Today, Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app, announced that it will be providing free Hallow Plus subscriptions for new accounts created by health- and social-care workers in the world to help support them during this extremely turbulent and stressful time of global pandemic.
“This is a stressful time; one of heavy anxiety for many of us, especially those risking their own health and the health of their families to serve & heal us. It is not a peaceful world today, but we are lucky. Our peace does not come from this world. Our peace is different. ‘My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’ (John 14:27). We here at Hallow are working hard to do everything we can to help folks find peace & hope in God during this time,” said Alex Jones, co-founder and CEO of Hallow. “We want those on the front lines of this crisis to know how grateful we are for their work, that we’re behind them 100%, and that we’re praying for them with everything we have.”
Starting today, through at least the end of May, any newly subscribing health- or social-care professional in the world (not available to current paid subscribers) can get a free Hallow Plus subscription by verifying their position at https://hallow.com/healthcare-idme/ (or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if they are in a non-standard position). All subscribers will receive a year of free access to over 500 contemplative sessions focused on finding peace by building a deeper relationship with God. This health crisis is not just a US challenge and as a consequence Hallow will continue to work to find partner charities, health systems, and providers across the world to support their employees and volunteers.
“Across the country, schools are closing, businesses are going through layoffs as they are forced to shutter their operations for an unknown period of time, and many religious celebrations are being suspended. Those in the healthcare field however, are being asked to work double and triple shifts in facilities that are increasing at or above capacity,” said Alessandro DiSanto, co-founder and Head of Growth at Hallow.
Erich Kerekes, Hallow co-founder & CTO adds, “We want to do whatever we can to make sure that everyone focusing on supporting the health of others has support in maintaining their own mental and spiritual health.”
As 48% of respondents in a recent Reuters poll described this COVID-19 pandemic as an “imminent threat”, healthcare workers are facing even higher levels of stress from having to cope with the potential risk of exposing themselves and their families to the virus they are treating. In it’s recently published list of recommendations on how to deal with the Coronavirus crisis, the Center for Disease Control has recommended meditation as a key element of supporting physical health.
In addition to its effort to help health- and social-care workers, Hallow has also launched new in-app content, including a meditation on the prayer for Spiritual Communion for those separated from physical mass, as well as a 15+ session Stuck at Home “praylist” featuring meditations on the power of prayer and finding peace in trusting God.
Hallow is a faith-based mediation app that helps its users deepen their relationship with God through audio-guided contemplative prayer sessions. Launched in December of 2018, the app has already been used to pray over 1 million times in over 50 countries. It is currently the #1 Catholic app in the US App Store and has an average 4.9 / 5.0 star rating. Hallow is being used by Catholic schools, parishes, employers, families, priests, and Bishops across the world. For more information please visit us at https://hallow.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You can download the app directly here.
May peace be with you