Its not really expensive if you look closer.
- Bishop Barron’s new digital platform is $19.99 per person per month.
- Ascension Press’ online studies are available for a fee per series/per user. So for example: to watch their new “Belonging” each user pays $15.95
FORMED is only $9.99 per user per month OR $1750 for an unlimited number of users who live inside the parish boundaries and/or are registered at the parish and/or attend the parish school. So the value of FORMED is actually amazing.
FORMED also has currently 142 eBooks (not including the audio books) and they never remove books as they add new ones. If you assume that each ebook could be purchased on Amazon for $10 per copy, that’s $1420 worth of eBooks times the number of parishioners who download & read them!
And they are always creating new stuff.
As FYI - their newest production (which isn’t on formed yet) is called “Ode to Saint Cecilia” which stars Hayley Atwell as St. Cecilia (she stared as “Agent Peggy Carter” in the Marvel’s Captain America movies and the Ant-Man movie, plus the Agent Carter TV series on ABC). He’s a video clip, including an interview with her: https://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/radio-theatre/cecilia?src=promoUnit
Again, for only the cost of 15 user the entire parish (meaning, every register Catholic attending mass, every child attending the parish school, and every single person - Catholic and non-Catholic alike - living in the parish boundaries) may used the parish subscription for FORMED. I’ve even heard of parishes that do a door to door campaign to give people (Catholics and non) a post card inviting them to use FORMED!
When used and promoted correctly, FORMED is actually a steal.