The Confessions Mobile App project began in 2013 to meet the core curriculum requirement for all of Villanova University’s thousands of first-year students. This core requirement (course), entitled the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program (ACSP), ia offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The mobile app development was a joint effort of ACSP, the Augustinian Institute and the Computer Science Department in conjunction with Villanova University Technology.
The purpose of the Augustine's Confessions Mobile App is to serve as an annotated interactive sourcebook based on Maria Boulding’s landmark translation of the thirteen chapters (called books) of St Augustine's Confessions.
The app provides audio voiceover for the text, a timeline of St. Augustine's life in the context of the Roman Empire, an annotated map of his travels, and art and photos related to Augustine and his life. The app will allow students and those interested in Augustinian teachings to conceptualize the readings based upon different learning styles. The text also includes specially written critical academic commentaries in the form of annotations.
For further details about obtaining and uploading this App, go to the following page on the Villanova University website:
Fr Alan Fitzgerald (pictured at left) is one of the scholarly Augustinian friars at Villanova University well versed on the topic of the life and thought of St Augustine of Hippo. He recommends the Confessions Mobile App. For details about Fr Fitzgerald’s previous editing of the 880-page Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, go to:
This indispensable, one-volume reference work provides the first English-language encyclopaedic treatment of the life, thought, and influence of Augustine of Hippo (354-430), one of the greatest figures in the history of the Christian church.
This encyclopaedia is often available second-hand at very reasonable prices on Amazon.com and similar bookselling websites.