Family Activities

Sir Knight Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller

Family Activities Director

Frances and Jeff Miller joined Holy Spirit Parish soon after they moved with their four young children to DeSoto from Jacksonville, Fla., late in 1987, when Jeff was hired by The Dallas Morning News. They met in the mid-1970s while attending Auburn University in Alabama and were married in 1978. Frances earned a nursing degree but spent a number of years as a stay-at-home mother while Kim, Jason, Kevin and Joseph were growing up. She returned to the medical profession in the mid-1990s and has been the administrator of an outpatient surgery center in north Dallas for the past 11 years. Jeff has spent most of his career in journalism, though he was Holy Spirit’s director of community life for about a year and a half in 2011-12. Jeff joined the Knights during the summer of 1997 at the invitation of then-Grand Knight Bill Chalko, a fellow band parent at Desoto High back then. Frances and Jeff are Eucharistic Ministers at the 11:30 Mass, and Jeff also helps with the outreach ministry’s Eucharistic Ministers for the Sick and Homebound on occasion – kind of coming out of the bullpen when Mary Flusche needs some fill-in help. Frances grew up in a Catholic home along with five sisters and a brother and attended Catholic schools through high school. Jeff converted just before they were married.


Knight of the Month

Each month a Knight of this Council is selected the Knight of the Month because of his contribution to the success of the Council and/or by his actions demonstrated his commitment to the principles of Charity, Unity, and  Fraternity.   He could be awarded Knight of the Month for his efforts on a specific event or an accumulation of actions that warrant his selection. 

Nominations are accepted, discussed and voted upon during the regular Officers and Directors meeting held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  The Family Activity Director administers the Knight of the Month process from nomination to awarding the recipient his certificate.   All Knights in good standing are eligible for this award.


Jim Russell and Tom Greco

Knight of the Month – June 2019

Jim Russell Jim has just about reached the figurative halftime of a challenging KC assignment – serving as a council officer and as the ultimate assembly officer. He’s one fraternal year into being the Faithful Navigator for Assembly 2799 and finishing up one year as Council 8157’s recording secretary. He’s turning in the latter given…



Family of the Month

Each month a family is selected to receive the Family of the Month award because of the contribution the family made to the welfare of the Council or the Parish community in general. Consideration is given to all family members when selecting the Family of the Month. Good works come in many forms and all will be considered when making this selection. Nominations for Family of the Month are accepted, discussed and
voted upon during the regular Officers and Directors meeting held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Any Knight can attend this meeting and nominate a Knight and his family for this award. All Knights in good standing are eligible to receive this award. The Family Activity Director administers this award from nomination through awarding of the certificate.




Family of the Month – July 2019

Russell and Patricia Gully Russell joined the Knights and our council in March 1987, a few months after the newlyweds moved to DeSoto. They met in Austin, where Russell was attending the University of Texas. Russell served as our Grand Knight 1994-96 and since then has for many years been 8157’s Advocate – and even…



Knight of the Year

The Knight of the Year is an award presented to the most outstanding Knight for the fraternal year which ends June 30th of each year. During the May general meeting all nominations are accepted. Each Knight present at this meeting is asked to place three Knights in nomination via secret ballot for the Knight of the Year award. These votes are then tabulated by the Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight and Chancellor, with the top three in vote count presented for final vote during the June general meeting; again by secret ballot. The winner is then announced during the Awards ceremony dinner sometime in August.
There are some specific requirements to be nominated and voted for as the Knight of the Year:

  1. Minimum of three years of membership.
  2. Must be in good standing (dues current).
  3. Must have served as a Director, Officer or Committee Chairman before nomination.
  4. Must try to participate in the majority of Knight events and functions.
  5. Willing to be proactive; someone who takes initiative.
  6. Attends and participates in monthly meetings when possible.
  7. The Grand Knight is not eligible during his time in office.
  8. Parish and community participation to be strongly considered.
  9. Knight of the Year award can be received only once.

Officer installation and awards dinner – July 2017

The annual installation of officers for the order’s fraternal year, which begins July 1, and our council’s awards dinner was held in Holy Spirit’s dining room on Saturday, July 8, following the quarterly Corporate Communion Mass at the Saturday 5:30 Mass. The evening’s events culminated with the announcement of SK Jorge Ruiz as the 31st…