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Vocations app to encourage priesthood

A new Vocations app by the Church in Ireland is hoped to be helpful to users who want to reflect on whether the clerical life is for them, said an AFP report on Google News.

  • Ireland
  • October 18, 2011
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The Church in Ireland has launched a new app for young men who are thinking of joining the priesthood, designed to help users reflect on whether the clerical life is for them, said an AFP report on Google News.

The free "Vocations" app includes the ability for users to rate themselves about how much they think about others, and has questions about celibacy and relationships.

Launching the app, Bishop Donal McKeown admitted some people may regard it as a "churchy gimmick that will try to give the impression of modernity to something that is passe".

"I know that, for very many young people in modern Ireland, the word 'vocation' is not a meaningful term and they have little idea what clergy do, other than for an hour or two on Sundays," he said.

"But the social media is where young people are."

The new app offers not just questions about vocational potential, but also information about life as a priest and contact details for dioceses.

The app was designed by Father Paddy Rushe, who has been national coordinator for diocesan vocations, and developed by Dublin's Magic Time Apps.


Irish Church launches app for would-be priests (Google News/AFP)


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