EASTON, Mass. – It all started when one father prayed one Rosary in one home. Today, that singular act has touched the lives of nearly 50 million people around the world – and it continues to spread!
Sainthood candidate the Rev. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., began Family Rosary 75 years ago with the goal of building family unity through daily prayer of the Rosary. He was inspired by his own father, who more than a century ago started praying the Rosary with his family in their poor but spiritually rich home.
Peyton devoted his life to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and praying her Rosary. He became gravely ill as a seminarian and the doctors had no hope of recovery. So he did as his father, John, had taught him back home in Ireland.
“Father Peyton was a seminarian, studying for the priesthood, when he was stricken with tuberculosis,” said the Rev. Wilfred Raymond, CSC, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries. “He prayed his Rosary to the Blessed Mother and made a miraculous recovery. From that moment, he knew he was to be the one to carry out her apostolate, her ministry to bring families together for Rosary prayer, just as his family had done.”
That became the foundational experience for Peyton (1909-92), also known as the “Rosary Priest,” who went on to lead millions in prayer at events around the world. Peyton’s mission, Family Rosary (founded in 1942), continues today through programs, products, events and digital outreach to families around the world. Recently Family Rosary’s Facebook page surpassed one million followers. Thousands are reached daily through prayer posts, videos and spiritual messages. The ministry’s newest outreach, the Daily Family Reflection, provides a daily homily, four-minutes in length, live from The Father Peyton Center in Easton, Massachusetts, USA, available through Facebook and also on their blog, http://blog.FamilyRosary.org. The ministry also helps families pray through their Daily Family Prayer app and their Family Rosary app.
In addition, Family Rosary has partnered with Growing with the Saints, in the development of a Catholic vacation bible school kit that teaches children how to pray the Rosary and includes take-home elements (in English and Spanish) for the family to pray together each day. “Tracking Mary: Mysteries & Messages,” the latest vacation bible school program by Growing with the Saints is available at www.GrowingWithTheSaints.com.
“We reach out to young parents where they are – online!” said Raymond. “Helping our young families pray together to strengthen the faith of their family is the focus of everything we do.”
This year, 2017, also marks the 25th anniversary of Peyton’s death. Family Rosary is honoring Father Peyton’s memory through many events and activities throughout the year. In addition to their ongoing programs, Family Rosary will be announcing shortly the details for a very special prayer event on October 7, 2017.
The Vatican is considering Peyton for sainthood. His life, work, writings and actions are being examined for miracles and other evidence for the canonization of the Rosary Priest.
In the spirit of its founder, Family Rosary continues to inspire, promote and foster the prayer life and spiritual well-being of families throughout the world with programs, products and extensive digital outreach. In addition to the United States, Peyton’s ministry to family spirituality and prayer has offices in 16 countries on five continents, truly encircling the globe with constant prayer with and for families of all nations.
For more information, call 800-299-7729 or visit www.FatherPeyton.org, www.FamilyRosary.org and www.facebook.com/FamilyRosary