Father Steve joined Holy Spirit Catholic Church in July 2020 as Parochial Vicar and soon after became a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8157 and graciously accepted the appointment of Council Chaplain. Father Steve is fluent in three languages including Spanish and he presides over the Sunday Spanish Mass.
The Grand Knight presides over all meetings and is tasked with enforcing the rules and regulations of the Council and the laws of the order, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He appoints all directors and committee members. He acts as chaplain in the absence of the regular chaplain. He countersigns orders drawn and signed by the Financial Secretary. Responsible for the council’s First Degree Team. He is responsible for the overall success of this council's activities. Jorge serves as the council's Awareness Committee Director. Jorge and Kathie, his wife of 42 years, moved from New York to Texas in 1981 and began attending Holy Spirit in 2010. They have three grown children, Jorge Jr., Javier and Rafael and one granddaughter, Allison.
Deputy Grand Knight
The Deputy Grand Knight Assists the grand knight with operation of the council and any other duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, presides at council meetings. Recommended to serve on the council’s Retention Committee. Jim joined our council in February 2012, he is in charge of Member Retention and serves as Lecturer. Jim also serves as a member of our Degree Team and he and his wife, Mary, live in Cedar Hill.
The Chancellor has the duty of strengthening the members’ interest in council activities. Assists the grand knight and deputy grand knight with their duties as assigned. Recommended to serve on the council’s Admission Committee.
The Financial Secretary is responsible to collect and receive all moneys due the council, and all funds received from any source. He keeps an account of the indebtedness of each member and each certificate holder and the amount received from each. He keeps a roll of the membership and certificate holders, their ages, residences and occupation, with date of initiation. He notifies the Supreme Secretary of the names and addresses of all council officers. He keeps the seal of the council and affixes same to all proper papers. Peter joined the Knights in 2011 and is also a member of our Degree Team. He and his wife, Bernadine live in Dallas.
The Recorder is assigned the task of keeping a true record of the doings of this council upon books approved by the Board of Directors and furnished by the Supreme Secretary. He records minutes of each meeting and publishes same. He will also conduct all correspondence of the council and perform such duties as the council may direct.
The Treasurer’s job responsibilities include being the custodian of all funds of the council. He shall pay to the Supreme Council all money assessed by it or the Board of Directors. He shall pay all orders drawn on him which are signed by the Financial Secretary and countersigned by the Grand Knight. He shall keep separate accounts for all moneys placed in his hands by his council or the officers thereof and shall plainly show at all times the amount of money in the general expense of the council and the amount of money in each and every special fund. James joined the Knights of Columbus in February 2013. James is a retired phlebotomist. He and wife Judy have been members of Holy Spirit for 31 years and enjoy their 5 children and 13 grandkids. The Smiths live in Duncanville.
The Advocate is the attorney for the council. The Advocate will advise the council in all matters that require legal clarification. The advocate will be the counsel is case of trial and investigation of any matter whatsoever pertaining to the council. Russell is a past Grand Knight, a practicing attorney, and has been a member of the Knights since 1987. He was voted Knight of the Year in 1998. He and his wife, Patricia, live in DeSoto.
The Warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property. Sets up council chambers for meetings and degree exemplifications. Oversees inside and outside guards. John Espree joined the Knights in 2012 and he’s a member of our Degree Team. He and wife Bonnie live in Duncanville.
- Attends the doors of the council chamber, checks current membership cards and allows entrance.
- Assist warden with his responsibilities.
- Attends the doors of the council chamber, checks current membership cards and allows entrance.
- Assist warden with his responsibilities.
The Lecturer is appointed by the grand knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs to the council. He is responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion of council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming. Wendell and wife Connie celebrated their 35th anniversary in March. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They left New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They were initially put up by a nephew who lives in DeSoto and decided to make their permanent home here.
David has served as operations chairman for the church festival, coordinating the manpower needed to get most of the infrastructure up and running and taken down at the conclusion of a busy weekend. David is a member of the choir for the 9:30 Mass and of our council’s Degree Team, serving in the role of Grand Knight. He joined the Knights in 1980 when he and wife Clara were members of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Waco. David served as Grand Knight for its Council 1358 and was on its Degree Team. David also serves as Co-facilitator for the ACTS Retreats Core Team and is the Director of the Men's ACTS Retreat in April 2015. The Dybala's came to our area in 1985, when he began 22 years working for the City of Dallas. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. A 1972 Texas A&M graduate, David is now mobility coordinator for A&M’s Transportation Institute dealing with the restructuring of downtown traffic.
The Board of Trustees consists of grand knight and three other elected members. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Tom joined the Knights in 2007 and he has been the leader of our Degree Team since its start in August 2012. He was voted Knight of the Year in 2014. He and his wife, Helen, live in Duncanville.
Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Allen serves as our Retention Director, Knight Hands Director and Baseball Concessions Director. He also publishes our quarterly newsletter "Knights Life".
Sacramental Gifts Director
Keith Archer grew up in Oklahoma City and came to the Dallas area for work in his mid-20s. He’s a project manager for Weldon Parts. Keith spends most Saturdays participating in the Catholic ministry that’s held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in downtown Dallas. Keith and Mary have been married for 29 years.
Father McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. Catholics often struggle with the reality that they do not have the opportunity to socialize and/or pray with other faith-filled Catholic families. It can be quite a challenge to continue to ground ourselves and raise our children in the faith when there is such limited exposure. Our family programs are an evolution and response to a society that seeks to weaken the bonds of family. Father McGivney’s vision for family life was not only financial and material aid but also spiritual strength, as holiness is the calling of all baptized Christians.
Our goal is to strengthen our men and their families in the faith. When we entered the Order, we were reminded to constantly inform ourselves in the Catholic faith. This formation goes beyond mere facts or religious practice to an authentic connection with a loving God and his son Jesus Christ. Programs in this category are designed to draw us closer to God and the Church in a tangible and meaningful way — whether through helping the future shepherds of the Mother Church, quiet contemplation in a spiritual reflection program, or honoring Mary, Mother of God. These programs should strive to arm us for the spiritual battle that our men and families face daily.
Disaster Preparedness Director
Wendell had done extensive reading related to increasing his faith life, including research on the Knights, when he was invited to join our council by Tony Gonzalez during a Holy Spirit ACTS retreat. Joining 8157 is just the latest chapter in his long and varied life. Wendell grew up in New Orleans, graduated from St. Augustine High and soon after went into the military, in 1965. He spent three years of active duty in the Marine Corps, three more in reserve duty and returned to military service with the U.S. Coast Guard 1985-2006 before retiring. He and wife Connie celebrated their 35th anniversary in March. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They left New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They were initially put up by a nephew who lives in DeSoto and decided to make their permanent home here.
Jim Kowalski has been Assistant Diocesan Deputy for two years and Membership Director for about five at the Dallas Diocese. Jim is a two-time Grand Knight at 8157 and Knight of the Year both here (in 1988) and at his original council, 3593 in Oak Cliff. He became a Knight in 1962 at the urging of his new father-in-law. Jim and wife Lillian met in 1960, at a Catholic singles function, and were married on Thanksgiving Day 1962. They have three sons, one daughter and five grandchildren. Jim, his sister and his mother boarded a train in 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Forest Avenue High School in 1952 and then began his working career. His resume includes 11 years as a KC field agent. Jim serves as a Contributing Writer on Special Olympics in the Awareness Committee.
Mike took both his first and major degrees early in 2005 and advanced to the Fourth Degree on Sept. 27, 2014. His list of council and Holy Spirit activities includes serving as our council’s Pro-Life Director and doubling that up under the parish’s outreach ministry, being both a Eucharistic Minister and lector for Masses (usually the 5:30 Sunday Mass), a youth catechist, involved in RCIA and Holy Spirit’s ACTS retreats. And he’s the organizer for the annual Hike for Life, which is held every October at Armstrong Park in Duncanville. He is member of the Awareness committee where he serves as a Contributing Writer about our Pro-Life activities. Mike has been deeply involved in the Catholic faith since his youngest days in Jersey City, N.J. His parents were Catholic missionaries and would take Mike and his five siblings across into New York City to help at homeless shelters, hold block parties and participate in other outreach activities. “It’s all I’ve ever known,” he said. He and wife Karen moved to Dallas in 1997 in connection with his job as a distribution manager. They celebrated their 23rd anniversary on Sept. 14. They have four children – Meghan (21), Jennifer (19), Kaitlyn (15) and Sean (7).
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.
Roberto keeps a busy schedule – operating a neurology clinic in Mansfield with two daughters in college and one in high school – but decided it was a good time to join the Knights after witnessing the Order’s good works for so many years. He’s from Corpus Christi, graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1989, and came to our area when doing his training at UT Southwestern. He and wife Gloria, who’s from Dallas, met at a singles function at St. Rita’s parish and have been married for 21 years. Maria, 20, attends Oklahoma State. Marisa, 18 will start at SMU this fall. Monica, 16, will be a junior at Bishop Dunne, which all the girls have attended. The Nietos have lived in Cedar Hill for 15 years and have been Holy Spirit parishioners for five years.
Baseball Concessions Director
Allen Reitmeier was the Knight who coordinated all the activities involving the operation of the concession stands until recently. Allen, the recipient of the 2010 Knight of the Year award has been a Knight since November 2007 when he was invited to a Knights of Columbus insurance meeting where Bob Foster handed him his first Form 100. Allen became an active Knight right away by helping with the baseball concessions and finally taking it over in the Fall of 2008. Allen was instrumental in attaining the Cedar Hill concessions and has been the main contributor to its success. A lot of hard work goes into planning, running and organizing this highly successful money-maker and is one of the key reasons for the success of our Council. Allen also started the Awareness committee to increase communication in our council. In just over three years this project became an enormous success producing thirteen newsletters and dozens of articles, some published in the Texas Catholic and Columbia Magazine. What started out as a simple tool of communication has blossomed into a media mecca where everyone can read about all of our service program activities, upcoming events, etc., and this has been instrumental in new member recruitment. Allen is a Newsletter and Website Copy Writer, and he manages our Email List database.
Knight Hands Director
Allen started the Knight Hands service program to assist anyone in need in the Holy Spirit Parish area who is in need of minor repairs and small projects around the house. As of February 2015 Allen and his crew have completed one hundred projects since its start on May 25, 2010. Some of the jobs he and his crew have completed are: fixing roof tops, fence repair, painting walls and ceilings, bathrooms, installing lights, mowing lawns, installing and fixing doors and windows, trimming driveways, cabinetry in the Sacristy, built twelve cloth hangers, wheel chair ramp, has built two wonderful games for the Fall Festival and has even paid bills for some of the needy. Allen is also the Baseball Concessions Director, the biggest fund raising operation for our council. Allen somehow makes time to pick up meals on wheels from the Senior Center in Duncanville and delivers them to twenty two regulars, every Monday. He is a member of our Degree Team. Allen has been married to his lovely wife Linda for forty four years and has four grown children, Sarah, Paul, Leanne and Sherry who each have two children of their own.
Jorge serves as Safe Environment Director, Awareness Committee Director, our website editor and administrator. He manages our web calendars and our email marketing campaigns. The Awareness Committee serves as the Public Relations unit of the council. He also serves as Vice President and Public Relations Director for the Dallas Diocese Chapter (DDC). Jorge has owned his own print broker and web design business since 1990, his clients have included high-profile national political campaigns. Soon after joining the Knights Jorge turned his attention to creating this new website for our council. Jorge attended the New York School of Printing in New York City specializing in pre-press and graphic design. Kathie, his wife of 42 years, is a psychotherapist in private practice. They moved from New York to Texas in 1981 and began attending Holy Spirit in 2010. They have three grown children, Jorge Jr., Javier and Rafael and one granddaughter, Allison.
Church Activities Director
James serves as our Church Activities Director. James joined the Knights of Columbus in February 2013. James is a retired phlebotomist. He and wife Judy have been members of Holy Spirit for 31 years and enjoy their 5 children and 13 grandkids. The Smiths live in Duncanville.
Degree Team Sound Technician
John Espree joined the Knights in 2012 and he’s a member of our Degree Team. He and wife Bonnie live in Duncanville.