Diocese of Dallas Gift of Charity

Clergy banquet 2021

Diocese of Dallas Gift of Charity

To All my Brother Knights,

For those that attended the outstanding Clergy Appreciation Banquet held earlier this month, we presented Bishop Burns with our Charity Check in the amount of close to $64K. This represents the 70% of the State Charity amount paid by the Councils of the Diocese of Dallas. As we stated at the presentation, Bishop Burns uses this donation to fund the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities and to the Deaf  throughout the Diocese.

Most Reverend Dallas Bishop Edward Burns receives the charity check from SK Ed Stankunas presented on behalf of the Knights of Columbus Dallas Diocese Chapter.

Thank-you-Charity-Donation-2021-11Please see the note of thanks from Melissa Waldon, Associate Director of the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities and to the Deaf. I had the honor to break bread with Bishop Burns that evening and can tell you he is very appreciative of our financial support and ALL the support that the Knights of Columbus in Dallas and in Texas provide for our #1 Principle of Charity!

I ask all Grand Knights to please share this information with your Councils as many may not know where there charitable donation goes to, and how appreciative the recipients are to receive our support! I will also tell you that I promised Bishop Burns that our check for the 2021-22 Fraternal Year will be closer to $80K, as the Councils in the Diocese of Dallas WILL surpass our State Charity Goal of $114K!!

At the Clergy Banquet we had close to 200 attendees including our two Dallas Bishops, 28 Priests, 13 Deacons and two seminarians. I spoke to many throughout the evening and all were very appreciative of our efforts. The evening was a great success and something to build on for the future!  Our guest speaker Jeff Schiefelbein, a motivational speaker and Catholic Radio Talk Show Host, gave a moving account of his personal family struggle and of meeting Bishop Burns at a crucial time in his life. All throughout the evening you could hear the sounds of smooth jazz playing in the background by musical guests, The Chris McGuire Quartet.

The KayCee Club personnel and staff did an outstanding job with the gourmet dinner and professional service.

Thank you to all in the Diocese of Dallas for your help in this donation and all that you do for our Parishes, our Diocese and the Order!

Vivat Jesus,

SK Mike Courtney
Dallas Diocesan Deputy

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Clergy Reception area
The reception table at the 2021 Dallas Clergy Appreciation Banquet at the KayCee Club in Dallas, Texas.