Mike Day is the Director of the Diocesan Center for Family Life (DCFL), the Family Life and Respect Life office of the Diocese of St. Augustine in northeast Florida. He has been a member of NACFLM since 2007 and currently serves as Region IV Representative and Secretary on the Board. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Florida State University and has been married to his bride Evie for 13 years with two children.
Mike has worked for the DCFL for 11 years, first as Marriage and Family Life Coordinator in 2007 then Director in 2012. Prior to working for the Diocese of St. Augustine, he was an Assistant at the Florida Catholic Conference then helped launch a Catholic radio station in Tallahassee, WCVC 1330 AM, and was Station Manager for two years. Over the years he has also done freelance website and graphic design work. He is co-author of The Mission of Love: A Sacramental Journey to Marital Success and Expectant Joy: A Prayer of the Domestic Church Celebrating the Gift of Life.
NACFLM has a vital role in forming family life leadership in support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and it is an honor to be able to collaborate with such tremendous talent from across the country. Through the work of the Association we can continue to foster this shared sense of mission and spirit of collaboration.
Pope Francis writes in Amoris Laetitia “it is important that people experience the Gospel of the family as a joy that ‘fills hearts and lives.’” This experience occurs most directly at the parish, “which is the family of families,” whose vibrancy and community not only nurtures the families themselves but gives life to the entire Church. In the spirit of accompaniment, my desire is to cultivate a greater sense of subsidiarity by promoting resources and support networks that empower dioceses and local parishes to fulfill this calling and invites greater participation of the faithful, embracing the cultural diversity of their communities.
There are certainly many challenges facing the family today but it is an exciting time to be part of this ministry; There is much to be grateful for and much to inspire hope. I will work to ensure that the Association remains a sustainable, thriving resource committed to serving its members and the great work that you do.