By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — Sarah Adams, a Davenport native and St. Ambrose University graduate, recently began her work as the diocese’s first Social Media Coordinator.
The Diocese of Davenport created this new position in response to the ever-increasing use of social media in parishes, schools and the world in general over the past few years, said Deacon David Montgomery, diocesan chief of staff. “Social media provides an additional mode of communication that is being used for a wide spectrum of content from evangelization to sharing experiences between families, friends, the homebound and strangers.”
Adams, 24, will be working with the chancery, parishes and schools to develop creative methods and original, theologically sound content for social media that encourages, inspires and enriches the spiritual life of people in the Diocese of Davenport and beyond.
A graduate of Assumption High School in Davenport, she studied theology and marketing at St. Ambrose University in Davenport and earned a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Louis University (SLU) in St. Louis. “While working toward my degrees, I worked in the campus ministry departments of St. Ambrose and SLU,” she said. “At SLU, I also served as a research assistant for the Department of Theological Studies and remotely facilitated the Faith Seminar course at Assumption High School. I had the wonderful experience of working for the chancery last summer (2021) as an intern for the Office of Evangelization.”
Deacon Montgomery said Adams “provides the knowledge and experience we need to guide (diocesan entities) in this newer method of communication from a sound theological perspective.”
Adams said her favorite part of the job so far is working with people “who have served me in my own faith journey … I grew up in the Diocese of Davenport, so it feels special to get to work alongside them.” She embraces the opportunity to “spread the Gospel in a fresh way and to share, through social media, the awesome work that the people in our diocese do every day!”
She hopes her work will help to “greater unify the people of our diocese and strengthen our sense of community, to cultivate an environment of love and acceptance in which all are free to come as they are and to accompany and encourage people on their walk with God.”
About Sarah Adams
Position: Social Media Coordinator
Home parish: St. Paul the Apostle in Davenport
Family: Johnny Callahan and I met at St. Ambrose University in Davenport in 2016 and have been together for almost four years now. We got engaged in April and are getting married next July! My grandmother, “Grandma Bub,” is a beacon of faith and joy in my life (at 101 years old)! My parents, Mary and Don Adams, grew up in Peoria, Illinois, but are longtime Quad-Citians and parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle. I have two older brothers and an older sister who are all married to wonderful people and raising my seven brilliant, adorable and spunky nieces and nephews.
Hobbies/interests: I love stories and listening to people’s experiences! I have a part-time job bartending and I love the opportunity that it gives me to meet so many new people with different views, beliefs and backgrounds than mine. When I am not working, you may find me reading, playing golf or jogging with friends. I love trying new things!