Archdiocese creates new Secretariat for Communications to increase outreach to active and inactive Catholics

May 11, 2011

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, has named Angela K. Flood as Secretary for Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington, effective May 4, 2011.

Flood will lead the archdiocese’s newly created Secretariat for Communications, which includes the Office of Communications; the Office of Evangelization, Outreach and Information; and Carroll Publishing, which produces the Catholic Standard and El Pregonero newspapers.

The Secretariat was recently created as part of a new focus in the archdiocese on the “New Evangelization.” Last September, Cardinal Wuerl issued a pastoral letter on the new evangelization, Disciples of the Lord: Sharing the Vision, in which he invites Catholics who participate in the Church to reinvigorate their own faith and invite others whose faith has grown stale to reconnect and rediscover Christ. Pope Benedict XVI has called this new evangelization a “reproposing” of the faith.

The Secretariat for Communications has already reached out in new ways to fulfill this mission, including a redesigned website to better engage people with the Church, a new email contact system to reach parishioners directly – including a regular e-letter from Cardinal Wuerl – and the increased use of social media tools such as Facebook to reach out to active and inactive Catholics in the archdiocese.

“Angela Flood brings more than two decades of professional experience in communications and management, both in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government as well as the private sector,” Cardinal Wuerl said. “We are very pleased to have Angela manage the growing communications efforts of the archdiocese, as we continue to find new ways to share the Gospel message” he said.

In her role as senior strategist, Flood is charged with leading the development, coordination and implementation of communications across the archdiocese using a wide variety of platforms. She will be a key voice in projecting the vision and values of the Catholic faith and its teachings.

“This Secretariat offers a promising opportunity to share the gospel with people in more innovative and direct ways,” Flood said. “I’m humbled and excited to serve the Church in this new mission.”

Flood brings more than 20 years of experience in senior positions in politics and the private sector, most recently as a Vice President of DCI Group, LLC, a public affairs firm in Washington, DC. She also served as Deputy Director of Political Affairs at The White House, Chief of Staff and Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) and Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN).

An Indiana native, Flood holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and business from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria, VA, where she serves as a lector.

Chieko Noguchi
Office of Communications
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