Community Activities

Dan Murphy

Community Activities Director

In his capacity as our director of community activities, Dan Murphy oversees the annual cookout at the V.A. hospital. Not coincidentally, he has organized the parish’s annual Veterans Day dinner and program for seven years. Dan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was active military 1975-95, so activities with and honoring veterans are special to him. After retiring from the Navy, he coordinated R.O.T.C. programs at area high schools through 2012-13. Dan joined the Knights in 1998 and was our Grand Knight during the fraternal years of 2002-03 and 2003-04. The parish’s Lenten fish fries started during Dan’s term as Grand Knight when Father Tim Heines sought an alternative to the soup suppers that had been held. His wife Pat is a hospice field nurse for Lion Hospice Care. The Murphys live in Dallas and have been married since 1975.

Join me & support your community by helping out at any of these events:
  • the Annual Cancer Survivors cookout at Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • the Veterans cookout at the VA Hospital
  • the bi-annual cookout for the residents of St. Joseph’s Assisted Living Residence
  • any of the First Responders Appreciation cookouts


Recent Articles

VA Cookout Nov 2015

The Knights of Council 8157 demonstrated our respect and appreciation for the Veterans’ military service at the VA Hospital in Dallas once again this past Saturday November 14. We served a burger and hot dog lunch to about 45 Veterans, most of whom continue to struggle with chemical dependency or are in recovery in the aftermath of…

St. Joseph’s Residence Fall 2015 Cookout

f all the community activities we perform in our council, the bi-annual St. Joseph’s Residence Cookout seems to be consistently one of the more spiritually rewarding for the Knights who participate. Maybe it’s the warm welcome we receive from the staff and the smiles on the faces of the senior residents as they watch us set up with anticipation….

Rocking Seminarians

his past Friday September 4th the Duncanville Knights headed out to Holy Trinity Seminary of Dallas once again to show our appreciation for the young men who are making the lifetime commitment to the catholic vocations. Traditionally we provide their Friday evening meals twice per year, in the spring and fall and we’ve been serving…

St. Joseph’s cookout – May 2015

Knights service to the Catholic community comes without any expectation of congratulations. We’ve come to expect an appreciative group at the St. Joseph’s Residence Home in Oak Cliff, and the reaction to our regular spring cookout on Saturday, May 9 was no different. But there was an aspect of the thanks this time that was…

We are called to guard a visiting Icon

Brother Knights we have been called upon to provide security and support during the visit of this ICON to Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos – St Theresa at 2601 Singleton Rd in Dallas (just west of Hampton Rd). The support needed is similar to the support we provided last year during the…

Winter Welcome Dinner 2015

January 31, 2015   I want to thank all the Knights who helped out at the Parish Winter Welcome Dinner.  We cooked and served dinner to almost 400 parishioners and then cleaned up afterwards.  This event simply would not have been possible without your hard work and devotion.  I especially want to thank Frank Salazar…

Super Bowl Hotdog Cookout

Pictured at the Super Bowl  Hotdog Cookout this past Sunday morning are from left, Grand Knight Nick Kleinhaus, Jim Stavinoha, Andy Goza and Tom Greco. Also in attendance were Jim Russell, Mark Meyer, Robert Tovar, Gene Jones, and our newest Knight Leslie Beene. Thanks to all.  

Supporting Our Vets

The Fall VA Cookout On Saturday Nov 8th our council, under the direction of Commander Dan Murphy, US Navy Ret., attended our bi-annual cookout at the VA Medical Center in Dallas. Several resident veterans and members of the outpatient substance abuse programs the VA Medical Center provides, came to dine on the burgers, hot dogs…

St. Joseph’s Fall Cookout

On Saturday Oct 18 The Duncanville Knights of Columbus Council 8157 went to St. Joseph’s Residence in Oak Cliff for our biannual cookout and prepared lunch for the residents, their families, clergy and staff. We served approximately 120 people.    

A show of Support

s always, it was a treat to be part of the team of Knights that gave of their time to show support for the young seminarians at Holy Trinity Seminary located at 3131 Hagan Drive in Irving on Friday evening September 12th.  The show of support was in the form of a cook-out for the…