The Hallow app team and the Archdiocese of Detroit have partnered to help inspire the faithful with real testimonies and guided prayer.
The #1 Catholic app, Sanctify, has partnered with the Archdiocese of Detroit to launch a new campaign in support of National Eucharistic Renewal. Called I AM THE, the effort aims to inspire people to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Launched June 14, just days before the start of the three-year National Basic Eucharistic Revival, I AM HERE offers valuable resources for prayer and reflection. These include a website launched for the campaign, as well as True Presence meditations, found on the Hallow app. Additionally, parishes are encouraged to partner with I AM HERE to share their own stories and promote Eucharistic adoration.
On the website, I AM HERE publishes testimonies of those who have had transformative encounters with Christ in the Eucharist. Presented in the form of photographic reports, these real stories of profound experiences before the Blessed Sacrament are told in the first person. I AM HERE invites followers to submit their own stories and experiences, which could very well be selected as their weekly feature.
In a press release, Edmundo Reyes, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Detroit, commented:
“We are thrilled to share with everyone these beautiful photographic reports and powerful testimonies of people who have encountered Christ in the Eucharist, and we look forward to hearing more from people across the country.”
In partnership with Hallow, I AM HERE presents six audio meditations written and read by Julianne Stanz. A nationally acclaimed writer and speaker, Stanz serves as director of discipleship and parish life for the Diocese of Green Bay and consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelism. She is also a member of the leadership team of the National Eucharistic Revival.
These meditations are designed to facilitate prayer and Eucharistic adoration. Hallow supports worshipers with texts for prayers and guidance through the practice of Adoration. The meditations are free, and Hallow noted that they plan to expand their meditation catalog in the future..
Kevin Cotter, Head of Content at Hallow, explained in the press release:
“Our mission at Hallow is to help people pray, so it was a natural partnership for us to provide these wonderful meditations to help people pray before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Our first six meditations take the listener on a journey of encounter with Christ in the Eucharist, each centered on a truth about the nature of God: I am with you; I am love; I am the way.”
In addition to their online and mobile resources, I AM HERE partners with local parishes across the United States. Partner parishes receive banners and postcards that can be used to help promote participation in Eucharistic Adoration. I AM HERE organizers will work closely with parish communities to find inspiring stories from the faithful to feature on the website.
Aleteia spoke with a representative from I AM HERE, who noted that Catholic communities are still feeling the impact of the global pandemic, recent social unrest, geopolitical crises and increased polarization on the national stage. Speaking about the importance of Eucharistic renewal in the United States, the spokesperson said:
“According to revival organizers, more than 30% of Catholics have not returned to Mass regularly after the pandemic, and recent data suggests that the majority of Catholics who go to Mass do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Our answer to these and all difficulties is to turn to the only one who can bring true healing: Jesus Christ. We turn to Christ in the Eucharist because it is the source and summit of our faith – the greatest gift that can heal, convert, form and unify us.
Click here to learn more about the I AM HERE campaign.