NEW YORK (CNS) -- Often, prayer intentions are offered with hands folded, but a new service allows hands and fingers to move freely -- provided a cellphone is handy.
New York-based Holy Name Province of the Franciscans has started a
service it calls "Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar."
The service debuted in January with the new year.
how it works: Text the word "prayer" to 306-44 and hit "send." Senders
will then receive a welcome message inviting them to then send in their
prayer intentions. Senders will receive a text in reply stating that
their prayer has been received and will be prayed for.
The intentions are received on a website, and will be included collectively in the friars' prayers twice a day and at Mass.
technology changing the way we communicate, we needed to offer people
an updated way to ask for prayers for special intentions and needs
either for themselves or others," said a Jan. 8 statement by Franciscan
Fr. David Convertino, executive director of development for the
Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province.
"We have been working on
this for some time and it's a great way to bring in the New Year,"
Father Convertino added. "If the pope can tweet, friars can text!"
Pope Benedict XVI launched his very own Twitter account in mid-December.
Holy Name Province is the largest U.S. province of the worldwide Order
of Friars Minor, with 300 members serving throughout the East Coast in
college, parish, social service and urban ministry, with some on
overseas assignments as well.
However, with cellphone technology and access virtually universal, the province's range could be even larger.
is one more way of reaching people who ask us to pray for them," Fr.
Convertino said. "We hope it can reach people all around the globe."