Fr. Patrick Peyton was perhaps one of the earliest examples of a Catholic influencer. Known to millions around the world as “the Rosary priest,” he made famous the motto, “The family that prays together stays together.”
Patrick was born in Ireland in 1909, the sixth of nine children. Every evening, his whole family would pray the Rosary together. At the age of nine, Patrick felt the desire to join the priesthood when he served at Mass in his home parish. He and his brother came to Pennsylvania in 1927 to reunite with their sister who was married and living there. He worked at the Catholic parish as a janitor; that parish helped solidify his call to the priesthood. Patrick became sick with advanced tuberculosis during his studies in the seminary. As his health continually declined, he was given the choice to undergo surgery or pray for a miracle. Patrick chose to pray. He asked Mary to intercede for him, and that same year, he recovered completely.
Fr. Patrick was ordained a priest in 1941. He made it his mission to bring the Rosary to 10 million families around the world. He wrote letters to bishops and church leaders, asking them to join his campaign. He knew that he would reach far more families if he could get his message out on the radio. So,he traveled to New York City, where he gained the support of the Mutual Broadcasting System and convinced Bing Crosby and a handful of other celebrities to join him on his radio show, where he led families in praying the Rosary.
Fr. Patrick’s radio show was so well-received, he travelled to Hollywood, where his vision began to take shape. Fr. Patrick went on to create radio, television, and film productions, as well as hosting 540 Rosary Rallies all over the world, gathering millions of people in prayer. Fr. Patrick’s organization, Holy Cross Family Ministries, continues his ministry today with rosary and prayer resources, family ministry, and multimedia productions that educate and inspire families around the world to grow in faith and pray together daily.
•Why is it important to be truthful?
•What truth is Jesus referring to in today’s Gospel? Why does Jesus want to guide us to “all truth”?
•If you could ask Jesus anything, what would you ask him?
•Venerable Patrick Peyton used different forms of media to reach families about the faith.What forms of media do we have available to us today to share about God and the importance of prayer