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Jesuit Gives his Picks for Best Catholic iPhone Apps

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Jesuit Father Jack McLain, an Oregon Province Jesuit who is currently rector of St. Ignatius College in Australia, recently offered up his picks for the best Catholic iPhone apps.

Fr. McLain wrote that during a recent discussion with a fellow Jesuit about the “inherent goodness or badness of smart phones,” he asserted that there were plenty of Catholic-centric uses for such devices.

“In the great Jesuit fashion, my confrere asked me to prove it. So I began combing through Apple’s App Store in order to find the best Catholic apps I could,” he wrote.

His list focuses on apps that are applicable to the non-tech person who’s looking to use their device to add to their faith life.

Some of the apps he recommends include: Divine Office (which brings up the readings for the day and audio files of the prayers); iCatholicRadio and Radio Vaticana (which stream audio from Catholic radio stations); and 3-Three Minute Retreat (which has a quick reflection for each day from Loyola Press).

McLain’s full list and reviews of his picks are at America magazine.

Jesuit Father is a Purple Hearted Priest

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From being bombed in Afghanistan to helping launch Nintendo’s Game Boy, Jesuit Father Jack McLain now finds himself where he wants to be, at St. Ignatius College in Australia.

The U.S.-born priest is the college’s new rector, having once been an Army chaplain, which included stints in Afghanistan, Kosovo and West Africa.

In Afghanistan, his army vehicle was bombed, which has left Fr. McLain, 46, with almost no hearing in his left ear and permanent ringing in both.

He was awarded a Purple Heart, a military award for those wounded or killed while serving in the armed forces.

Three years ago, Fr. McLain came to Australia and worked as a teacher and chaplain at St. Aloysius College in Sydney.

“If you want to change the world, you influence young people … you provide the blueprint, they’re the actual builders,” he said.

You can read more about Fr. McLain’s experiences, including a stint with Nintendo, here.