Misty Huff, business manager of St. John the Evangelist Church in Viera, will receive the prestigious Spirit of Holy Cross Award during the fourth anniversary celebration of the dedication of the new church building.
Huff, who has been with the parish since 2005, will receive the award during the 11 a.m. mass on Sunday, January 16. This is the first time a Floridian has received the award.
“I’m very, very touched by the award,” Huff said. “It is a great honor to receive this award. I was shocked that I won because I didn’t even know I was nominated.
The Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, annually presents the award to lay collaborators who faithfully serve the province in the United States and abroad.
The award recognizes the critical importance that lay collaborators play in fulfilling Holy Cross Founder Basil Moreau’s vision and mission to make God known, loved and served through education, parishes and missions. .
Four Brevard County Holy Cross priests, including the Reverend John Britto Antony, pastor of St. John’s, nominated Huff for the award.
“She is the pillar of our parish,” Antoine said. “Nothing happens without her. She gives everything for the work she does.
Born in Geneva, Ohio, Huff and her family moved to Daytona Beach as a child. There she attended Catholic elementary school and, after graduating from a Catholic high school, volunteered in many parish ministries, serving as a coordinator for some.
Huff began working for the church in 1994, first in a parish in the Diocese of Orlando, then in the Diocese of St. Augustine.
On September 8, 2001, the Parish of St. John the Evangelist was established in Viera. In 2005, Huff was hired as an accountant.
In 2013, St. John launched a fundraising campaign for the construction of a new church. St. John paved the way in June 2016 and celebrated the grand opening in January 2018.
Soon after, Antony was appointed parish administrator and was tasked with completing various details of the newly built church, including the design and installation of the stained glass windows. Antony launched proposals for additions to the church, a new entrance to the property, changes to parking lots, and the construction of a Marian Grotto with an exterior Stations of the Cross. The construction of these projects began on September 27, 2021.
“My years of service alongside the priests of the Congregation of the Holy Cross have been the most rewarding and memorable of my career,” Huff said. “I feel privileged and blessed to have experienced the love of God through so many dedicated Holy Cross priests, brothers and seminarians. I am proud to have been part of their mission of worship, education and of action to make God known, loved and served within and beyond our community of faith.
Huff, who has resided in Viera East since 2005, has no plans to retire.
“I love this church, this parish and its people,” she added. “It’s amazing the speed with which we have grown and the generosity of the parishioners. It is a challenge to see this parish grow every day.