Catholic Techie Allison DeWolf

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A few months ago, Allison DeWolf introduced herself to all of us as our CatholicMom.com intern. In that time, I’ve had a chance to work with her and it’s great to be able to share her techie side with everyone else.

She says of herself:

I’m just a ‘normal’ Roman Catholic young woman.  I’m a junior at Franciscan University, studying Theology and Catechetics with a concentration in Youth Ministry and a minor in Multimedia Communications.  After college, I hope to be a youth minister and maybe even eventually open an allergen-friendly restaurant.

She blogs at Faint Hue of Grace, is active on Twitter as @a_dewolf, and I suspect does at least four times as much as she lets on.

CATHOLIC TECHIE Allison DeWolf

Tell us about yourself in five words or less.

Student leader, future catechist, designer.

Of your pursuits, what’s your favorite?

It’s definitely a mesh of studying theology and blogging.  I have a real passion for the faith and for learning how to teach it to others.  At the same time, I love to incorporate what I learn in my theology classes into my writing, even though it’s usually not a blatant theology lesson.

When you think of the New Evangelization from your approach as a “Catholic Techie,” what excites you? What makes you want to continue?

I love the idea of reaching the “unreachable” through media.  This is why evangelizers like Fr. Robert Barron, Brandon Vogt, Matthew Warner, and many others are effective and are reaching so many through their work.  While I don’t expect to ever reach the caliber of these men, I still think that there is a place for a Catholic college student’s writing in the hubbub of all the other college “junk” out there.  The controversies and hard topics don’t scare me away, and neither do the technicalities of new media.  (I love some good technology just as much as the next one- bring on the new iPhone!)

Some day, I hope to incorporate my love of the Faith into youth ministry, and reach the next generation who’s grown up with snapchat, instagram, and unlimited texting.  The challenge of making the Truth attractive to them while not diluting the message is exhilarating.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work?

I think there’s a careful balance between hitting people over the head with heavy ungraspable “Catholic stuff” and giving them enough of a taste that they want to think about it so they can come back to it later.  I like exploring where this balance lies.

If something makes me think even after I’ve hit publish, I can usually be certain it’ll make someone else think too.  One of the most complimentary things anyone’s ever said to me was in response to a certain blog post I wrote, when they told me, “I wish that I could read this every morning of my life.”

In your spare time, what are we likely to find you doing? Do you have a gadget in hand or do you go native and screenless?

When I’m at school, I can usually be found in the chapel office, where I serve many hours a week on our university Liturgy Committee.  While I’m there, I’m usually coordinating people, iPhone in hand and radio in ear.

While I’m at home, I’m probably reading (sans technology), playing with my 12 nieces and nephews (and probably taking a couple of pictures), scouring the internet for resources I can use to evangelize, or blogging.  But usually I have my phone within arm’s reach.

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Copyright 2014 Sarah Reinhard

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