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.
Associate Director, Criminal Justice Ministry
Following a career in Finance, John joined the Diocese as Associate Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Ministry. John is a CPA and earned a Masters in Tax Accounting degree at the University of New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Diocesan Institute of Ecclesial Ministry, a comprehensive 4-year faith formation program of the Diocese of Austin.
John conducts Catholic service programs in prison and jail units in the Diocese, and advises and coordinates other volunteer teams in their ministry outreach programs to the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, and their families. He is a Certified Volunteer Chaplain's Assistant at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Travis and Bartlett State Jail Units.
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.