I have been married for 20 years to my wife Mayra and we have three children: Cristina, Antonio Jr. and Katya.
I have been Recorder and Deputy Grand Knight at 644 Basilica of St. John, my home council. With the assistance of Mike Gaspers, Joe Ramirez, and Pat O'Keefe I became charter Grand Knight of the Hispanic Council 14267 in Our Lady of the Americas Des Moines. I served two years as a Grand Knight and then 6 as Financial Secretary.
I changed parishes to Saint Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines and noticed there was no council. Father John Bertogli agreed to start a new council and along with David Miller and Joe Ramirez we started Council 15336 at St. Ambrose.
I was elected to the 3rd Degree Executive Committee in 2010 after State Secretary Michael Laake encouraged me to run. He named me State Family Director and Hispanic Outreach Director.
State Deputy Joe Ramirez conferred me the honor to serve as State Program Director (so far my favorite job in State) during his administration. My greatest memory was bringing the Relics of the Seven KC Martyr Priests for a one month pilgrimage across the state.
Along with State Deputy Dan Werner, I ran for State Warden for the state and became a State Officer in 2014. I then ran with State Deputy Jon Aldrich for State Secretary, and finally in 2017 I ran for the highest office in the jurisdiction, State Deputy which is my current position.
I am excited about the Knights and all the reach that we have. I enjoy the work that State Officers and the Membership team put to make the Order available to all the Order.
If you want a reason to be a Knight, do it to change the world. The strength of our numbers and the might of our Savior will lead us to amazing things. We need to discover that potential so it is now me pointing my index finger at you: are you ready to change the world with us? I bet you are!
A House subcommittee passed House File 173 Tuesday afternoon. The bill would require physicians to be physically present to administer drugs to cause abortions. In other words, it would prohibit "webcam" abortions that are done…Continue
The Diocese of Des Moines announced that a new position has been created: Coordinator of Hispanic Youth Ministry, and filled by Luis Salinas-Mendoza (DGK Saint Bernard Council 8702 in Osceola).
Luis comes to the diocese with a wealth of experience at the parish level and diocesan levels, both in Mexico and in the United States and has been a parishioner, member of the parish staff, and local leader in the Hispanic community of St. Bernard Parish in Osceola for a…Continue
The Diocese of Des Moines erected a Day of the Dead altar on the second floor of the Catholic Pastoral Center in Des Moines. The Altar honors Past State Deputy Jim Chambers and his wife Jude who passed away earlier this year. They were both important pillars of the Iowa Knights of Columbus and their spirit continue to inspire Knights in all of our great state.
The "Altares de Día de Muertos" is a tradition in Mexico that…Continue