In an effort to grow its media offering and increase participation in faith-based activities on campus, the University of Notre Dame Office of Campus Ministry near South Bend, Ind., has launched a new smartphone application, Notre Dame Daily Faith, for use on Apple and Android mobile devices. Developed by Little i Apps LLC, the app offers a faith-based calendar of events at the university and access to prayers, saints of the day and daily gospel reflections.
Users who download the app can search for events by topic or organization and set up reminders to attend through a notification on their mobile device. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, parents and visitors are invited to search the calendar for events relating to prayer, lectures and discussions, fellowship groups, service, retreats, and sacred music at Notre Dame.
In addition to campus ministry, other university departments represented in the app include the Congregation of Holy Cross, the Center for Social Concerns, the Center for Ethics & Culture, the Institute for Church Life, the Department of Theology, the Alliance for Catholic Education, Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
"Notre Dame Daily Faith is the first app of its kind at Notre Dame," says Campus Ministry Director Rev. Jim King, C.S.C. "Instead of searching various websites for dates and times of upcoming events, students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and visitors are now able to easily search our calendar for faith-based events."
"Over the past year, Campus Ministry has made several updates that we hope will make us more effective in communicating with our students," King says. "We have a new website, a weekly enewsletter, and now, an app too. With these tools, we are creating new opportunities for students to connect with us and continue their prayer lives on campus."
Notre Dame Daily Faith is available for free via the iTunes App Store and Google Play.