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Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, holds up his iPod Touch, which shows the launch image for the new Divine Mercy app.

Hey, What's Divine Mercy Doing on That Thing?

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Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, who has, as of today, taken over as director of the Association of Marian Helpers, succeeding Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, has big news to share.

Thanks to his efforts, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception have created a Divine Mercy "app," or application. In case you don't know the technological lingo, an "app" is a software program that can easily be downloaded to an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android.

If you love the message of Divine Mercy, you're just one free download away from having a whole world of Divine Mercy information and resources at your fingertips. In the following interview, Fr. Michael tells how the app was created and why it's a groundbreaking initiative for the spread of Divine Mercy.

Father Michael, less than a year ago you had never even heard the word "app," so how did you become the creator of such an amazing app about Divine Mercy?

It's simple. I had a lot of great help. First, there's Nick Daverin from our New Media Department, who had never made an app before. I asked him for help, and he quickly taught himself the programming language for the iPhone. Then, he worked long hours, patiently put up with my constant suggestions and changes of mind, and did an incredible job making the idea a reality. Also, Terry Peloquin, from the same department, found or created stunning images for the app, which were always better than my original plans. Finally, a generous benefactor named Jeff provided all the funds needed to make the app. He had only one condition: that the Marians make the app available to people for free. It's because of Jeff's generosity and zeal for Divine Mercy that what could have been quite an expensive app — by App Store standards — is now completely free.

The timing of the new app is perfect. It was only two months ago that the Holy Father spoke of the Church's need to find creative ways to communicate the Gospel and evangelize in the "digital age."

Maybe this is Divine Providence at work. Or maybe the Marians are just totally on the ball. Either way, that's pretty cool. And can you imagine the disciples in Jesus' time having iPhones or iPads at their disposal to spread the Gospel? They sure would have saved a lot of wear and tear on their sandals. The truth is, while there are many aspects of the digital age that can be harmful and that can jeopardize our pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness, the digital age is here, and we can't deny it. We have an obligation to "contribute to maturation in humanity," as the Holy Father says. Certainly, people use the Internet for impure purposes or as a distraction or a means of escape. That puts the burden on believers to double our efforts to reach them, to communicate and form a dialogue with them, and to inspire them with the greatest message the world has ever known. That's what Christ calls upon us to do.

You mention the disciples, but can you imagine how happy St. Faustina must be. She must be in heaven smiling upon this new Divine Mercy app?

I was thinking about that throughout this project. Saint Faustina received Christ's message of Divine Mercy and was told by Him to spread it throughout the world. Following her death in 1938, my Congregation, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, became official promoters of the message, and it's amazing to think of the tools now at our disposal that help us fulfill this mission. In the early 1940s we began our Divine Mercy apostolate by printing prayercards, pamphlets, books, and magazines. First we used a makeshift mimeograph machine and printed literature from our basement here on Eden Hill, in Stockbridge. But we've moved with the times. We bought increasingly bigger and more sophisticated printing presses as technology changed and have printed literally millions of pieces of literature. Six years ago, we launched, which has become daily reading for thousands of people around the world. And now this app. This is incredibly exciting for us all. I know St. Faustina has no need for an iPhone, but I sort of wish I could personally show her our Divine Mercy app.

Father Michael, you made sure everyone in our office saw the Divine Mercy app as soon as it came out. I seem to remember you running and jumping around the halls with glee. And, yes, the app really is amazing. So, why don't you tell our readers about it.

Yes, Felix, as you well know, I'm pretty excited about this project. I haven't seen any other Catholic app like it, and it's got everything Divine Mercy. Really. For those who don't know much about the message of Divine Mercy, they can easily learn the whole story. For those who are already "experts," they will have an opportunity to go even deeper. And for those who are simply looking to meditate on passages from the Diary of St. Faustina, pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, or make the Stations of the Cross, they'll find great graphics and aids to prayer.

OK, Fr. Michael. So, the App has something for everyone: the uninitiated, the experts, and the "saints." Now tell us how the app is organized and its specific features.

There are three main "chapters" to the app: The Message, The Devotion, and Mercy Plus.

"The Message" has the following features:

• An introduction to the message of Divine Mercy
• two biographies of St. Faustina (a long one and a short one)
• A ton of passages from the Diary of Faustina conveniently organized according to themes
• A timeline that describes the main events of the Divine Mercy story
• A collection of the most significant "Divine Mercy quotes" from Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI
• A list of the main Divine Mercy resources that can be purchased right through the app.

"The Devotion" includes these features:

• An interactive chaplet that you can actually pray without the aid of Rosary beads and an audio option to listen to the chaplet (my favorite feature — the one I was jumping around the halls about)
• An interactive Stations of the Cross that uses the words from St. Faustina's Way of the Cross
• A selection of images of Divine Mercy that turn the iPhone into a vivid prayer card
• Information on the "three ways" to observe the Hour of Great Mercy
• An explanation of Divine Mercy Sunday that also answers the main questions people often ask about the day
• The Divine Mercy Novena and a treasure trove of other prayers.

"Divine Mercy Plus" has the following features:

• An introduction to my community, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have been the main promoters of the message of Divine Mercy in the English speaking world (this section includes a "meet our seminarians" section complete with photos)
• Information about the Association of Marian Helpers and pdf documents of the most recent and archived Marian Helper Magazine
• Information on and photos of our Apostolates: the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy, Mother of Mercy Messengers, the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, and Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy
• Information about the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, which includes photos, a calendar of events, spiritual renewal opportunities, and more
• Recent articles from our website, a collection of "Divine Mercy 101" articles, and articles that cover frequently asked questions
• The Marian's full online religious catalog.

OK, OK. Stop. Really. Cut to the chase: How do people get your free app? And will it be available for Droid and other Smartphones?

For now, to enjoy the Divine Mercy app, you need to have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. [EDITOR'S NOTE: As of April 18, the app is available for Android.] If you've got one of these mobile devices, then you simply go to the App Store, type in "Divine Mercy," and download the app. My friend Jeff, who paid for the development of the Divine Mercy app for iPhone, is also footing the bill to make it available for the Droid phone. And speaking of Jeff, please say a prayer him. He deserves it. Without him, I don't think the Marians would have been able to make the Divine Mercy app available for free. His generosity is helping us to spread the message of Divine Mercy to many more people. Thanks, Jeff. And thank you to all the other Marian Helpers who have supported the Marians over the years. May God bless you 100-fold for your goodness to us.

Finally, Fr. Michael, you mentioned that your father bought you your iPod Touch. As you know, I don't have an iPod Touch. Would you do me the favor of asking your father to buy me one, too?

No. But it was nice of you to ask ...

And Felix, since you're so good at asking, please do Divine Mercy the favor of asking your friends and family who have Apple mobile devices to check out the Marians' new, FREE Divine Mercy app.

Fine. I'll do it for Divine Mercy.

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Again, to enjoy the Divine Mercy app, you need to have an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android. If you've got one of the Apple mobile devices, then you simply go to the App Store, type in "Divine Mercy," and download the app. Android users can download the app here.

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Marie - Jan 1, 2011

Thanks for the great info. Will it be available to Blackberrys?

Judy - Jan 1, 2011

I'm so excited about this project. Thank you all, and I'll be sure to include you and Jeff in my daily prayers. I'm so confident that Our Lord is working through you all, and as we download this app and share the message with our friends and loved ones, then through us as well. What a wonderful way to spread the message of Divine Mercy throughout the world. I've got the HTC EVO, and hope to be able to download it to my droid very soon. May God shower His blessings and grace on you all and may your efforts produce much fruit!!! Your sister in Christ, Judy

Michele - Jan 1, 2011

Please, so please make the app available for Droid users!!!! I love the way it looks and so want to use it on my Droid. Pretty please?

M. - Jan 1, 2011

The image depicted at app.seems like the real original Vilnius image , with that compassionate, Fatherly gaze from the eyes that are open and readily visible !

St.Faustina's Congregation of sisters of Merciful Jesus ( ) also has more info on same - the image can be downloaded from their site too .

Hoping that this would be the image that would be propagated more now , esp. in churches !

Br. Angelo Casimiro, MIC - Jan 1, 2011

Divine Mercy has finally entered the 21st century! Too bad I don't have one of those "i" things. Ha! Great job to all those who put the app together and congrats, Fr. Mike, on taking over as Fr. Joseph today.

debbie - Jan 2, 2011

I just downloaded it yesterday, and it is great! Divine Mercy message at your fingertips.
Thank you Fr. Michael, especially, it have with you, the Stations of the Cross, to remember and Console Our Lord, in the hour of Great Mercy, you have done a great service to all who long to carry the message with them, whereever they are.
God Bless you.

Steve - Jan 3, 2011

Fr Michael et al, this is great news and a fantastic way to start the new year. I have been praying there would be a Divine Mercy app for over a year. I set my iPhone to ring at 3PM everyday (to the sound of Church bells) to remind me to pause and at least say the words, Jesus, I trust in you. Congratulations and God bless you and all who were involved in this project, especially Jeff for sharing his gifts. Rosary next? Sorry, just had to ask. Merry Christmas!

RM - Jan 3, 2011

Exquisite! The great I AM truly is everywhere (iPads, iPhones, iPods)!
Thanks & God bless your new year!

Kathy - Jan 4, 2011

Thanks Jeff, Nick, Terry and Fr. Mike. Next app: Mary!

Angie - Jan 5, 2011

Just tried to find this download and only came up with Iphone and Ipod...none for my Ipad :( Did pass it on. Will keep checking App Store

jorge - Jan 5, 2011

All Glory and Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for this app, I have already used it to train our retreat team and it was a hit! May God continue to Bless this work of yours.


What an exciting 21st century spiritual development. In behalf of our family and also our Divine Mercy Apostles of Brantford, we would like to make a donation to speed up the release of the Divine Mercy app to Droid and other smartphones. Let us know how to direct the funds to you. THANKS AND MAY THE GOOD LORD AND OUR BVM BLESSED YOU MORE WITH IDEAS TO PROPAGATE THE MESSAGE OF MERCY TO ALL........PEACE, LOVE & JOY.

Virginia - Jan 8, 2011

Congratulations, Father Michael and the Marians!
I hope e-books will be next.

Scott - Jan 8, 2011

I'd like to strongly second Michele's request to see this app for Droid phones. Unlike the iPhone system, used only by Apple iPhones, there are a number of phone manufacturers that use the Droid system, so there are ALOT of us out there! Thanks for all you do in your Divine Mercy apostolate.

Sara - Jan 8, 2011

Great App!! How can I spread the word about this app to my friends on Facebook?

Bret - Jan 8, 2011

Wonderful idea! Please provide the app for the android world. I look forward to having this on my Droid.
God Bless

ColmCille - Jan 8, 2011

Great... for iPhone, iPod and iPad users. Not so great for the other 90% plus of us who don't have iWhatevers.

Still, this is a good thing. It just could be so much better by making it available for other smart phones AND as a java app, since most mobile users still use java based phones.

May God bless--and expand--your endeavor.

Susan - Jan 8, 2011

Great application of new technology - I hope the next project will be to make an ebook of the Diary.......for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. : )

Mike - Jan 8, 2011

Excellent. Now your cooking. It's very important to have this app available. It makes it easier to get closer to God. Thank you for offering this most appropriate portion to the New Evangelization on i-equipment.

Charlene - Jan 8, 2011

Sure will look forward to the app being available for Droid users. Thank you

Taffy - Jan 8, 2011

I was all excited until I went to download it and realized it isn't available (yet!?!) for my windows phone. I'll have to be prayerfully patient.

Mary F. - Jan 8, 2011

YAY! Gonna forward it to my other friends on FB & email! Thank you & GOD BLESS YOU! Whoo-hoo! :-D

hokulea - Jan 8, 2011

how about Black Berry? I am new to all of this, and would love to have this app

Sharon - Jan 9, 2011

I don't have any i-stuff, but I'm on my computer almost every day. Can this content be downloaded to computers and accessed there? Or the audio portions somehow be transferred to my MP3 player?

Lisa - Jan 9, 2011

Add me to the chorus: BlackBerry app, please! Thank you!

Augustus C.J - Jan 9, 2011

fr Mike that's great. I lik it and i'm sure that many people will appreciate it. Pls Fr Mike is accessble around the globe or is't limited to the US only.

may - Jan 10, 2011

am going to download this now as i read this

Elizabeth - Jan 10, 2011

Yes me too!! I would love to be able to have it for my LG smartphone.

Rob M. - Jan 10, 2011

It's exciting that the Marians are leveraging technology for to communicate the message of Divine Mercy. However, I urge the developers to develop an Android app as well

Betty - Jan 10, 2011

I just got the app on my iPad, Thank you it's a wonderful app. Although it doesn't indicate with an * that it's compatible for your iPad, it is. My humble suggestion would be to contact Apple and have them correct it as it can confuse many that would like to get the app for the iPad. Thank you Fr.Michael, Jeff and all involved in this wonderful app. May God Bless You.

Linda C. - Jan 11, 2011

This is wonderful. Now my teens are just seconds away from these powerful prayer's and devotions. Thank you so much. God bless you for this wonderful way to get through to our young people.

Michelle B. - Jan 12, 2011

This project is wonderful! I personally do not have either device, but my niece who is third year of college will be getting an Iphone in February - I will make sure she downloads the app. I may even have to purchase an Iphone so I can have the message constantly at my fingertips.

God Bless.

4slynn - Jan 14, 2011

I went to the App Store loaded on my new Ipad and typed in "Divine Mercy" but the app did not come up. Am I doing something wrong?

MARIA - Jan 14, 2011


bryn - Jan 14, 2011

excellent...I'm downloading it to my ipad now.

Bridgit of Abita - Jan 15, 2011

Wonderful app. Awesome idea, cannot thank you enough.

Eva - Feb 25, 2011

I love this app. I pray it every day Will this app be available in Spanish?

Rita - Feb 28, 2011

Purchased my droid in Dec. Is the app available yet?

LM - Mar 12, 2011

Sounds wonderful and I'd love to get it - but I don't have any i... Please make the app available for Windows 7 phone, and maybe Kindle, too.

Ray - Apr 21, 2011

Will it work on the Blackberry Torch?

Thanks and God Bless

berniethomas - Apr 21, 2011

can you make it downloadable for blackberry or kindle?

John - Apr 22, 2011

Nice job on the app...really nice job!

Becky - May 1, 2011

I would love to download an app for BlackBerry (won't be switching to i-anything or android). Please let us know if this might be available in the future. Thank you for all your efforts-praise God!

Mary Lou - May 3, 2011

What a blessing! We Nook e-reader people need this too. We now can get apps. When will the Diary be available as an e-book? This app is such a great idea.

Antoinette - Jun 2, 2011

When are we going to start having the Divine Mercy on BLACKBERRY too? Not everybody can afford the smart phones on which it is currently available, unless Fr. Mihael wants to ask his father to get me one as well, thinking of all the promises made by Jesus Christ to everybody that spread devotion to His Mercy!!!

Judith - Jun 8, 2011

I wonder when will it be available for Blackberries?

Rocio Van - Jul 9, 2011

God Bless you! for a great job,Im so happy. I'm all ready send tha message,to my friends and family in fasebook.

Jerry Van S - Jul 14, 2011

I'm very happy, I have the DIVINE MERCY more close to me AMEN

Dulce - Oct 3, 2011

Another cry for BLACKBERRY!!!!

Katie H - Oct 11, 2011

I love this app! However, I wonder if in the future there will be any way to turn the vibration off when the chaplet is in "silent" mode? It's too loud to use when I'm laying my kids down to sleep or when others are in quiet prayer. (Using an iPhone.)

Lisabeth - Dec 8, 2011

Will the Divine Mercy prayers be sung like on ewtn...also what other prayers will be St.Joseph & perhaps novenas to the saints..I'm sure people would gladly pay for this I purchased the Divine Office of the Church ,would make a donation or pay for the would be worth it ...people hunger for something lacking in today's world ...materialism doesn't seem to make them happy..thank you & God Bless each of you!

Glenda - Dec 13, 2011

I love the app for the Divine Mercy and the Mary app. I have emailed several of my family members and friends to download both apps, however, I would also like to share with my spanish family members and friends.

Please create spanish versions of the apps....

Great job and thanks so much!

Can both apps be in spanish also?

Anthony - Jan 1, 2012

I just found out about the Divine Mercy App yesterday and I'm really excited about it. I downloaded it on my new Motorola Droid Razr and think it is a great way to spread the Divine Mercy devotion. I would like to know how to download a picture of the Divine Mercy Hyla, on my Droid to use as wallpaper. Also, I would like to know if you plan on make the "Divine Mercy in My Soul" book as a download, to read from an iphone and droid. (Like Amazon Kindle). Thanks, Anthony Your in my prayers.

Toni - Jan 14, 2012

I have been using this app for a year its a very important part of my day I have downloaded the mary app and cant wait to use it. I like that when on top of mt. camping with no internet connection I get the full app. I love that I can pray the chaplet with a fealing of being very connected to others. I use the divine office app and it uses a google earth and counts the number of people who are praying at the same time as you. Its a very impowering fealing to think your not alone in pray but you can turn off when you want. you might want to add that to the app Love it and use it Thankyou

Cori Love - Feb 3, 2012

Last night I attended a small group of people that are meeting to study and learn more about the Divine Mercy and was amazed to learn that there was an app available, which I was so excited to download this morning. THANK YOU! I will certainly spread the good message!

maggieG - Mar 2, 2012

Love my divine mercy app on iPhone and really would like to get a copy for my new Kindle Fire. Can you put the app (plus Mary App) on the Amazon app store please. Cant us aneroid market with Kindles :(

Therese A. - Apr 26, 2012

Pls add the Divine Mercy App for Windows phone. I changed from an Android to a Window im in despair

Derek - May 23, 2012

I am having a problem with the app. Unfortunately, when I select to view the Image of the DM, it brings it up, but I cannot get back to the main menu. I know that I can touch the image and a 'back' button appears in the upper left corner, but touching it does nothing. The little 'i' button in the lower right corner does bring up information on the image, as it should. Exiting the program and coming back to it returns me right back to the DM image, and I'm stuck on it. I can't get back to the menus. I have to completely delete the app and reinstall it. Please help!

Junos - May 24, 2012


I am very pleased to know that such an Android App is totally devoted for the Divine Mercy. However, it is to the very much of my regret that this app is not compatible with my android phone SAMSUNG GT-S5570.

I am begging the developers of this app to please make some adjustment and make it compatible for my device.

I will be very much indebted for a favorable response to this humble request.

Thank you.

Victor - Jul 25, 2012

Great App! Congratulations! Could you please locate/translate/spread it in italian language ? Thanks and God bless you.
Please sorry for my English.. :-)

Jose - Jul 30, 2012

Outstanding app for all catholics.
I have the app installed in my IPhone and iPad. However, I would like to know if this app will be translated to "Spanish" ?

Nancy - Sep 17, 2012

I downloaded app on iPad and cannot get audio even though it is on can you help

Dolores - Jun 6, 2013

I did not know how to download the Divine Mercy app, so my son did it for me. I am so happy to have this on my droid phone. Thank you for a wonderful tool to pray and learn more about the Divine Mercy.

Joan - May 31, 2014

I downloaded the Divine Mercy app from iTunes but it will not transfer to my iPad because it apparently is for iPhone only. It won't work on my iPad, and I feel extremely disappointed! Is there an iPad version coming soon?

Fr. Lucius CSSH - Jun 12, 2014

would be great to hat it in german language fou our sisters to pray ....

G - May 13, 2015

Can anyone tell me how to turn off the beeps as I proceed through the chaplet. I went into the apps settings and turned off "Audio Chaplet" but that silenced only the voice, not the beeps. I held my phones volume button down until it went to "mute" but still the app beeps very loudly. I cannot use the chaplet if it makes any sounds. Please help.

Julie Ann Montgomery - Jul 11, 2015

Thank you for the Divine Mercy app! My real problem is that I have an Android and can't download the Marion app with the rosary. Please advise. I am looking forward to hearing from you. again, Android app for the Marian Devotion.