Colleen Degen is a wife and mother of three in her 10th year on staff, serving as a Campus Staff Minister first at Valparaiso University, then Purdue University Northwest, and currently as Area Ministry Director for the Chicagoland Suburbs. She grew up in the Catholic Church while also being exposed to many other denominations through her family and friends. This led to InterVarsity’s interdenominational foundation being a great fit when she found it her freshman year at Lewis University. Over the past several years God has grown her Catholic identity and Colleen now has a heart for helping Catholics feel welcome and thrive in InterVarsity.
For those unfamiliar with Catholicism and its beliefs, it may seem complicated, antiquated, and full of ritual. But, having been raised in the Catholic Church, I recognize the ways I have been formed by its teachings and its history, and see ways that it has much to offer the broader Church.