Welcome to the first edition of The Heavenly Express – Newsletter for the Archangels Men’s Network of Catholic Charities Dallas. Here you will find the latest highlights, what’s to come, and general auxiliary group reminders.

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Breakfast With the Bishop – October 2021

Looking Back

In Review: Archangels Activity

The last half of 2021 (and the beginning of 2022) was very active for the Archangels!

October 2021: Our 10th Annual Breakfast With the Bishop with over 200 plus attendees, great fellowship, presentations, and the individual generosity of Archangels, helped provide additional funding to the CCD Food Outreach program.

November 2021: Our fall volunteer project at the Marillac Center made a difference in the physical appearance of the facility. Making the grounds more appealing to members of our community taking advantage of the CCD services provided.

December 2021: Once again the Angels of Charity Women’s Auxiliary lead the way in funding and providing gifts to over 800 families to make their Christmas a little better. For our part, the Archangels once again provided bartending services for the fundraiser and parking lot duty for the distribution. Well done Angels of Charity, you all are awesome and a true example of Christian service to us all.

Christmas Celebration: Hosted an in-person Archangel Parish Liaison meeting conducted by Kiel Werking and Dan O’Connell. We then joined the Board of Directors and the Angels for a great Holiday Happy Hour at CCD Headquarters on Mockingbird Lane.

January 2022: The Archangels By-Laws were revised at the end of 2021 to establish five standing Committees with designated chairs focused on enabling the mission of the Archangels Men’s Network. More to come in the next newsletter about how to sign up and participate:

  • Membership
  • Parish Relations
  • Community Service Projects
  • Events
  • Communication

Golf outing in the works

Looking Ahead

Spring Happenings for the Archangels Men’s Network

March 2022: Our parish liaisons will be holding food drives at their parishes throughout the month of March. Our goal is to collect 50,000 lbs of food!


May 2022: We will be hosting the 1st Annual Archangels Ryder’s Cup on May 17th. Teams are currently filled, but if you are interested in playing please email us at info@ccdallas.org.

More details to follow as we define dates for our St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour, Spring Volunteer Project, and food distribution.

America performs at 2022 Bishop’s Gala

CCD Updates

Latest news from the organization

  • 24th Annual Bishop’s Gala: Thank you to all who supported the Bishop’s Gala on February 5th through tickets, sponsorships, auction bidding, and more. The total revenue was over $2 million with about 900 people in attendance. All enjoyed the entertainment provided by Grammy Award-Winning Band, America.
  • Homelessness & Housing: Nearly 60 permanent residents have moved into St. Jude Center – Park Central. The goal is to have 180 residents once all the renovations of all the floors have been completed.
  • Children’s Services: 197 unaccompanied refugee minors were reunified with family members in the United States throughout the last calendar year.

Who We Are & Auxiliary Group Updates

  • Archangel Record Update: Please visit our auxiliary page and make sure we have your most up-to-date information. While you are there, let us know how you want to help!
  • Thank you to our parish liaisons for their diligent work within the Diocese of Dallas!

St. Patrick – Andy Ellard

All Saints – Mike Holmes

Christ the King – Luis Patrocchi

St. Paul – Rick Donnelli

Holy Spirit – Keith Archer

St. Rita – Dan Darrouzet

St. Monica – Willy Leon

St. Mark’s/Plano – Pete Rickert

St. Joseph – David Roffino

Holy Trinity – Jared Sulak

Prince of Peace – Kiel Werking

St. Thomas Aquinas – Roger Richards

St. Francis/Frisco – James Bailey

Our Lady of the Lake – Patrick Mason

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton/Plano – Mark Greim

St. Pius – Ralph Fierro

St. Michael/Garland – Andy Zihlman

Mary Immaculate – Corky Mahaffey

St. Ann/Coppell – Ed Leonard

St. Jude/Allen – Ty Bretz

St. Gabriel’s/McKinney – Greg Colandrea

St. Bernard – Tony Contanza

St. Elizabeth of Hungary – Michael Alfers

St. Ann/Kaufman – Billy Littleton & James Duerr

St. Joseph/Waxahachie – Adan Navarrete

St. Patrick’s/Denison – Andy Simonson

Our Lady of Angels – Joseph Bailes

Catholic High Schools – Steve Koch

Mission: The Archangel Men’s Network is a social and service network of men across the Diocese of Dallas providing opportunities for fellowship, service and outreach through a variety of initiatives, events, financial and social activities that strengthen and support the mission of Catholic Charities of Dallas.

Vision: The Archangels fulfill this mission in the following ways:

  • Serving others by providing support– spiritually, physically or financially to Catholic Charities of Dallas.
  • Forming a unique resource of diverse skills and talent.
  • Supporting all members with a wide range of activities addressing important men’s issues.
  • Providing a network of men through friendship and faith across the Diocese of Dallas.

Commitment: As a network of Catholic men, the Archangels are called to join together through unique, social, and philanthropic opportunities within our community– to share our faith with one another, to pray and work together, encourage others to join in our mission, and to support each other along the way.

President, Rick Donnelli – rick@sell-buyhouse.com

Vice President, Mark Koch – mark.koch@outlook.com

Secretary, Pete Rickert – p-rickert@ti.com