NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Franciscan Friars of the United States are excited to announce the release of the first-of-its kind app for smart phones that creates a unique communal space for prayer by using the most modern technology for communication.

“The FRIAR app allows people to post their prayers, as well as, join in the prayers of others and have friars across the country and others pray for them. The app also allows you to have a candle lit for your prayer, or someone else’s prayer, in an actual Franciscan church,” said Friar Tom Washburn, OFM, Executive Secretary of the US Franciscans. “For over 800 years, Franciscan friars have been praying for the intentions of those who ask. This app allows us to do that using today’s technology.”

Users can add their own prayer request, or review prayers made by others. If someone sees a prayer request they find moving, they can join in that prayer and even to pay a small fee to have a real candle lit in a Franciscan church for that intention.

The new app is available in both the Apple App Store for iPhone and the Google Play Store for Android smart phones, and can be found by searching for “friars” or using a QR code (found on There is no cost to install the app or to submit or join in prayer requests. There is a small fee to cover the cost of lighting an actual candle.

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Executive Secretary at English-speaking Conference
Friar Tom Washburn, OFM, is the executive secretary of the English-speaking Conference of the Franciscan Order.He is also a regular blogger at
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