St. Jude Council #11293

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Knights of Columbus Special License Plate

A major share of the special license plate fee goes to the Texas Education Agency State Council Charities account to make grants to carry out purposes of the organization, such as helping the poor and sick, and hungry and homeless children.

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

St. Jude Knights of Columbus

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest



Sample picture from last year's contest


In a society where Christmas has become for many - especially children - a secular holiday, the Knights of Columbus has introduced the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest to allow young people to understand the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas and to engage their creative talents and imaginations.


Contest Rules

  • The contestants will be separated into three age categories. Age 5-7, Age 8-10, and Age 11-14.
  • Poster must reflect the theme of KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS.
  • Each poster should be the original work (including concept, layout, slogan and any visual image of a single person).
  • Poster must be approximately 11x17 inches in size. If pastels, chalk or charcoal are used, the poster must be laminated or covered with clear plastic. Posters may be in color or black and white.
  • Each poster must be submitted with a Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest entry form. The name and age of the person entering the poster should be included on the back of the poster.
  • All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Posters will not be returned.
  • Jude Knights Council will award monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of each age group.
  • Poster Due Date is December 31, 2019 – drop off your posters at the St. Jude Parish Office, RE Youth Office, JYM Office, or contact Joe Shankle.

Contact Information: Joe Shankle – – 972.333.0677


Prayers for Vocations

Prayer #1
Parents Prayer for Vocations Almighty and eternal God,
in your unfailing love you provide
ministers for your Church.
We pray for those whom you call
to serve the Church of ___________ as priests
Inspire in them a generous response.
Grant them courage and vision to serve your people
May their lives and service call your people to respond to the presence
of your Spirit among us that, faithful to the Gospel
and hope of Jesus the Christ,
we may: announce glad tidings to the poor
proclaim liberty to captives, set prisoners free and renew the face of the earth.

Prayer #2
O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.
Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.
Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer #3
O Holy Spirit, Spirit of wisdom and divine love, impart Your knowledge, understanding, and counsel to youth that they may know the vocation wherein they can best serve God. Give them courage and strength to follow God's holy will. Guide their uncertain steps, strengthen their resolutions, shield their chastity, fashion their minds, conquer their hearts, and lead them to the vineyards where they will labor in God's holy service. Amen.

Prayer #4
WHO wills that all men be saved
And come to the knowledge of YOUR Truth:
We beg you to send
Laborers into YOUR harvest,
And grant them grace to speak YOUR Word
With all boldness; so that YOUR Word
May spread and be glorified,
And all nations may know YOU,
The only GOD, and HIM WHOM YOU have sent,
Our Lady, Queen of the Americas,
And Mary, Mother of the
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word,
Pray for us.


The Knights of Columbus has always been a strong defender of the priesthood, and the members continue to be strongly committed to our priests. Council #11293 is supporting the following seminarians this Fraternal Year. Here is a list of those where the e-mail is known.

Please send them a birthday greeting on their birth dates listed below:

Seminarian Aristeo Berrum

  • Born in Mexico where his parents and younger brother still reside
  • Moved to Garland, TX about 10 years ago and was in business for several years before being called to the priesthood.
  • Enrolled in Theology in New Orleans and was assigned to work at St. Jude in the summer of 2017.
  • Chaplain at Parkland Hospital in the summer of 2018
  • Scheduled to be ordained a transitional deacon in spring 2019

Seminarian Garrett Bockman

  • Garrett Bockman was born on July 14, 1991.
  • He is a parishioner at All Saints in Dallas.
  • Garrett graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from SMU.
  • It was at SMU that he became involved in the campus ministry.
  • Through the ministry he met Fr. Anthony Lackland who helped him grow in Christ.
  • Through reading scripture he felt the call to the priesthood.
  • Garret began his discernment at Trinity Seminary in 2013 and has recently been sent to Washington D.C. to continue his studies at Theological College.
  • Garrett would like to complete his studies in time for an ordination in 2020.

Seminarian Jeisson Bohorquez

  • Jeisson began his studies at Redemptoris Mater in the fall of 2014.
  • Jeisson is studying English at this time.
  • He is scheduled for ordination in 2026

Seminarian Nicholas Breese

  • Enrolled in Holy Trinity Seminary in the Fall of 2017
  • The fourth of seven children of Mark and Karen Breese
  • Moved to Texas with his family in 2006 where they became parishoners of St. Jude.
  • Home schooled throughout high school and began thinking about the priesthood before graduating
  • Credits the St. Jude Youth Group, his friends, and his summers at The Pines Catholic Camp as major influences in his discernment

Jose Obed Cardona Molina

  • Jose was born on November 20, 1993 in Manizales, Columbia. He is the son of Jose Obed Cardona Giraldo and Luz Marina Molina.
  • In his words “I began the Neocatecumenal Way in 2005, where I started in a community in search of a renovation of my baptism. Then, being in a community of the Neocatecumenal Way, I was invited to go on a pilgrimage to the city of Bogotį, on June 20, 2012. In that pilgrimage, through the preaching and the experiences of several priest and religious, I felt that the Lord was inviting me to follow him as a priest. After that, about a month later, I was sent to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Bogotį to discern my vocation.”
  • Following studies for a year and a half in Bogotj, he was sent to a retreat in Italy where he volunteered to go to any Redemptoris Mater Seminary in the world.
  • He arrived on November 20, 2014 at the seminary in Dallas.
  • Jose asks for your prayers on his behalf as he journeys to his ordination in 2026.

Seminarian Ryan E. Hiaeshutter

  • Ryan was born on August 16, 1981 in Austin, Texas to William and Rose Hiaeshutter.
  • He has lived in Lubbock, Texas for a time as well as Johnson City, Tennessee, but his family currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan where Ryan spent his formative teenage years.
  • In 2003, Ryan attended Christ for the Nation Bible Institute located in south Dallas for two years and moved back to Michigan in 2005. However, in 2006, he moved back to Dallas where he has resided for the past 11 years.
  • Ryan grew up attending nondenominational/evangelical churches and felt a call to ministry at the age of 20. However, in 2010 he entered the Catholic Church and prayerfully considered a calling to the priesthood.
  • Shortly after becoming Catholic, Ryan entered the formation program at Holy Trinity Seminary in the fall of 2011 and enrolled at the University of Dallas, marking the beginning of his discernment to the priesthood.
  • He graduated from the University of Dallas in 2015 and is now a seminarian at the Theological College in Washington, D.C. where he attends courses at The Catholic University of America.
  • Ryan has spent the last six years in seminary formation and received the ministry of acolyte January 30, 2017. Ryan is passionate about evangelization and the life of the Church as it fulfills the call to be a light to this world.
  • He served his pastoral year at St Jude in 2017 and spent the summer of 2018 in Guatamala.

Seminarian Kevin Kolker

  • Kevin Grew up in Coppell where he attended St. Ann’s Parish
  • He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Math and Philosophy
  • After graduation he entered a religious community, but he felt that his future lay with being a parish priest.
  • He entered Holy Trinity and is happy to share that he feels fulfilled with joy, peace and faithfulness
  • He is now attending Notre Dame in New Orleans for his Sr. Seminary years
  • Update from 9/5/18: I was raised in a faithful Catholic family and received solid faith formation through my education at Catholic schools and through the youth group at St. Ann in Coppell. Thanks to those gifts, God first put the priesthood on my mind in 8th grade as I was preparing for Confirmation at St. Luke in Irving. Throughout my years at Jesuit Dallas and Texas A&M, God persisted in inviting me to discern the priesthood more intentionally, but I was sure I had a better plan for my life (spoiler alert: I was wrong!). Finally, after coming to a deeper relationship with God through daily prayer I realized that the Father only wanted my good and knew the best way to satisfy the desires He had given me. The past couple years in seminary have certainly confirmed that!

Seminarian Robert LeGrand

  • Grew up in Allen, TX, as the fifth of six sons of St. Jude Parishioners Randy and Marie Le Grand
  • Earned Eagle Scout Rank through Troop 285 of St. Mark in Plano
  • Actively participated in youth programming at St. Jude including LifeTeen, serving as an alter server, and playing piano for the youth band.
  • Served as a missionary with NET Ministries after graduating high school
  • Attends the University of Dallas where he is majoring in Philosophy & Letters and is in his second year of study at Holy Trinity Seminary

Seminarian Samuel Martinez-Hernandez

  • Samuel Martinez-Hernandez was born on October 18, 1989 into a Catholic family in Valencia, Spain.
  • He was the fourth of ten siblings-two sisters and nine brothers.
  • After graduation from high school, he entered the University of Valencia to study environmental sciences.
  • After his first year at the university, he attended the World Youth Day in Australia.
  • It was in Sydney that he heard the call to the priesthood.
  • After going to Italy for a retreat he indicated his willingness to go to any missionary seminary the Lord would send him.
  • Samuel was send to Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dallas, where completed his third year of theological studies.
  • Samuel is currently spending a year as part of a missionary team bringing the gospel to poor parishes in the midwest
  • He has returned to Redemptoris Mater Seminary to complete his studies prior to a 2020 ordination

Seminarian Nhuan Dominic Nguyen

  • Dominic grew up in Vietnam, arriving here with his parents in 2014.
  • He has wanted to be a priest since he was a young boy and spent some time as a seminarian in South Vietnam.
  • He is entering his second year at Holy Trinity, being assigned for his studies at St. Joseph in Louisiana.
  • His parents and his three younger brothers live in Garland, TX

Listed below is the wonderful bio that he shared:

My full name is Dominic Nhuan Nguyen, and I am 22 years old. Now, I am a Sophomore at Saint Joseph Seminary College, Covington, LA. I would like to share the story of my vocation. 

     I am so grateful that I was born in a devout Catholic Family in South Vietnam. My hometown is Tay Ninh, a small and border town between Vietnam and Cambodia where most people are good and devout Catholics. I have two granduncles that are priests. They gave me motivation and inspiration to discern my vocation from a young age.

     Knowing that I had a desire to become a priest, the pastor at my home parish, Fr. Nghia Ha recruited me into the group of altar boys. There was a requirement in my culture that young men who wanted to become priests should be active in their home parishes for a good period of time so that they could become familiar with parish life and ministry of priesthood. My daily assignments included helping in the sacristy, altar serving, ceremony Emcee, opening and closing the doors and windows of the church and ringing the bells. I also joined many groups in my home parish, which were reserved for children, such as Legion of Mary, the Children’s Choir, and the Eucharistic Youth group. My spiritual director, Fr. Vu Tran, helped me to discern what God wanted me to do. I would not go wrong, and I would go in peace with The Holy Spirit. From this process, my vocation grew day by day. In June 2013, I passed the entrance exam and I was accepted into Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Vietnam) with 11 other candidates on the 5th of September, 2013. I was very proud and happy to enter the seminary. Being in "the house of God" had always been the dream of my life. I loved a life in fraternity with my Bishop, priests, and other brothers. The seminary is a great place to cultivate the virtues. My family was very happy when they knew that I wanted to become a priest.

     In August 2014, we were called to the Consulate General in Saigon to be interviewed, and after a month we were granted visas to enter the United States. We arrived in Dallas on October 28, 2014. We were very happy to reunite with our grandparents and our big family. We are delighted to be living, studying, and working in this wonderful country.

     I studied English at Richland College for two years.  I was selected and called to become a seminarian of the diocese in February 2017.  All are the gifts of God. According to Saint Thérèse de Lisieux: "My vocation is love. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and then I will be all things.”

Seminarian Francis Vu

  • Born and raised in Southern California
  • Has two brothers, Nicolas and Patrick
  • Heard God's call in 2011 while on a pilgrimage to visit Br. André Bessette at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal
  • Parents Bao and Tami Vu moved to Allen in 2012 and joined St. Jude's soon thereafter
  • Bachelor's Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame
  • Experienced the richness of Catholic parish life at St. Jude after graduation
  • Attended St. Jude's CRHP 29
  • Entered priestly formation at Holy Trinity Seminary in 2016
  • Now continuing his journey at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans

Seminarian Nicholas Weiss

  • Nicholas began formation at Holy Trinity in the fall of 2017
  • He was raised in Grand Prairie, TX, where home-schooled all the way through graduation

  • His family attends St. Michael the Archangel parish in Grand Prairie, where he was very
    active as an altar server and in the youth group.

  • In my free time he loves playing guitar, piano, and any other instrument I can pick up.

  • He is a sophomore at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, and I love being a seminarian, even with
    all of its challenges.

  • He states that he is so grateful for St. Jude’s support of him in this journey.

Seminarian Juan Mendes

  • He grew up in a religious family, but felt the calling after being engaged at his parish. 
  • He was involved in many of the church ministries, and from there the calling intensified. 
  • He felt very special being in the parish, going to church and being involved with the community. 
  • He would envision himself doing what the priest did.  And, that’s when he knew.
  • Juan began his journey to the priesthood at Holy Trinity in the fall of 2017
  • He is currently enrolled in the 2nd year of Theology 
  • He spent some time at St. Jude in the summer of 2018


In addition to supporting our ordained Priests, Deacons, and our Seminarians, the Knights of Columbus also support and pray for our parishioners that have been called to become deacons.  Here are the six current diaconates from St. Jude Parish.  Please be sure to keep them in your daily prayers too.


We continue to support or past vocations by praying for them as they have successfully moved into their vocations.

Reverend Russ Mower

  • Reverend Russ Mower was born August 27, 1951 in Augusta, Maine
  • Member of St. Jude Parish since 1997
  • Has three married daughters and four grandkids
  • Graduate of Wichita State University, Degree in Fire Protection Engineering
  • Member of St. Jude Knights of Columbus
  • Discerned call to the Priesthood after the death of his wife in the fall of 2009
  • Is currently studying at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA - Class of 2015
  • He was ordained a transitional deacon on April 5, 2014; and was ordained a priest on May 30, 2015.
  • Reverend Russ Mower currently serves as Pastoral Administrator, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, in Dallas

Please visit his blog site

Rev. Russ was ordained a Dallas diocesan priest on May 30, 2015

May 30th, 2015 Ordination Details Here


Reverend Kevin Wilwert

Twitter Link Follow Rev. Kevin @FatherKW 

  • Reverend Kevin Wilwert was born April 4th, 1986 in Illinois to John & Ellen Wilwert
  • Moved to Allen in January 1989
  • Member of St. Jude parish
  • Music major at Collin County Community College
  • Bachelors in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan
  • University in Steubenville, Ohio
  • Accepted in 2009 by the Diocese of Dallas to attend St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston
  • Kevin & his father joined the St. Jude Knights of Columbus in July of 2013.
  • He is currently assigned as an Associate Director of Formation at Holy Trinity Seminary and also serves as a part-time chaplain at the University of Dallas.

    Rev. Kevin was ordained a Dallas diocesan priest on May 31, 2014

Reverend Greg Gerhart

  • Greg Gerhart was born May 18th, 1987 in Plano, TX, but he grew up in Allen after his family moved here in 1992
  • Greg's parents, Toby and Melinda Gerhart, are active members of the St. Jude parish family, and Toby is a fellow knight.
  • After High School, Greg attended and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in English.
  • He was accepted in 2009 by the Diocese of Austin for entry into priestly formation at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana.
  • The Austin Diocese sent him to Pontifical North American College in Rome for two years, after which he returned to Texas to spend his pastoral year at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Parish in Kyle Texas.
  • Attended in Rome to get his specialization in Bio Ethics of Moral Theology.
  • Currently (July 2018) assigned as Assistant Pastor at St. Mary's in College Station (Texas A&M)

    Rev. Greg was ordained an Austin diocesan priest on July 9, 2016

Reverend Michael Baynham

  • Michael Baynham was raised at St. Ann parish in Coppell
  • He heard the call to the priesthood while in front of the Blessed Sacrament in tenth grade
  • The call was persistent, so decided to enter seminary after high school graduation
  • Michael is a Knight of Columbus in good standing
  • He was assigned to St. Jude parish for a few weeks in the summer of 2010
  • After attending Holy Trinity, he was sent to Catholic University in Washington D.C.
  • He spent his pastoral year at Mary Immaculate in Farmer’s Branch and then returned to Catholic University to continue his studies in the fall of 2015.
  • Fr. Michael was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas
  • Reverend Michael Baynham is currently the parochial vicar at St. Joseph in Richardson

    Rev. Michael was ordained an Dallas diocesan priest on June 3rd, 2017
Michael was ordained a transitional deacon this year, and hewill be completing his studies this next year, culminating in his ordination in 2017.

Novitiate Jody Gienger (now Sister Jacinta of Jesus)

  • Jody was born July 28, 1983 in Saint Francis, Kansas.
  • She was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi in Saint Francis, Ks. And later a member of St. Mary Queen of the Universe in Salina, Ks.
  • Prior to entering the monastery she was a Soil Scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Salina, KS.
  • She participated in several spiritual activities while in Salina including daily Mass, weekly devotion before the Blessed Sacrament, bible study, and monthly scheduled prayer for Vocations; as well as participating in service groups within her church.
  • Jody entered the monastery on November 10, 2012 and took her first vows on December 28, 2013.
  • She is now a novice with the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Arlington, Texas.
  • Nuns in this order attempt to establish a person to person relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer.

Sister Jacinta (Of The Cross) OTC was veiled and took her permanent vows on August 18, 2018

Reverand Giuseppe Spoto

  • Giuseppe Spoto was born on February 19, 1981.
  • He grew up in South Italy and moved to Pisa to study chemistry at the University of Pisa.
  • He began discernment through the help of the Neocatechumal Way and the Augustinian Fathers.
  • Giuseppe entered Redemptoris Mater in Dallas in January 2008.
  • Giuseppe spent two years working at the International Neo-Catechumal Center in Porto San Giorgio, Italy and returned to the United States in August of 2015.
  • He studied Theology in Denver
  • Now serving as Parochial Vicar at Mary Immaculate in Farmers Branch

    Rev. Giuseppe was ordained an Dallas diocesan priest in May 2018


See various activities the council is involved in throughout the year and throughout the community.

PHP - People Helping People

People Helping People Ministry: This important ministry is an offshoot of the St Jude CSI Committee. We are looking for able-bodied Volunteers to help tow, load and unload furniture for area needy families. Please sign up with your name, email, home and mobile phone numbers and your availability.

E-Mail Your Contact Infomation Here
Phil Vicknair 469-881-2137 
Raymond Corral 972-835-6145

Service Pins

Service pins were awarded at the Officer's Installation and Awards Banquet in July to Knights with 5, 10, 25 and 50 years of service. This is a list of the 123 Knights who were eligible to receive a pin.

Culture of Life (Pro-Life) Support and Local Sites

The Knights of Columbus holds the Sanctity of Life in the highest regard, from conception to natural death.  The Council conducts many activities in this effort; but, always in support of our Pastor and St Jude Parish activities and programs.  For those brother knights wishing to assist in these efforts we encourage you to stay in touch through the Parish website, specifically through the Gospel of Life link below.  If you need any assistance in this area our Council Right to Life lead is SK Anthony Perea (469) 212-3726

Click on Image to go to site

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Lighthouse Catholic Media

Brother Knights, many of you are familiar with the new Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk that our council has purchased for the parish. You will see the Kiosk at various events and locations throughout the parish going forward. We have provide below so key links to their online services.

For more information, please check out this Newsletter.You can also contact SK Mike O'Rouke

Lighthouse Catholic Media mp3club
Lighthouse Catholic Media cdclub
Lighthouse Catholic Media youngAdult

Lighthouse Buck a Book / Buck a CD


See here for the notes below along with photos and bios of the speakers.

Want a few more details about the CD Set All Afire?

  • Fr. Robert Barron - Who Is Jesus Christ?: Fr. Barron briefly and powerfully reveals the often misunderstood identity of Jesus Christ.
  • Fr. Michael Gaitley - Best Kept Secrets: Fr. Mike unveils two best kept secrets of the Catholic Faith: Divine Mercy and Our Blessed Mother Mary.
  • Fr. Michael Schmitz - Relativism: Listen as Fr. Mike debunks the ever-popular myth of relativism with sound logic, accessible language, and hilarious anecdotes.
  • Dr. Scott Hahn - True Presence: Dr. Hahn explores the profound mystery and the transforming power of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • Johnnette Benkovic - Best When Broken: Johnnette discusses the true dignity of suffering with a powerful personal testimony.
  • Patrick Madrid - Why I Am Catholic When I Can Be Anything Else: Patrick Madrid gives compelling biblical and historical reasons for why he embraces the faith as a lifelong Catholic.
  • Jason Evert - More Than I Do: Jason Evert exposes the plentiful lies about marriage and the true beauty of human sexuality.

*The mission and intent of this program is for the Buck-a-Book items to be gifted in some way for the benefit of individuals.  For this reason, it is important that there be no monetary compensation associated with the distribution of these items.  Consistent with this, we ask that these items not be distributed through the kiosk program, in exchange for a donation, or payment of any kind.  The CDs purchased for $1 with the books cannot be exchanged for other CDs as part of the Exchange Program.   

*This exciting promotion is made possible by the generosity and openness of all involved....

To order by credit card, go to:  Or you can call Mike O'Rourke at 214-663-9694, and he'll take your credit card info and place your order for you.

Deacon John Boyle

  • John Boyle has been a St. Jude Parishioner since 1988.
  • He is in the 2018 Diaconate Formation class and will be instituted as Acolyte on 1/28/2017
  • Born Feb 3, 1963
  • Wife: Mary, wed in 1983
  • Children: Jennifer Griffith (Chad), Anthony and Sarah. Jennifer and Chad have two daughters. 
  • Both Mary and John grew up in Nebraska and were high school sweethearts. After graduating from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD in 1986, we moved to Plano, TX for a job with Texas Instruments. We joined St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Moved to Allen in 1987 but delayed joining St. Jude until 1988.  Since then have been very involved in parish life including CRHP, baptism classes, PAC, and have been Engaged Couple Sponsors for over 20 years. John presently is a Principal Quality Assurance Engineer with Raytheon.

Rev. John Boyle was ordained an Dallas diocesan deacon in June 2018.

Deacon Andrew Tanner

  • Andrew Tanner has been a St. Jude Parishioner since 2004
  • He is in the 2018 Diaconate Formation Class and will be instituted as Acolyte on 1/28/2017
  • Married to Yoli since 1987
  • Four kids from mid-teen to young adult
  • Rev. Andrew was ordained a deacon in the Dallas Diocese in June 2018 and is assigned to St. Michael Catholic Church in McKinney

Rev. Andrew Tanner was ordained an Dallas diocesan deacon in June 2018

Food Handling Training Online

To assist at the Allen ISD events in the Allen Eagle concession stand fund raisers, you must have a Food Handler Certification. This can be taken online with the link below:


Online Food Handler Class ($10.00 fee)

2 Hour TX Food Handler Certificate Course

Online Training Link