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

 

Ben and Tim Burns – March 2013

BEN and TIM BURNS join our growing list of father-son members and attended the same First Degree exemplification ceremony in late March. Ben is a software engineer, married 21 years to Marilyn. After graduating from Lewisville High, he spent a year at North Texas, six years in the Navy and then finished his schooling at…

James Smith – February 2013

James Smith joined the Knight of Columbus on February 26th, 2013, at the urging of Andy Goza and said he “wants to help the community.” Well, there will be plenty for him to do. Already, he administers to the sick by visiting Methodist Hospital patients and bringing them Communion. James hails from Wichita Falls but…

Celestino Rios – January 2013

Celestino lives in Duncanville with his wife, Eufemia or “Femia.” Natives of The Philippines, they have been married for 45 years. He’s retired following a career in production work for Foamlite. Femia, also retired, was a nurse at Methodist Central. They have four children (Roderick, Mey, Cerrie and Maria) and two grandchildren. They have been…

Arturo Bernal – January 2013

Arturo joined the Army in 1990 for Desert Storm … and was sent to Korea for 14 months to patrol the DMZ with the 2nd Infantry Division. He grew up in Dallas and attended Woodrow Wilson High School and Eastfield Community College. He and wife Lorena were married in 1985, and they have four children….

Noe Saenz – January 2013

Noe has something in common with Fr. Joe; they both attended Wayne State in Detroit. Noe was born and reared in Detroit, where he met wife Blanca in high school. They have three children. Noe is a material business analyst for Lear Corporation in Arlington. They became parishioners last September and were among the newcomer…

Greg Warr – January 2013

Greg and wife Debbie live in Duncanville, have been parishioners since 1998 and are a sponsor couple for Holy Spirit marriage preparation. Greg grew up in Hot Springs, Ark., graduated from Arkansas State with a degree in communications/business in 1981 and soon after came to north Texas to follow his father in the telecommunications business….

John Balasa – January 2013

John is a rare Chicagoan who lived on the North Side yet calls the White Sox his baseball team. John spent 22 years in the Army and retired in 1992 as a sergeant first class, saw action in Vietnam in the early 1970s and is a recipient of the Army Meritorious Service Medal. He worked…

Juan Perez – January 2013

Juan adds being a Knight to the list of his activities at Holy Spirit. He has been a fourth-grade catechist for four years (along with fellow council member John Monsalve) and also helps Children’s Faith Formation with traffic control on both Sunday mornings and evenings. Juan and wife Gloria have been married since 1990, when…

Brad Lamb – January 2013

Brad is a native Texan. But being born into a military family at Fort Hood was the start of worldwide travels that have seen him live in 14 places. He and wife Holly settled in north Texas and became Holy Spirit parishioners soon after he earned his graduate degree in justice, law and society from…

Welcome Our New Brother Knights

Please welcome our new brother knights.   From left to right:  Arturo Bernal, Noe Saenz, Celestino Rios, Brad Lamb, Juan Perez, John Balasa & Greg Warr. All became Knights on Jan 29th, 2013. Please check the site for their individual bios to follow soon.

Bill Neilon

Bill and wife Toni are among the founding families of the parish. He was the first head of the parish council and led the choir at Masses at Reed Junior High. Bill is a lawyer and a judge, serving as the presiding municipal court judge in Duncanville for 30 years. He grew up in Dallas…

Sande Zander: October 2012

Sande is the head usher at the Sunday evening Mass. “The token adult” as he puts it, for the weekly youth Mass. He was born in The Bronx, N.Y., graduated from high school in nearby Park Ridge, N.J., and graduated from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He spent time in both the Marine…

John Rizo Jr.

JOHN RIZO JR. is another “legacy” Brother Knight, his father having signed on in the late 1980s. John Jr. is an apprentice with an electrical union. He’s a 2006 graduate of Duncanville High, where he was on the tennis team and played alto sax in the band. John Jr. was also active in the Boy…

Eric Pinola – October 2012

  Eric concluded that every time he saw a guy at Holy Spirit getting something done, it was a Knight. “I could see the lives they touched,” he said. And Eric wanted to be part of that, not an easy task while running a business (Champion Energy brass fitting in DeSoto) and being the father…

Charlie Ruelas: October 2012

Charlie will be ordained as a Deacon in February and has been assigned to Holy Spirit, a pleasant surprise given the presence of Deacons Al Evans and Paul Wood (also Knights). He and wife Katherine both graduated from Dallas’ Sunset High but four years apart. Charlie then attended DeVry and works for AT&T as a…

 


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