Staff Bios


DeKarlos Blackmon
Secretariat Director for Life, Charity, and Justice

F(redron) DeKarlos Blackmon serves as the Secretariat Director of Life, Charity, and Justice for the Diocese of Austin. He comes to the position after not only having served in parochial and education ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham, but also having served as the Sixteenth Supreme Knight, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of the Knights of Peter Claver (2010-2016).

In addition to serving as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Cultural Diversity for African American Affairs, he serves as the President of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights. Over the years, he has been actively involved in pastoral ministry, outreach, developing youth, and promoting civic improvement. Blackmon holds paramount the responsibility to bring faith into the public square—standing arduously for the hard right as opposed to the easy wrong. Blackmon presents workshops on catechesis, liturgy, pastoral ministry, Catholic education, and leadership throughout the country. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.



Deacon Doots Dufour
Director of Criminal Justice Ministry

After serving 21 years in the U.S. Army, retired as Lieutenant, Deacon "Doots" joins the Diocese of Austin as Director for Criminal Justice helping many inmates find resources back into civilian life. He is more than influential in the views of the public and what needs to change within the Criminal Justice system to reduce recidivism and methods of punishment. Deacon Doots attended the University of Notre Dame before proudly serving in the Korean War and Vietnamese War.



Luisa De Poo
Associate Director Pro-Life Activities

The Diocese of Austin is more than excited to welcome Luisa this past March. Luisa is working diligently to build a culture of life by promoting the dignity of all persons from natural birth to natural death. Luisa has spent much of her life heavily involved helping the Catholic community. She has earned multiple educational degrees including Masters in Theology from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist.