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

Holy Trinity Seminary Cookout

This past Friday, Sep 13, the Knights of Council 8157 visited Holy Trinity Seminary in our annual showing of appreciation with our classic hamburger & hot dog cookout for the young catholic men enrolled there. Presently at Holy Trinity there are 74 under graduate students who come from all over the United States, this number fluctuates…

Cookout for Cedar Hill FD

Francisco Hernandez helped coordinate this year’s council cookout lunch for members of the Cedar Hill Fire Department, which took place on Friday, July 19 at the main station on Belt Line Road west of downtown (where all those communications towers are). Francisco is a familiar face at the station because he has long been involved…

Cancer Survivors Day Cookout Methodist Dallas

On June 9, 2013, ten Knights from Council 8157 and three of their spouses generously donated their time to help the cancer survivors of Methodist Dallas Medical Center celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. The Knights went to work immediately after 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday morning and spent the better part of the day cooking…

St. Joseph’s Residence, Spring 2013

s we gathered this Saturday morning at Holy Spirit Catholic Church to collect our cooking equipment and food supplies, we realized we couldn’t have picked a better spring day for grilling out in the company of some very fine men and women. Once loaded, our caravan of several vehicles carrying 14 Knights and 3 women…

Lenten Fish Fries Begin

Thirty Knights (Al Alonzo, Celestino Rios, Ken Rarick, Dom Mascardo, Frank Hernandez, Les Migala, Juan Chapa, Benny Sikorski, Andy Goza, Frank Salazar, Mike Higgins, Jorge Ruiz, David Ybarra, Dan Murphy, Steve Zehnder, David Dybala, Brad Lamb, Greg Warr, Noe Saenz, Larry Balagna, Mike Fitzgerald, Bill Dover, John Espree, Billy Callender, Jack Ramsden, Gene Jones, Peter…

Hospitalized Veterans Honored

What a show of strength by the Knights of Council 8157 as they honored the men and women who served their country and are now paying the price. This past Saturday, November 10th, 16 Knights (and 4 significant others) cooked and served those veterans currently hospitalized at the Veterans Hospital in Lancaster. Art Senato &…

Knights Cook for St. Joseph Residents

Eleven Knights from this Council spent the Saturday morning of October 13th, 2012 cooking and entertaining the residents of St. Joseph’s assisted living residence located on West Prembroke Avenue in Oak Cliff.  Chris and Trevor Edwards, Dan Murphy, Frank Salazar, Andy Goza, Pat May, Art Senato, Marce and Brenda Tebbe, Mike Fitzgerald, Tim Hart and…