My five favorite free Catholic apps.

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I lifted the lid off the top of the iPhone box the December day the FedEx guy delivered it.

THIS IS NUTS, I thought, that I, Arleen Spenceley, faithful flip-phone owner, master of fasting from modern technology, consistent resister of smartphones…

owns one.

I felt weird. Cautious, even. Caught between one conviction (that smartphones make us stupid) and another (that not owning one could compromise my career).

But I plugged it in. Slid to unlock.

And as fast as I opened the box, I forgot life before my phone.

It’s efficient, and magic, and there are all kinds of fabulous apps. In the months since I got the phone, I have browsed for good ones, and stumbled upon five free ones worth sharing with readers (especially if you’re Catholic!). They are these, in no particular order:


Laudate: BEST. APP. EVER (despite that I just said these are in no particular order). Daily readings (in print and via podcast), the rosary (including the beads), the entire Bible, the entire Catechism, every Catholic prayer you can think of, a bunch of Catholic prayers you haven’t heard of, and Vatican documents. #boom. 

Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa Pro: Because being able to say “bless me Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was January 26, 2013” is awesome, so is this app. Use it to track your last confession (and never forget how long it’s been), and to examine your conscious in depth, commandment by commandment, for venial and mortal sins.

the Steubenville App: This is like a Steubenville conference in your phone. Browse video, audio, and blogs; see a schedule of upcoming conferences (and watch vids of talks from old ones).

40 Day Spiritual Workout for Catholic Teens: I’m not a teen, but I’m surrounded by ’em six days a week. This app, written by professor, author, musician Bob Rice, is fuel for forty days. Each “workout” includes a short Scripture reading, a reflection, and a prayer. Set a reminder for the part of your day when you most could use a couple extra minutes of prayer.

The Pope App: This app’s close to due for an update (and my hunch is it’ll tell me first when we have a new pope). Watch the pope speak live, read his homilies, and watch live webcams of Saint Peter’s Square, Blessed Pope John Paul II’s tomb, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

 What are your favorite apps?

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  • I get asked that question so often I have typed list saved! And Mea Culpa Pro is on my list as well!

    •iPieta (2.99) – this was one of the first apps I put on my iPod. It has:
    The Douay-Rheims Bible in English and the Latin Vulgate
    TONS of writings of the Saints, for example Introduction to the Devout Life, the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, the Summa Theolgica, and more!
    The Church Calendar for the Ordinary and Extraordinary form
    Prayers – oh the prayers, well, hey, you’re in on-line, go to this link

    o iBreviary TS
    •Prayers (by I LOVE this one!
    •Kindle (free app, and SO many great Catholic books are free because they are in public domain)
    •Divine Mercy (from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception)
    •”The Way” (Traditional Way of the Cross with traditional imagery)
    •Prayers/Christian Prayers (there’s lots, you just have to sort through for the good ones)
    •John Paul II (there are a couple)
    •MeaCulpa Pro (a great examination of conscience app!!!)
    •Mass Times
    •Rosary – “Rosary Miracle Prayer by Pauline Books and Media” There are a lot of rosary apps. I have a handful, but I actually paid (.99) for this one and it is amazing. It’s an audio rosary, and easily my favorite audio rosary ever. The only bummer is they don’t pray the Fatima prayer after each decade, but the prayer they do pray is thought provoking
    •Holy Bible RSV-CE (6.99) This is WELL worth the $7. Not only is it the whole Bible, but you can do searches based on keyword, set bookmarks, and it has a “history” so you can see what you’ve recently read.
    •Catholic Compendium (also by
    •The Newman Guide (for Catholic Colleges that are truly Catholic)
    •“Mary” – Marians of the Immaculate conception
    •Psalter (Little Office of) Mary (I have “lite”)
    •Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality has a daily Ignatian reflection app
    •Fulton Sheen – the free app has some of his recordings, the full library is 8.99
    •Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible – Has “additional content” that links to Lighthouse Media recordings related to the Scripture you’re reading, some are free some show a cost

    • AWESOME. I am def installing some of these! Thanks for sharing!

  • good stuff, I’ll have to add the pope app…I’ve heard of Laudate, but never checked it out 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Good list

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    • Thanks for the tip! Installed it last night and love it already.