Centralia family honored as Missouri KofC family of the year

The Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council has honored Harvey Jr. and Stacy Million and their family, members of Holy Spirit parish in Centralia, as the Missouri Knights of Columbus 2017 family of the year.
Father James Offutt, pastor of Holy Spirit parish, called the Millions a “very deserving family.”
Peter Nicastro, the Knights’ state family life activities director, presented the award at an April 29 banquet in front of the state officers, directors, chairman and wives during the Knights state convention in Jefferson City.
All five daughters — Emily, Rachael, Katie, Caroline and Anna — were able to join Mr. and Mrs. Million for this presentation, along with his parents, Harvey Sr. and Louise Million.
Mr. Nicastro mentioned the many great attributes of the “bridge” that this family is building for our community by connecting people of different faith traditions.
For nine years, Mr. and Mrs. Million have been leading the outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, in which Catholic and Protestant families provide their yards for the stations or join in the procession.
Mr. Million has been a member of Knights of Columbus Father Ray Weis Council 7841 in Centralia for 28 years and is a past grand knight. He joined the council 13 days after his father, who is also still a member.
Mr. Million is Holy Spirit parish’s coordinator for confirmation preparation and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Mrs. Million teaches religion in Holy Spirit parish’s CCD and served for five years as the parish’s religious education coordinator.
The couple will have been married for 25 years this June and have five daughters ranging in age from 13 to 21.
All seven serve in liturgical roles at their home parish or, for two oldest daughters, at their respective campus Newman Centers.
Each has unique interests and talents, from biology research to knife-throwing.
Evangelization is very important to the Million family. They constructed a board with information about the parish’s RCIA program, and as an invitation to non-Catholic members of the community, presented the information at their community’s Independence Day event.
In addition to their work with the parish, Mrs. Million and their daughters are involved with the local Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.
Mr. Million has been a member of the local library and school boards and recently joined the board of the Centralia Historical Society.
Council 7841 was chartered in 1981 and currently has 97 members.
The Jim and Linda Kempker family, also members of Holy Spirit parish, received this award in 1983.

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