Putting out into the ‘digital’ deep, ‘My Year of Faith’ app goes live
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is answering Pope Benedict XVI’s call to use new media and technology, providing a blog and mobile app (available for iPhone and Android mobile device users) as part of an exciting faith-building initiative.
This app, which went live Oct. 11, is titled “My Year of Faith” and can be a daily, customizable resource for users. It includes many features that lead to a deeper understanding of their faith, an increased prayer life, and reflections and thoughts from nationally known bloggers and writers – all with daily content updates.
The list of contributors is a “who’s who in Catholic social media” including blogger Lisa Hendey of CatholicMom.com, popular Catholic authors and speakers, and local voices, too, like Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Those who do not have smartphones can follow the blog at www.myyearoffaith.com.
The “My Year of Faith” app costs 99 cents and is available for iOS and Android. That includes tablets such as iPad and the Kindle Fire.
According to Megan Oberhausen of the diocesan Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries, the new media outreach serves two purposes.
“The first is catechesis,” said Oberhausen, “by offering a short reading every day to help people know and love their faith more deeply.”
“The second is evangelization, by helping Catholics share their faith with joy and enthusiasm and providing a place where others can encounter the love of Jesus Christ and the light and hope of the Gospel,” she added in an interview with Today’s Catholic, the diocesan newspaper. “It’s all about leading people to Jesus!” [More]