Confession App Goes Viral
Feeling Guilty? There's an App for that!
Holy Cross College Adjunct and Residence Hall
Director Co-Develops the Confession App
"We went viral yesterday when we were picked up by several news agencies. Leno and Conan made jokes about it last night. And, this morning, Whoopi downloaded it on the Vue. It's been in the New York Times, on CNN and Fox." said Ryan Kreager, Holy Cross College Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Residence Hall Director. "Now, hits on the website are really taking off."
"Apps for Appletm devices are hot commodities and we were just three Catholic guys brainstorming how we could use our programming skills to develop apps with a Catholic audience in mind." Ryan explained.
An app is a simple software program that when loaded on an iPhonetm, iPadtm, or iPhonetm can simplify a common task. There are apps for saving appointments, taking notes, playing games, paying bills and organizing photos. Why not an app for confession?
Ryan and his partners, Chip and Patrick Leinen, two brothers from South Bend, developed Confession: A Roman Catholic App and co-founded the company Little i Apps (www.littleiapps.com). This confession helping app is downloadable on the website for the low price of $1.99.
"Since the purpose of an app is to solve a common problem, we decided that helping people with confession would be a great place to start." Ryan recalled.
Many Catholics experience the sacraments at very young ages. They continue practicing the sacraments while in school, but as young adults they may go off into the secular world and lose touch for awhile. When they begin maturing or forming families of their own, many return to their Catholic faith. But after having been away for awhile, confession is a sacrament that can be more difficult for some. Confession, the app helps individuals with this challenge by leading them through a personal examination of conscience. The app creates a customized examination based on their unique information. A user enters a name, password and personal information such as age and marital status, the app then provides questions that help prepare for the confessional. It was developed both for those who frequent the sacrament and those who wish to return.
The team worked in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Dan Scheidt, Pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. After fully testing the app with multiple users, it received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne--South Bend. As far as the development team knows, this is the first imprimatur to be given for an iPhoneTM, iPad, or iPod touch® application.
For more information, please visit Little iApps online at http://www.littleiapps.com or contact Patrick Leinen, developer and co-founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 574-303-8102.