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Community Activities

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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

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St Joseph’s Residence Cookout 2019

St Joseph’s Residence Cookout 2019 The Knights from Council 8157 once again performed our spring cookout at St. Joseph’s Residence in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, adjacent to the Catholic Retreat Center. Despite a last minute date change from Saturday May 11th to Sunday May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), the turnout of both residents…

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St Joseph’s Cookout Moved Up to May 5th

St Joseph’s Cookout Moved Up to Sunday, May 5th The St Joseph’s Residence Cookout has been rescheduled and moved up by a week to Sunday, April 5th, 2019. We’ll be meeting at 10 AM at Holy Spirit church parking lot and caravan to St Joseph’s. We should be back by 1 PM. Please let Dan…

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Lenten Fish Frys Kickoff

Lenten Fish Frys Kickoff The 2019 Lenten Season kicked off last Friday, March 8th with another record showing of parishioners and knight volunteers. We’ll be repeating this performance for six consecutive Fridays with the final fish fry taking place on April 12. The 56″ flat screen TV will again be awarded at the end of…

VA Medical Center Cookout 2018

VA Medical Center Cookout 2018 On a rare bright sunny morning this fall, sixteen knights gathered for the annual cookout at the VA Medical Center on Lancaster Road in a council show of support for our veterans. Since the center’s unit we normally use for our activity was occupied we were relocated to the east…

St. Joseph’s Luncheon

What a beautiful scene it was on Saturday morning/afternoon May 12th, 2018, as the Knights of Columbus and some of their mates and grandchildren gathered at the St Joseph assisted living home in Oak Cliff for the semi-annual cook-out for the 55 residents who live there and their families.  On this day before Mother’s day…

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VA hospital cookout – November 2017

The irony was unavoidable during the closing minutes of our council’s annual cookout at the Veterans Administration hospital on Lancaster Avenue in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 10. One of the guests had finished his lunch of a hot dog, hamburger, baked beans, cookie and chips and was heading out of the conference room/dining hall when…

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St. Joseph’s Residence cookout – Fall 2017

Service to our Catholic community was on display on Saturday, Oct. 14, when more than a dozen Council 8157 members prepared and served what has become the annual fall luncheon to about 100 residents, relatives and staff members of the St. Joseph’s Residence home in Oak Cliff that’s operated by the Diocese of Dallas. Richard Hohman,…

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Holy Trinity Seminary Cookout Fall 2017

As long time supporters of the religious vocations our council sponsors two Seminarians via our MVP program at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas. But twice during the year the council also provides a full meal for the seminarians and those occasions usually turn into relaxing outdoor picnics and movie night events. This past Saturday was no exception…

St. Joseph’s cookout – May 2017

Dan Murphy, our director of community activities, headed another enthusiastic group of Knights on Saturday, May 13 to prepare and serve a cookout lunch for those who live at St. Joseph’s Residence in Oak Cliff along with their families and friends. That was the Saturday before Mother’s Day, and that’s never a coincidence in the…

Our 2016 cookout at Dallas’ VA hospital

The council contingent that provided lunch on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the VA hospital on South Lancaster Road included a half-dozen of our own  veterans (our “host,” community activities director Dan Murphy; our annual “sponsor” of this event, Bill Dover; Jim Stavinoha; La’Don Wright; Arthur Rodriguez; Tom Greco) plus some 8157 families (James Smith, daughter…