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
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
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
- 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…