Tuesday, April 16, 2013

7 Questions: Valent Richie

Valent Richie has designed a wide range of Catholic devotional apps which can be purchased on ITunes.   My wife and I often pray using his Scriptural Rosary app, which includes readings from the Knox Bible.  I am thankful that he was willing to take the time to answer the following "7 Questions."

1) What got you interested in producing Catholic apps?
I got interested in producing Catholic apps because I want to solve my own problems. For example, I want to pray the Scriptural Rosary using my iPod touch or iPhone, but accessing websites is not really user friendly. Hence, I develop my own app first and I become passionate in building the app. Thank God that I have the resources necessary to develop apps.

2) Could you talk a bit about the various apps you have developed?
I have developed Scriptural Rosary app, a rosary app with scripture verse in each beads of Hail Mary. For people that prefer a kind of shorter version of rosary, there is Little Crown app. There is also daily meditations for thirty days for various topics, such as Life of Mary, St. Joseph, and Purgatory. And also there is Short Prayers app that helps user to pray with the daily reminders feature (with location based reminder under testing at the moment). And there is few more apps available in the App Store, such as St. Philomena, St. Philip Neri, Advent, and Lent meditations by St. Thomas Aquinas.

3) What goes into the developing an app?  Are there licensing issues that you have to deal with?
I think the content is the most important stuff that goes into developing an app, because the content needs to be inline with what the Catholic Church teaches. So I usually use the contents that have Imprimatur or writing of the saints. I like to read, so I often discover new stuff from The Internet Archive that is in public domain and free to use. Because of this, so far I have not dealt with licensing issues.

The next one would be translating the content into various languages. This is quite challenging because I depend a lot on the users offering help to translate the content, such as into Spanish and French.

4) There are, of course, a number of Catholic apps available, what would you say makes your apps distinct from the others?
I would say what makes my apps distinct are the ease of use, simplicity, and reminders feature. I want each of my apps to solve a particular problem that helps users to strengthen their faith or pray more.

5) What kind of feedback have you received regarding your apps?
I have received many kinds of feedback, positive and negative. But thank God most of them are positive and encouraging me to continue to develop Catholic apps. For example, when Pope Francis was elected, the Scriptural Rosary app is not updated yet and it has prayer for the Pope that should be updated to mention Pope Francis name. Several people gave feedback and asked when the app would be updated, which was a great encouragement for me because it showed my app was used by people.

The App Store also has review feature where users can submit their reviews, and the reviews have been very encouraging for me. But yeah, sometimes I also feel a bit down whenever people post 1 star review because they are not happy for various reasons.

6) Are there any future Catholic apps that you are working on currently?  
There is one daily reflection app that is still pending approval from Apple. I also want to work on meditations on Catholic dogmas app and intercessory network app, where people can post and pray for prayer intentions, if God is willing. Please pray for me!

7) Do you have a favorite verse of Scripture?
There is a few, but one of them is Psalm 51:17, to remind myself to have a humble and contrite heart, because I often offend God with my sins and I need a humble and contrite heart to avoid the temptations around me. 


rolf said...

Well the Holy Spirit works in funny ways. I just bought an ipad mini yesterday and have been trying to figure out what apps to get for it. I was thinking of e-mailing you for some thoughts, then you posted this. The scriptural rosary is my favorite form of the rosary and this app looks very nice, so I purchased it. The art is beautiful, and I like that you can choose between three different English translations. Thanks for the post!

Biblical Catholic said...

A good app is 'New Missal'....which is....exactly what it says...the full text of the 2011 order of the Mass....plus the daily readings if you want them....

citizen DAK said...

I use & recommend these apps on my android, and they say they're also available on apples:

universalis (breviary + Mass readings), http://universalis.com/USA.Sunday/mass.htm

both EWTN's & Lighthouse Media's apps w/ "Truth & Life Dramatized Autio Bible" (incl. free Gospels!)

STUDY bibles & CCC from various publishers include OliveTree's BibleReader app, the Logos company's Bible app,
the ICSB can be read on Kindle (and others') apps, but I usually prefer the bible-study apps' two pane views (for translations, commentaries, cross-references)...

I've recently found the bible.com app and it does include some Catholic translations.

MY THANKS & BLESSINGS to everyone who publishes these Catholic resources!

Anonymous said...

As far as apps are concerned, I would highly recommend the iPieta app. In one fell swoop, you'll get a vast Catholic Library for $2.99. I love mine!!!

The app is divided into four sections: Bible, Calendar, Prayers, and Veritas.

In just the Veritas section alone you get:

Works of St. Augustine and St. John 
The complete Ante-Nicene and Nicene Fathers
Council documents from Nicea to Vatican II
The last 200 years of Papal Encyclicals, up to Caritas in Veritate
The Summa Theologica, Catena Aurea, and The Catechetical Instructions by St. Thomas Aquinas
Haydock’s Biblical Commentary
Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, and #3
Catechism of Christian Doctrine (Promulgated by Pope St. Pius X)
Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis De Sales
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis
True Devotion to Mary, Love of Eternal Wisdom, Friends of the Cross, and The Secret of Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
The Dialogue, by St. Catherine of Siena
The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, The Way of Perfection, and the Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Jesus
Treatise on Purgatory, by St. Catherine of Genoa
Instructions on the Catechism, Selected Explanations and Exhortations, Excerpts of Sermons, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
Ascent of Mount Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul, Spiritual Canticle, and Living Flame of Love, by St. John of the Cross
The Roman Catechism (also knows as The Catechism of The Council of Trent or The Catechism of Pope St. Pius V)
The Dolorous Passion, by Ven. Catherine Emmerich
Fathers of the Church (Eerdman’s version)
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Sinner’s Guide by Ven. Louis of Granada
The Rule of St. Benedict
Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
Confession of St. Patrick
Abandonment to Divine Providence
The Cloud of Unknowing


Anonymous said...

An addendum.

The first line of the Veritas contents, should have read;

Works of St. Augustine and St. John Crysostom


Anonymous said...

I know this is really to post but I would also like to mention the Laudate app, it is free! It contains the liturgy of the hours, Douy-rheims and NABRE, all the prayers you could ever need like the act of contrition, examination of conscience that is excellent because it has examples, daily readings, and more! My fellow congregants come with their phones in the afternoon for the liturgy of the hours, it's interesting to see.