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

 

Dan Kurtenbach Feb 2016

Dan Kurtenbach joins us thanks to his joining the coaching staff at South Grand Prairie, where he’s coaching outside linebackers on the football team and also the throwers on the track team. Dan grew up in Oklahoma City, attended Oklahoma State and is in his 19th year of coaching. “I like to inspire young men,…

Benny Klein – February 2016

Benny Klein’s explanation for joining the Knights is a familiar one: “Jim worked on me,” he said, referring to Jim Kowalski. Benny and wife Ronda live in Cedar Hill and are a couple of West Texas natives who came to this area in 1994. They met while attending high school in the small town of…

Ernest Alvarez – February 2016

Ernest Alvarez’s service to the council preceded his formal membership. He has prepared fish tacos for our first two fish fries this Lenten season and then went through his exemplification ceremony on the final Tuesday of February. He joined the Knights at the invitation of another relatively new brother, Tony Gonzalez, in a “payback” of…

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Hector Rubio January 2016

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Hector Rubio came to our area in the early nineties and has been living in Duncanville since 1992. After attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Dallas he started attending Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Inspired by the assistance he recently received from our council’s Knight Hands program with a couple of challenging…

Luis “Tony” Gonzalez November 2015

Luis “Tony” Gonzalez was encouraged by his brother Elio Gonzalez to join the Knights of Columbus.  And so it was on Tuesday November 24th that Tony was inducted into the Knights of Columbus by the 1st degree team of Council 8157.    Tony and his wife Rosalinda have attended both Holy Spirit and Holy Cross over…

Edmond Cordova III October 2015

Edmond Cordova III and his family have been a member of this parish for the past 7 years and have lived in Grand Prairie for the last 4 years. Edmond heard about and was convinced to join the Knights of Columbus during the recent Eucharistic breakfast. Both he and his wife (Dwana) are part of…

Dan Keough October 2015

At the conclusion of the 1st degree induction ceremony on October 27, Dan Keough said “you guys have been chasing me for 10 years”. And with the recruiting efforts of Jack Anderson, Tom Greco, Jim Russell, and Andy Goza, we are happy to welcome Dan into the ranks of the Knights of Columbus. Although born…

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Freddy Vazquez – August 2015

Freddy Vazquez recently began the second year of his new adventure – teaching at Mark Twain Elementary School in the Dallas ISD following 34 years in the U.S. Army. He was living in Puerto Rico a year ago and responded to DISD’s recruiting of bi-lingual teachers. Freddy grew up in New York before moving to…

Charles Turner – August 2015

Music has long been at the core of Charles Turner’s life. He studied music in college and was a band director and/or music teacher for 36 years before retiring in 2009. He has been a member of Holy Spirit’s choir at the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass for the past three years. Charles joined our council…

Jeff Wallace – August 2015

Jeff comes to our council only months after completing Holy Spirit’s RCIA program. He’s originally from Louisiana, where his grandparents being Catholic was a significant influence on him. Jeff lives in Duncanville, moving to this area from Virginia Beach, and attended UT-Arlington. He works in real estate and also does consulting for a physicians staffing…

Heleodoro Gonzalez – May 2015

The youth baseball concession stands in Cedar Hill has been the council’s primary source of revenue for years and also directly contributed to 8157’s membership rolls recently. Heleodoro – or “Elio” – was watching one of his sons play at the Valley Ridge complex when he struck up a conversation at the concession stand with…

Clint Kinard – March 2015

The council’s Kinard contingent continues to grow. Clint’s father, Rod, joined 8157 in 2010. Older brother Travis became a member two years ago. Clint lives in Duncanville just a few doors down from his parents. He’s married to Katie, and they have three daughters – Nevaeh (4), Lyla (3) and Trystan (who just turned 2)….

Richard Juarez – March 2015

Richard grew up in Dallas, moved to DeSoto in November 2013 and is looking forward to becoming more involved as a Holy Spirit parishioner – including with the Knights. He graduated from Kimball High and headed straight to the working world. Richard has been employed by the City of Dallas for more than 20 years…

Louis Juarez – March 2015

Louis was invited to join our council by Arthur Rodriguez; the two of them have been involved in Catholic evangelization for decades. Louis is enjoying retirement after most recently working as a lab technician at the Dallas County Institute for Forensic Science. He graduated from North Dallas High and then got a degree in biochemistry…

Albert Granado – March 2015

Let’s hope Albert files his federal income tax return well in advance and can enjoy April 15 since that’s his birthday. He’s self-employed in a variety of fields – laying tile, woodworking and as a beer vendor. Albert graduated from Paschal High in Fort Worth. He and wife Regina have been married for seven years. He…

 


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