Hello. My name is Angela.
Who I Am: Someone once wrote me this note, and I like to think that it’s true: “You are a jewel in this world – a beautiful reflection of Christ’s love. In your gentle way, you change lives by simply being present. You are intelligent, creative, and wise.”
… On the flip side, people often tell me that I remind them of Daria.
My 40 Hours: Full-time for a Catholic evangelization apostolate, designing print and web materials, supervising our social media presence, co-producing and occasionally hosting a weekly Catholic TV/radio show, and – whenever possible – mentoring college students through our Media + Ministry internship program. (Inspired Angela blog is personal, and does not represent my employers.)
My Past: My name used to be Angela Santana (then I got married). Under that name, I blogged at Catholic Media Girl, ran a graphic/web design apostolate, and helped inspire Brandon Vogt’s groundbreaking book, The Church and New Media. My nickname in college was “The Feminine Mystique.” I thank hard rock band P.O.D. for facilitating my conversion to Christ. As a little girl, I wanted to be many things; among them, an archeologist — until I discovered that dinosaurs terrify me.
My Free Time: While not working, I’m usually enjoying a chat with my husband Dan, who inspires me daily. Two of my favorite “things” are 1. hot, herbal tea; 2. the arts.
I’m glad to welcome you here. Please enjoy this collection. Peace to you.
The “Official” Stuff:
Academic – Bachelor of Arts in English Communication Arts summa cum laude, Honors Scholar, concentrating in Theology and in Marketing. Saint Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas – a Catholic and Marianist institution.
Thesis – “New Media, New Evangelization: The Unique Benefits of New Media and Why the Catholic Church Should Engage Them.” 2010. Saint Mary’s University.
Recent Speaking / Consulting Engagements Include –
- Digital media and evangelization consultation — University of Notre Dame, Institute for Church Life
- “Lift Up Your Hearts” and “Woman as a Masterpiece of God” — various Catholic women’s conferences & events
- “How to be a new media missionary: Lessons from Mary, Star of the New Evangelization” — Catholic New Media Conference
- “Marshall McLuhan for Catholic communicators” — Apostles in New Media mini-conference, Peter and Paul Ministries
- “Go Out and Be Disciples: The Role of Media in Faith” — Bibles and Brews series, St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas)
- “Podcasting production” and “Video production” — workshops for Catholic teachers, Daughters of St. Paul’s Media Literacy Certification Week
- “One Gospel, One Goal” — new media seminar, Pilgrim Center of Hope