There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.


Knights banded together can accomplish more
than any of us could accomplish individually
in support of our Church and priests.


Knights socialize together and take care of each other –
we have each others’ back.


Members of the Knights of Columbus are proud
of our devotion to God and country,
and believe in standing up for both.

Knight of the Month Archives

Each month a Knight of this Council is selected the Knight of the Month because of his contribution to the success of the Council and/or by his actions demonstrated his commitment to the principles of Charity, Unity, and  Fraternity.   He could be awarded Knight of the Month for his efforts on a specific event or an accumulation of actions that warrant his selection. Nominations are accepted, discussed and voted upon during the regular Officers and Directors meeting held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  The Family Activity Director administers the Knight of the Month process from nomination to awarding the recipient his certificate.   All Knights in good standing are eligible for this award.


Pete Perta

Knight of the Month – September 2016

Pete Perta Pete is in his fourth year as our Financial Secretary, having taken the baton from his long-time predecessor, Ernie Coy, in April 2013. Pete moved to the Dallas area in 2010. He joined our council in June 2011 and took his major degrees only a few months later. Pete is a charter member…

Knight of the Month – August 2016

Efrain Ochoa Efrain quietly goes about his work as a weekly volunteer during our Cedar Hill baseball concession stand operations as a member of the Monday night shift. He went above and beyond during this summer’s multiple World Series, not only stepping up to work multiple shifts on short/no notice but also preparing 47 pounds…

Jim Richardson FOM

Knight of the Month – July 2016

Nick Kleinhaus Nick takes the traditional council journey from Grand Knight to becoming one of our three Trustees for the 2016-17 fraternal year. Nick is from Cincinnati, Ohio and has been a member of the Order since 2002, a year after he graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He joined while…

Knight of the Month – May 2016

Les Migala We know him as Les, which is short for his middle name. Marian Leschoslaw Migala was born in Poland a dozen years before his homeland was invaded by Germany. Les helped fight against the Nazis with the Polish Underground while going to school. He left after the war for Paris, where he studied…

Knight of Month – June 2016

Jesse Radillo Jesse joined the Knights in October 2013 and took his major degrees at Holy Spirit in February 2015. He was born in Mexico and moved to El Paso with his family at age 2. Jesse has been in Duncanville since 1980. He and wife Teri will celebrate their 29th anniversary this September. They…


Knight of the Month – April 2016

James Smith Here’s a checklist for James Smith: two knee replacements, one hip replacement and one big ol’ heart that’s often on display given his boundless enthusiasm and energy to provide for our council and all of Holy Spirit parish. James joined the council in 2013, took his major degrees a year later and recently…

Knight of the Month – March 2016

Luis “Tony” Gonzalez Tony has wasted little time in becoming involved in the council. Wasted no time, actually. He was inducted in November 2015 at the urging of his brother, Elio, who is himself a recent newcomer to the council. Tony jumped right in by helping out at the fish fries during Lent, has already…

Knight of the Month – February 2016

Jim Richardson It appears Jim enjoys this Knight business. He’s completing his second fraternal year as the council’s Deputy Grand Knight while doubling as Assembly 2799’s Faithful Navigator, the Fourth Degree equivalent of Grand Knight. Jim was recognized as the council’s 29th annual Knight of the Year last summer. He joined the order in 1962…


Knight of the Month – January 2016

Jim Stavinoha The council went looking for a new director of church activities late last year after Pat May earned a respite from the duties after many years. We couldn’t have picked a better successor than Jim. He has embraced the position with enthusiasm and energy. Jim hit the ground running in September with the…

Sir Knight Larry Balagna

Knight of the Month – December 2015

Larry Balagna Larry is a tireless contributor to council activities. It seems like we don’t scramble an egg or set up and take down a room without him pitching in. Larry is part of the regular “posse” that makes Allen Reitmeier’s Knight Hands initiative so successful. His dedication was recently on display before, during and…

Knight of the Month – November 2015

Ed O’Brien Ed is one of many past Grand Knights of 8157 who continue to be active in council activities. Before you know it, it will time for Lenten fish fries and Ed will be taking his shopping list to stock up each week. He has previously filled a similar role in advance of parish…

Knight of the Month – October 2015

Dan Murphy Dan has been very active lately both within and beyond his duties as our director of community activities. He is organizing the next semi-annual cookout at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Oak Cliff, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10. That comes on the heels of 8157’s annual cookout for the seminarians…

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