Allison was born in the home state of the acapella group, Straight No Chaser, and the greatest spectacle of racing — Indiana. She is the youngest of three girls, and the sole extrovert in her family (proving that God indeed has a sense of humor). When she was about six-years-old, her parents decided to homeschool her and her sisters after praying a novena to St. Joseph and receiving what can best be described as “divine affirmations”. She was homeschooled from grades 1-12, and over these years (and in fact, her whole life!) her parents taught her about the Catholic Faith, and thus instilled in her a love for her Faith.Allison Bio

Over the years, she moved to Ohio with her family, which is where she lived until 2015. After high school, she attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she majored in Communication Arts (concentration in Radio/TV) and Theology, and minored in History. Essentially, she didn’t know what she wanted to do and just studied everything. During her senior year, after interviewing for a company, she realized how much she wanted to work in ministry. She attended the job/ministry fair at Franciscan University, and interviewed with the ministry Paradisus Dei (which provides parish programs such as That Man is You! and The Choice Wine), based out of Texas. Her thought at the time was “This will be good experience to do an interview, but I won’t do anything crazy like move to Houston.” However, after learning more about the ministry and through much prayer, that’s exactly what she did! She moved to Houston, Texas in 2015 where she began her job as a program coordinator.

Answering the Call:

At the beginning of the summer of 2016, I heard about a volunteer freelance position with the St. Paul Evangelization Society. I’ve been looking for a way to continue developing and perfecting my skill of writing (whether it be articles, stories or scripts), and the opportunity to write for another great Catholic ministry sounded perfect! During my interview, I knew very quickly that I wanted to join this ministry. I think that it is so important; as it seems that the world continues to be enveloped with news of violence, death and darkness, there is a greater need to share stories of Christ’s light and hope in the world. I hope to contribute stories of this light so that we do not give into despair, but continue as St. Paul says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in trial, persevere in prayer!”

Favorite Verse:

Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Fun Fact:

I also play the organ and on occasion help parishes out by playing for Masses, Stations of the Cross, etc.

Allison can be reached at abarrick@spesinchrist.com.