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

EMT Appreciation Cookout

n Friday, May 23 the Knights of Holy Spirit Council 8157 partnered with Dudley Wilcox, the EMT liaison at Charlton Methodist Hospital to hold a picnic for local Emergency Medical Technicians as a part of EMT appreciation week. Knights from Holy Spirit, including Frank Salazar, Nick Kleinhaus, Leo Mattingly, Andy Goza, Jack Ramsden, Ben Sikorski,…

St. Joseph’s Residence Spring 2014 Cookout

    nother successful cookout for the residents of St. Joseph’s Residence took place this past Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by the Duncanville Knights of Columbus Council 8157. Of all our charity events this is always one of the most rewarding. Our goal is to bring a little bit of comfort to the elderly residents who…

Record Turnout

ow!!!   What a huge turnout for the first fish fry of the 2014 Lenten season.  Thirty six Knights of Columbus helped set-up, cook, serve and clean-up starting early in the afternoon and finishing around 7:30pm.  Not only was there a record turnout of Knights (36 – beat last year’s record by 6), there were…

Serving the Community

The Duncanville Knights and Meals on Wheels early every man who joins the Knights of Columbus states that they “want to give back to the community” or “want to help people in the community”.  According to the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas’ Volunteer Handbook, Meals on Wheels began in London, England in World War II…

Winter Welcome 2014

ore than 200 parishioners were treated to another enjoyable Winter Welcome celebration in the community center gym on Friday night, Jan. 31. Knights were again front and center in providing assistance wherever warranted for the organizer of the annual western-themed barbecue, Community Life director Doug Karpan (a Brother Knight himself). Council members served the brisket,…


A cookout to honor our Veterans

s Americans we are extremely fortunate to be able to enjoy certain freedoms which many other people around the world even in this day and age, still do not. We all know this can be taken for granted at times but certainly not on the day in November in which we honor our nation’s veterans,…

Top of the Morning – November’s Pancake Breakfast

aybe the Knights suffered from a form of cabin fever heading into the November pancake breakfast since circumstances prevented us from serving the October breakfast, but council members reported in abundance for the breakfast that was held on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 10. We served a little more than 120 guests, which was close…

St Joseph’s BBQ

St Joseph’s BBQ on October 19, 2013 On Saturday October 19 fourteen Knights participated in our semi-annual BBQ luncheon at St Joseph’s  Nursing Home in Dallas. This was possibly the best luncheon we have hosted at St Joseph’s as we served approximately 95 residences and their families. This included our own Knight Steve Zehnder and…

St. Joseph’s Residence Fall Cookout

The Knights of Council 8157 cooked and served lunch for the residents, families and staff of St. Joseph’s Residence in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas on Saturday, Oct 19th, 2013.  

Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos

he small town of San Juan de los Lagos is one of the top 4 most visited pilgrimage shrines in Mexico. Between the early 17th century and the middle of the 19th century a pilgrimage fair was held each year on November 30 to celebrate the original installation of the statue in the shrine. In…