The platform will be available on numerous video play apps including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire, XBOX, and more — and will feature offline playback, a new design and better performance
DENVER — The Augustine Institute launched a new version of the revolutionary video platform ‘FORMED’ this week, which includes a new design, more features, offline playback, better performance, availability on numerous video play apps and more.
FORMED, which originally launched in September of 2015, was created through a partnership of the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media. Today it has grown in popularity among Catholics, parishes and Catholic families, with a reach of 50 dioceses, 75 content partners, 5,000 parishes and 1 million subscribers from around the world. The platform features original series, including Reborn (baptism) and Lectio (Eucharist), children’s programming like Brother Francis, and feature films and documentaries, including St. Rita, Mother Teresa, City of Saints, and Finding Fatima. Additionally, FORMED includes the largest library of downloadable Catholic books, audiobooks, audio dramas and more.
“Catholics are hungry for good, trustworthy resources for both formation and family entertainment,” said President of the Augustine Institute, Dr. Tim Gray. “FORMED has become the largest Catholic collaboration among apostolates, parishes, dioceses and schools in the world, striving to meet this very need. What’s more, in its three years, it has enkindled a fire in many hearts to greater love of God! Psalm 39:3 speaks of the heart burning with fire in meditation, and our hope is that these exciting enhancements will invite even more souls to experience that fire of love!”
“At this time in our world and in our Church, we need to equip, educate and engage Catholics more than ever. And, we need to build collaborations in order to unify and renew the Church. We know that digital media and platforms like this are the way forward, and our growth to date highlights this,” said Matt Meeks, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at the Augustine Institute and Director of FORMED (the product). “We’re so excited to offer FORMED as a resource for Catholics of all ages and particularly for families. We look forward to launching even more content in the months and years to come via FORMED and we have so much more to come for the Augustine Institute in the near future.”
“It has been an honor to partner with the Augustine Institute from the beginning on this, first of its kind, platform for the Church; and we are excited to collaborate again to launch this new, updated version,” said Fr. Joseph Fessio, Founder of Ignatius Press. “The faithful need to know their faith in order to live it. This platform has been a powerful resource in helping everyday Catholics and everyday families learn about their faith, the Saints, the Sacraments and so much more — and we look forward to a future where parishes and families are revitalized through access to formative, truthful and beautiful content. We consider it a blessing to partner on the development of this platform and to offer the wealth of Ignatius Press’ video and book content to nearly 1 million FORMED users.”
For more information on FORMED and/or to sign up for a free trial of the platform, please visit: https://FORMED.org. And to schedule an interview with Dr. Tim Gray or Fr. Joseph Fessio, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.
About the Augustine Institute
The Augustine Institute is a Denver-based graduate school and content production company that aims to serve the Church through academic, theological, cultural and parish based programs across media types. Arming graduates with advanced degrees in theology and leadership and supporting over 1 million Catholics and 8,000 parishes nationally through its products and programs, the Augustine Institute is the leading apostolate implementing St. John Paul IIs call for the New Evangelization.
Founded as a partnership between the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and Lighthouse Catholic Media, FORMED is the leading Catholic media platform reaching over one million Catholics and five thousand parishes with content from 75 Catholic content providers, making it the largest collaboration of Catholic apostolates, parishes, diocese and organizations worldwide. FORMED provides its users around the globe with world class programs, bible studies, films, documentaries, e-books, radio theater and audio talks on nearly all connected devices including i0S, Android, ROKU, TVOS, XBOX, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Tizen.