Family of the Month – January 2012

Frances & Jeff Miller

Frances and Jeff Miller are the council’s Family of the Month for January. Simply put, Frances is the reason that Jeff is a Catholic. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., in an active Catholic home, one of seven siblings. Jeff grew up in a family with little religious emphasis. When they met at Auburn University in Alabama in the mid-1970’s and decided to marry, Jeff was happy to convert since that was important to Frances and her family. He didn’t have much involvement in the early religious life of their growing family (Kimberly, Jason, Kevin and Joseph were born from 1979 through ’85) when they lived in Alabama and Florida since, as a sportswriter, he was often traveling on weekends. But when they arrived in Dallas County in 1987, they were both able to become involved at Holy Spirit – mostly teaching religious education in their children’s classes. Jeff joined the Knights in the late 1990’s at the invitation of then-Grand Knight Bill Chalko, whom he met as DeSoto High School band parents. Jeff became Holy Spirit’s director of community life in May of last year and still does some sports-writing when time permits – he’s currently working on a book about legendary golfers Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson that’s scheduled to be published next fall. Frances is the administrator of an outpatient surgery center in north Dallas.