The lifeblood of this Council is its new members.


Keith Archer

Membership Director

A growing council is a vibrant and exciting council spurred on by new ideas and new lifeblood for the many and varied activities of the council. Without new members the council becomes stagnant and as time passes slowly drift away from it's mission. The duties of the membership director include recruiting new members through direct contact with prospective candidates as well as encouraging everyone in the council to prospect for new members. The director must then follow up on prospective candidates after they have signed their application for membership to assure they are voted upon and approved by the council at a regular business meeting or an Officers and Directors meeting. In addition the director must then insure that each approved candidate attends a 1st Degree ceremony where he is officially declared a Knight of Columbus. Keith Archer grew up in Oklahoma City and came to the Dallas area for work in his mid-20s. He’s a project manager for Weldon Parts. Keith spends most Saturdays participating in the Catholic ministry that’s held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in downtown Dallas. Keith and Mary have been married for 29 years.


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When you’re married and you have a wife and kids you’re always concerned that if something were to happen to you, what would happen to them? The main reason for the Knights of Columbus was to take care of the widows once the bread winner passed away.

Andrew T. 3rd Degree Knight

You could have a great impact on people’s lives by getting involved in your community – one way we do that is through our service program we call The Knight Hands. We assist the needy in the Holy Spirit parish area with minor home repairs, household chores, and transportation services.

Allen R. 3rd Degree Knight

Everything I got involved in with the Knights of Columbus, my wife and children were with me. It opens up an avenue of opportunity to socialize and do things together.

James S. 3rd Degree Knight



New Members


James Vu

James Vu was a 9-year-old living in Vietnam when he was simply told to “get on the boat,” and his life changed dramatically. James, his mother and four siblings sailed off in the overloaded craft while bombs landed in the water. “I think if I was older then, it would have been more traumatic,” he…

Billy Callender

BILLY CALLENDER said he joined the Knights for a simple reason: to help people. He displayed that desire selflessly years ago when 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth needed a kidney; Billy donated one of his. “You just do it,” he said matter-of-factly. The kidney lasted 16 years, and Beth lived another six years after that, passing away…

Jack Ramsden

JACK RAMSDEN officially retired June 30 following 24 years running a ma-chine shop in Dallas – and almost immediately found “full time work” joining wife Juanita as regular rummage organizers in advance of the Fall Festival. So he can’t yet say how it feels to be retired. Jack is a graduate of South Oak Cliff…

Doug Karpan

DOUG KARPAN lives close enough to Holy Spirit that he can walk on over. “I love listening to the bells,” he said. He enjoyed a similar experience growing up on the family farm in Rhineland, Texas, near St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, which is called the “Cathedral in the Cotton Patch.” Doug is an Air Force…

James Dean

JAMES DEAN joined his father, Larrie, in the council shortly before heading off for his freshman year at Texas Tech. He graduated from Midlothian High last spring with Distinguished Honors (GPA of 4.79), was on the tennis team’s top doubles pairing and already socked away 12 hours’ college credit. He was a captain of Holy…