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