President-Elect Candidates

President-Elect Candidate

Mike Day

President-Elect Candidate

Socorro Truchan

Mike Day

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 10 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.


Vision

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.

Socorro Truchan

Bio

Socorro Truchan is humbled to be representing Region VI on the Board of Directors of NACFLM. She also serves as a member of the Professional Development Conference Committee, where she successfully facilitated for the first time in NACFLM history, two Spanish (bilingual) formation sessions in 2016. She works for the Diocese of Kalamazoo since November 2013, as the Associate Director for Parish Life and Lay Leadership – Domestic Church. During this time she has worked diligently, reaching out to and accompanying individuals and families in all kinds of situations and social levels; forming caring disciples in marriage and family parish ministry, utilizing all media avenues in English and Spanish; as well as personal one-on-one and family group conversations in parishes, apostolic movements, and area organizations, to promote sound family ministry – as Ecclesia domestica: Taking Family, Marriage and Parenting Seriously and Faithfully.

She is a member of various organizations and committees where she offers her talents in a volunteer capacity, some of which include: Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians (ACHTUS), University Faculty for Life (UFL); She also serves as a Lifetime Member on the Board for Purdue Latino Alumni Association (PLAO). She serves on the Leadership Team for Rachel’s Vineyard (Bilingual) Ministry, and the Michigan Right-to-Life Multicultural Outreach Advisory Committee.

She has completed graduate work in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and in bilingual/bicultural education at Eastern Michigan University. She received a BS degree in Administration from Purdue University. Her work experience is very diverse. She has many years experience working for the Automotive Industry and various Catholic and Public School Systems in the United States, Mexico and Morocco.

She also served as Coordinator for Marriage, Family and Pro-Life in the Archdiocese of Detroit for three years; and as the Administrative Assistant to +Bishop Daniel Flores for three years. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She is married to Tony and they have four children.

 En Español

Socorro se siente honrada de representar a la Región VI en la mesa directiva de NACFLM. También sirve como miembro del Comité de la Conferencia de Desarrollo Profesional, donde facilitó con éxito dos sesiones de formación en español (bilingües) en 2016. Trabaja para la Diócesis de Kalamazoo desde noviembre de 2013, como Directora Asociada para la Vida Parroquial y Liderazgo Laico – Iglesia Doméstica. Durante este tiempo ha trabajado diligentemente, tendiendo la mano y acompañando a individuos y familias en todo tipo de situaciones y niveles sociales; formando discípulos afectivos en el ministerio parroquial familiar, utilizando todas las vías de comunicación en inglés y español; así como conversaciones personales y familiares en parroquias, movimientos apostólicos y organizaciones de área, para promover un sano ministerio familiar – como Ecclesia domestica: Tomando en serio y fielmente la familia, el matrimonio y la crianza de los hijos.

Ella es miembro de varias organizaciones y comités donde ofrece sus talentos en una capacidad voluntaria, algunos de los cuales incluyen: Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academia de Teólogos Hispanos Católicos (ACHTUS), Facultad Universitaria por la Vida (UFL); Ella también sirve como miembro de por vida en la Mesa Directiva para la Asociación de Alumnos Latinos de Purdue (PLAO). Ella sirve en el Equipo de Liderazgo para el Ministerio Viñedo de Rachel (Bilingüe) y el Comité Consultivo Multicultural de Derecho a la Vida de Michigan.

Tiene estudios de posgrado en el Ministerio Pastoral con énfasis en la Nueva Evangelización del Seminario Mayor del Sagrado Corazón en Detroit, y trabajo de posgrado en educación bilingüe / bicultural. También recibió una licenciatura en Administración de la Universidad de Purdue. Su experiencia de trabajo es muy diversa. Ella tiene muchos años de experiencia trabajando para la Industria Automotriz y varios Sistemas Católicos y de Escuelas Públicas en los Estados Unidos, México y Marruecos.

Ella también sirvió como Coordinadora de Matrimonio, Familia y Pro-Vida en la Arquidiócesis de Detroit por tres años; y como Asistente Administrativo del +Obispo Daniel Flores por tres años. Habla inglés, español y francés con fluidez. Está casada con Tony y tienen cuatro hijos.

Vision

NACFLM Vision 2017 and Beyond…[1]

In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living; radiant faith… (CCC 1656) There is an urgent need to walk together and unafraid in our ministry to families as Ecclesia domestica.

In my vision for NACFLM, and with the grace of God, I will build, foster, and promote an effective witness to Christ in my own family, as domestic church, and challenge all NACFLM members to do the same. We must make visible the living face of Christ as an organization so that the people and families we serve will encounter our Lord in our ministry and in turn, in their own lives. Centered in prayer, we will joyfully allow the beauty of the family to come forth so that the world may encounter the love of God present among His people.

As a member of NACFLM, I’ve learned what it means to be one family in ministry, learning from each other, working in collaboration from our respective ‘little corners of the world’. I will continue to work tirelessly and with great joy, to facilitate the growth of the heart of family ministry centered in Christ, utilizing all media avenues, networking connections, as well as personal one-on-one and family ministry group conversations, to promote strengthening the Church’s commitment to families.

 En Español

En nuestros días, en un mundo frecuentemente extraño e incluso hostil a la fe, las familias creyentes tienen una importancia primordial en cuanto faros de una fe viva e irradiadora(CCC 1656) Hay una urgente necesidad de caminar juntos y sin miedo en nuestro ministerio a las familias como Ecclesia domestica.

En mi visión para NACFLM, y con la gracia de Dios, construiré, fomentaré y promoveré un eficaz testimonio de Cristo en mi propia familia, como iglesia doméstica, y desafiaré a todos los miembros de NACFLM a hacer lo mismo. Debemos hacer visible el rostro vivo de Cristo como una organización para que el pueblo y las familias a quienes servimos encuentren a nuestro Señor en nuestro ministerio ya su vez en sus propias vidas. Centrados en la oración, permitiremos con alegría que la belleza de la familia surja para que el mundo pueda encontrar el amor de Dios presente entre Su pueblo.

Como miembro de NACFLM, he aprendido lo que significa ser una familia en ministerio, aprendiendo unos de otros, trabajando en colaboración desde nuestros respectivos “pequeños rincones del mundo”. Seguiré trabajando incansablemente y con gran alegría, para facilitar el crecimiento del corazón del ministerio familiar centrado en Cristo, utilizando todas las vías de comunicación, conexiones de redes, así como conversaciones personales y de grupos familiares, para promover el fortalecimiento del compromiso de la Iglesia con las familias.

[1] NACFLM vision statement Socorro Truchan_2017