Dublin, Ireland, (EWTN News):
A new iPhone and iPad app for the upcoming International
Eucharistic Congress 2012 means that pilgrims in Dublin will
have the latest news and information during the devotional
“IEC2012” has a comprehensive guide for pilgrims, a daily agenda
of congress events at the Royal Dublin Society building, news
and multimedia feeds, and a pastoral resources section, congress
designer Br. Luuk Dominiek Jansen, O.P. said the app is designed
to be “very flexible.”
“The information regarding the congress changes all the time.
New information becomes available and updates to the program are
made,” he said May 2.
“Therefore, we needed an app that would automatically update
itself when new or changed information becomes available in the
lead up to the Congress.”
The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will
take place in Dublin June 10-17. Up to 20,000 pilgrims are
expected to attend, including 12,000 international pilgrims from
provides a map and GPS locations for each scheduled event on the
congress program, making it easy for pilgrims to find their
destinations and learn how to get there.
The app’s pilgrim guide has information about
venues, booking, ticket collection, host churches, and optional
Pilgrims can use the app’s “My Planner” section to create a
personal schedule based around the workshops, talks, exhibitions
and arena events they want to attend.
The news and multimedia section provides YouTube
videos, Flickr photos, press releases and video feeds ahead of
and during the congress.
The pastoral resources section of the app
includes the congress prayer, the congress hymn “Though We Are
Many,” and prayers and reflections about the Eucharist.
Information is stored on the mobile device so
that it can be used without a data network or wifi.
The app is available on Apple’s iTunes store
under the search phrase “IEC2012.”
Br. Luuk, the app’s designer, is a
Netherlands-born Catholic convert from an agnostic background.
He has also designed a phone app for the Dominican order called
solemn vows in the Dominican order in September 2011 and is
finishing his studies in hopes of being ordained a priest.
During the congress, he will address a workshop
about his conversion and his life as a religious friar.
The congress’ theme is “The Eucharist: Communion
with Christ and with One Another.” It will have 18 keynote
speakers from around the world. More than 80,000 people are
expected to attend the final Mass at Croke Park Stadium on June