Parishioner Purchases Catholic Video Game for Every Child in Religious Education Program


A parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Grandville, Mich. found a creative way to support his parish’s religious education program by donating enough licenses of the new Catholic video game, Wanderlight™: A Pilgrim’s Adventure, for each child in the program to explore their faith in a fun, safe, digital realm. Jim Thrall, a long-time parishioner at St. Pius X church generously donated the one-year licenses to all 176 children in his parish’s religious education program.

When asked why, Mr. Thrall said, “My grandkids played a demo of the game and loved it. I checked out the game, and I saw that it was really affordable for parishes and schools. And I know with COVID-19 that parishes are struggling to provide meaningful catechesis, so I reached out to our Director of Religious Education to see if I could help by providing the game for the kids. I’m glad to be able to help!”

Mr. Thrall has deep roots in faith and education. As a retired superintendent of schools and adjunct professor, Thrall recognized an immersive, faith-filled educational opportunity when he encountered Wanderlight. As a father and grandfather with five children and eight grandchildren, Mr. Thrall is always looking for new ways to incorporate his faith into his family life.

Jim Thrall’s grandson
Jim Thrall’s grandson plays the at-home version of Wanderlight.

Mr. Thrall worked with the Director of Religious Education at St. Pius X Parish, Glenda Trytko, and Loyola Press Educational Consultants Laura Remack and Maureen Burriesci to make his donation a reality for the children of St. Pius X. “He was a man on a mission, or shall I say a Pioneer of Wanderlight, who was determined to do something special for the little pilgrims in Religious Education in his parish,” Burriesci said. “He was committed to making sure his donation to his parish would directly benefit the children of St Pius X with free access to play the innovative new video game!” 

Meanwhile, St. Pius X Catholic Parish was excited to have the opportunity for their Religious Education students to use Wanderlight the new Catholic Video Game released by Loyola Press this past summer. The Director of Religious Education, Glenda Trytko, is looking forward to hearing about all of their Pilgrim adventures as the students journey through the game and practice their faith along the way. 

Do you know a parish elder who might want to help your parish program or Catholic school to offer rich, meaningful catechesis in a fun way? Your Loyola Press Educational Consultant is ready to work with you and any potential donors to help you implement this exciting, faith-filled Catholic video game!

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