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A text message could help answer your prayers

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 01:42

Jan. 14 - Tradition meets technology as the largest group of Franciscan Friars in the U.S. respond to prayer requests sent via text messages. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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The largest group of Franciscan friars in the United States is offering what they call, "faith at your fingertips." Recognizing the role of text messaging in the digital age, the Friars of Holy Name Province created a prayer texting initiative, so intentions can be offered easily. And New York-based executive director Father David Convertino said the concept is not just for Catholics. (SOUNDBITE) Father David Convertino, saying (English): "So anybody can text us and we would be more than willing to pray with them and for them. It kind of opens up a whole thing. One of the things about the friars is we've always been popularizers. We've always been kind of with the people, as we say, and kind of walk among everyone. So I think this is just another way of reaching out to people." Text the word 'prayer' to 306-44. A welcome message from the friars appears, along with a box to type in your request. The intentions are delivered to a website and are prayed for by the friars twice a day and at Mass. Brother Paul Lostritto says he has been touched by many of the requests. (SOUNDBITE) Brother Paul Lostritto, saying (English) : "Things really to pray for for children, pray for people that have terminal illness or cancer. One of the ones that really struck me and caught my eye was elderly people who pray that they could have more contact with their children." The free service has been active for just over a week, with a thousand text messages coming in per day from people in the U.S. and parts of Canada.

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A text message could help answer your prayers

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 01:42