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
Ray Rivera The Knights of Columbus are often referred to collectively as “the strong right arm” of the Catholic Church. Ray is one of the members of our council who embody that literally, often with a spatula, a hammer or a power tool in his right hand. Rare is the 8157 cookout in which he…
Family of the Month
Larry and Sheila Balagna The Balagnas were again here, there and everywhere among council activities during the past three months. They were part of the 8157 contingent that drove up to the St. Joseph’s Catholic residence home in Oak Cliff to provide a wonderful cookout lunch on the Saturday before Mothers’ Day. Sheila was part…
Knight of the Year
- Minimum of three years of membership.
- Must be in good standing (dues current).
- Must have served as a Director, Officer or Committee Chairman before nomination.
- Must try to participate in the majority of Knight events and functions.
- Willing to be proactive; someone who takes initiative.
- Attends and participates in monthly meetings when possible.
- The Grand Knight is not eligible during his time in office.
- Parish and community participation to be strongly considered.
- Knight of the Year award can be received only once.
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…