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Charity

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

Unity

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

Fraternity

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

Patriotism

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 – January 2019

Categories: Knight of the Month,News & Announcements

John Balasa volunteering at St. Joseph’s Residence.

John Balasa

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Twenty-two years in the U.S. Army made John well acquainted with the upside of male camaraderie, John notes. So after years of helping at Holy Spirit’s 5:30 Saturday Mass, and Andy Goza and Pete Perta “convincing” him of the merits of KC membership, he went willingly. He took his first degree four years ago this month, adding his major degrees in April 17. John left the service as a Sergeant First Class, having been stationed at Fort Campbell, Fort Polk, Fort Leavenworth and Fort Knox, seeing service in Korea, Germany and Vietnam. He’s from Chicago and came along with wife Marge to north Texas in 2006 for a position with Dallas County. He worked for the county for 10 years, retiring two years ago. Marge is also retired, having worked for AAFES. The Balasas, married 42 years, live in DeSoto. In recent months, you’ve seen him at the fall blood drive, the VA cookout and the Breakfast with St. Nick and our Cedar Hill concession stands¬†(John admits that watching the kids play reminds him of his own little-league days). His volunteer work extends beyond our council. Every Saturday, he helps at the food pantry in DeSoto. His other recurring “appointment” is bowling every Tuesday and Thursday night. He claims an average of 140, and we’ll take his word for that.