Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis (Undergraduate)

Department or Program

Department of Computer Science

First Advisor

Xing-Dong Yang

Second Advisor

Sean Smith


Recent years have seen the rise of a Catholic presence on the Internet and on social media in particular. At the same time, there has been a movement among young Catholics to rediscover and revitalize the traditions of the Church. Novenas, an ancient form of spirituality involving praying for nine consecutive days for some special purpose, are one such tradition. NovenaNetwork, which debuted in the App Store on May 23, 2017 and acquired over 50 users in three countries within its first six days, is an iOS social media application for praying novenas with others. While multiple apps and websites already exist for praying novenas, NovenaNetwork is the first social media network on any platform for doing so, making it unique in this space. I will begin by presenting the functionality of NovenaNetwork in depth and examining how the app differs from its competitors. Next, I will outline the design and implementation of the app. Finally, I will offer an evaluation of the app and unveil features I intend to implement in subsequent releases of NovenaNetwork.


Originally posted in the Dartmouth College Computer Science Technical Report Series, number TR2017-833.