This week, it's my pleasure to introduce you to Clare Zajicek. Clare's an editor and blogger on CatholicTechTalk.com, a group blog of Catholic technology enthusiasts. They're on Twitter as @CathTechTalk and are now accepting submissions for their annual Catholic Parish Website of the Year contest.
Clare works as a Marketing Content Specialist at Liturgical Publications Inc, publisher of bulletins and newsletters for churches. Liturgical Publications offers parishes online solutions for donations and event registrations, websites, and private social networks for churches. You'll find Clare creating online church communications, online donation resources, and Stewardship materials, in addition to working with website strategy, analytics, and advertising management.
To put it simply, she does anything that will help churches communicate and engage with their members and grow their faith communities online!
And did I mention Clare's on Google+? No? Well, there you have it. She is. :)
Tell us about yourself in five words or less.
Catholic mother and tech marketer.
Of your pursuits, what's your favorite?
Nothing beats being a mom! Our son has brought so much love and absolute joy into our lives, and I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to work the majority of my week from home so I can be with him.
In my professional life, I love being a part of CatholicTechTalk.com. Through the blog I’ve been able to network with so many “techie” Catholics who have a passion for spreading the Gospel online. I’ve learned a lot about church communication because of them, and I always look forward to learning more. On the blog we’re currently holding our second annual Catholic Parish Website of the Year contest, and we can’t wait to see the entries this year.
When you think of the New Evangelization from your approach as a "Catholic Techie," what excites you? What makes you want to continue?
The New Evangelization has made me rethink what my goal is as a “Catholic Techie.” When working with LPi’s web products, I ask myself a few questions: How can churches utilize their websites to welcome new members and communicate how essential it is to celebrate Mass? How can we help churches increase a sense of Stewardship within online parish communities? And once parishioners leave their pews, how can we get them talking and connected with one another?
These are all exciting questions, and I continue because I want to figure out the answers.
What's the most rewarding aspect of your work?
It’s a real blessing to be able to integrate my faith and work. I love all aspects of technology and marketing, and using my communication skills in a faith-filled setting is really the best of both worlds.
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?
I’m most likely chasing after my one-year-old son who is always on the move! I also love watching movies and going to concerts with my husband. We both have Android phones, and I rarely go anywhere without my iPod.
Copyright 2013 Sarah Reinhard
About the Author
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.