Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
Demonstrating that it can use New Media for the New Evangelization, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has become the first to launch a blog and mobile app to coincide with the Church's "Year of Faith." The Diocese lauched the blog and app in response to Pope Benedict XVI's call to "witness to the Gospel in the digital age."
"The Year of Faith offers many opportunities to examine and deepen our Catholic faith," said Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades. "The Diocese has designed a special website to help you learn more about your faith and to encourage you on this journey to deepen and strengthen your faith."
The My Year of Faith blog and mobile app will offer short daily reflections on a variety of Catholic topics, including the Apostle's Creed, what happens at Mass, prayers and traditions, and the New Evangelization. It also features a daily challenge, suggesting prayer, reading, or actions to grow in faith, and a customizable calendar.
It's the first mobile app for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and was developed by Little i Apps, LLC, the creators of other Catholic mobile apps.
Both the app and blog will feature several well-known Catholic bloggers, authors, and speakers, bishops, priests, and lay men and women, such as Lisa Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com; Fr. Leo Patalinghug, the cooking priest; author Brandon Vogt, and others.
"We feel it is an incredible new approach that embraces the Church's call for improved social media," said Patrick Lienen, co-founder of Little i Apps.
"I believe a tool like this app will be the perfect spiritual companion for families like mine," said Lisa Hendey. "The content will be instructive for Catholics, but will also provide us with the tools and motivation to share our faith with our loved ones and friends."
The app is available for iOS and Android devices and can be purchased in iTunes and on the Android Market for $0.99.