. Jokes Are Still Funny, Right? In the interests of full disclosure, I manage social media and blog for Family Theater Productions, the company Father Peyton founded in 1947. Fr Peyton, who founded The Family Rosary in 1942 to build family unity through the daily praying of the Rosary, is perhaps best known for his saying, “the family that prays together stays together.” The title Venerable, means that the Holy Father has recognised Fr Peyton… Peyton lived to achieve his goal many times over. Patrick was baptized on January 10, 1909. It is an exquisite journal as usual. More on his sainthood campaign here. Peyton extended his ministry with worldwide Rosary rallies, sullied only slightly by questions about receiving funding from the CIA for foreign ministry trips. Father Peyton, a Catholic media pioneer, spent the 51 years of his priesthood serving the spiritual needs of families. In the late ’50s and ’60s and beyond, Family Theater started producing TV specials, starring such folks as Raymond Burr, James Dean (in his first credited screen appearance), Petula Clark, William Shatner, Bob Newhart and Princess Grace (in her last screen appearance). With the Cold War threatening a new world peace, Peyton's work in promoting prayer was recognized by the Holy See. And, remarkably, Der Bingle said yes. His father made him promise to remain faithful to God. And they’re like, ‘Really, why haven’t I heard of him?’, “He had that big rally in San Francisco, but a lot of people will be like, ‘Yeah, I really don’t remember that.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, there’s other stuff in the Philippines, Brazil, Colombia, millions of people.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, never heard of him.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow.’, “So, when I saw the movie, I was like, ‘This is a phenomenal way to visually get this message out.’ Because, right now, the younger people, they’re visual. An honorary Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton exemplified the importance of the rosary. He is an author and former Anglican cleric who came into full communion with the Catholic Church on January 1, 2019. Get updates from Kate O'Hare's Pax Culturati delivered straight to your inbox. Patrick Peyton was born on January 9, 1909, and was the 6 th of 9 children. This is the story of a tireless missionary, an unlikely hero, … It still sits in its original location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, in the midcentury-modern building he commissioned — and it also produced PRAY. It could be lame; it could be hokey; it could be dorky.’ But then I watched it, and I said, ‘This thing’s awesome.’, “It is so inspiring. Based in Los Angeles, Kate O'Hare is a veteran entertainment journalist, Social Media Manager for Family Theater Productions and a rookie screenwriter. “I came into it,” he says in a phone interview, “already having some knowledge of who Father Peyton was, because I have written six books on the Rosary. Father Peyton's fame spread around the world, and audiences in the millions flocked to his public prayer rallies. Who Was Father Peyton? It took tough love, rehab, his mother’s conversion to Catholicism and fervent prayers, and his own eventual spiritual awakening, to turn a sullen, angry teenager into a Catholic priest. He was the one who asked Mia about Peyton during the tour. Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. That phrase was coined by Father Patrick Peyton, a priest with a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother, who made it his mission to inspire people around the world to pray the Rosary. This is the story of a tireless missionary, an unlikely hero, and one of history’s greatest advocates for family prayer. That’s one quality he greatly admires in Father Peyton. He’s featured in two of them in major ways. Father Peyton — who was declared Venerable by the Vatican in 2017 — also wasn’t a perfect angel growing up. As someone who liked to begin things on Marian days, he debuted his first national radio show for Mutual Broadcasting System in New York City on May 13, 1945. Andrew Petiprin is Fellow of Popular Culture at the Word on Fire Institute. If I give them a book on Father Peyton, they’ll be like, ‘Whatever.'”. Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. To win souls for the kingdom of God, many heralds of the Gospel demonstrate a total commitment to Christ that may look a bit reckless in the eyes of the world. He trusted like … unbelievable.”. He was a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross who, after surviving a bout with tuberculosis as a seminarian at Notre Dame — which he attributed to Mary’s intercession — became laser-focused on promoting family prayer, especially the Rosary. I’m so busy being for things that I don’t have time to let things I’m against encroach on my schedule.” Pray brings to the forefront the sweet, blustery voice of the priest crying out for God’s mercy for the families of the world, using whatever means he had at his disposal. He doesn’t really seem to have considered himself to be much, and he just didn’t go out there tooting his own horn. Using television, radio and film, Father Peyton was a modern-day missionary who went on to encourage devotion to the Blessed Mother and inspire families to pray together. Toward the end of his life, Peyton lamented the loss of popular devotions despite his best efforts to promote them, insisting in speech after speech on the “domestic church” model that Pope Francis would later champion in Amoris Laetitia. Patrick Peyton was just such an evangelist, and the new film Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton, directed by Jonathan Cipiti, tells his tale. Eventually, Family Theater was able to reach into millions of American living rooms with one overwhelming message: Pray. Merry Christmas from Word on Fire! Peyton began his media ministry with print and letter-writing campaigns, but was quickly drawn to the power of mass media, starting with radio. '”, I once asked Family Theater’s head of production, Father David Guffey, C.S.C., an executive producer of PRAY, why people would keep talking to Father Peyton, knowing he was going to ask for money. Originally he came to America to seek fortune like … When he sat down to watch a screener of the documentary PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, in select theaters on Friday, Oct. 9, Father Donald Calloway, MIC, wasn’t exactly coming to the story cold. Peyton met a famous musician named Mick Wolf, who used to know Ellie. A naturally shy man, Father Peyton nonetheless managed to corral the elite of Hollywood to support his cause. “He’s a model,” he says. Cinema, Movies, Prayer, Rosary, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! Cipiti’s film shows how Peyton miraculously survived tuberculosis by committing himself entirely to the power of prayer, eventually graduating from Notre Dame and becoming a larger-than-life priest who was famous for coining the expression, “The family that prays together stays together.”, Pray depicts Fr. Naturally shy, “The Rosary Priest,” eventually went on to pray with 28 million people through large Rosary rallies he organized. 4:10). By his own admission, Calloway’s path to the priesthood was, to put it mildly, rocky. In 1947, he founded Family Theater Productions in Hollywood. (January 9, 1909 – June 3, 1992), also known as The Rosary Priest, was an Irish Roman Catholic priest and promoter of the Rosary. Father Peyton, who was born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, grew up praying the Rosary with his family. Patrick’s father was about 42 years old at the time of Patrick’s birth and was already stricken with poor health. 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And I didn’t know anything about Father Peyton before I went to work for the company. We hear briefly from Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who recounts how Peyton’s 1972 Rosary rally in Manilla gathered over 2 million people, and may have played a role in a peaceful political transition. They’re like, ‘No, I don’t trust you guys. But, at the root of that is what he was saying, but also his lived example. He had considered priesthood, but made up his mind he wanted a family. Finding this beautiful page in the Word on Fire Bible was the perfect way to end this holy day , Thank you @BishopBarron and the Word on Fire team for assembling such a beautiful Bible. Peyton’s example, dads can be fools for Christ in front of their wives and kids in these trying times. Father Patrick Peyton founder of the Family Rosary Crusade talks about a lifelong devotion to the Rosary. Thanks to the Word on Fire team. Father Peyton’s fame spreads around the world and audiences in the millions flock to his public prayer rallies. Solidifying me as the best son-in-law ever. The show and the company he set up to produce it was then called Family Theater. Peyton’s activity as a mission-minded, media-savvy leader. Fr. In the meantime, Father Peyton circled the globe, right up until shortly before his death in 1992, holding huge Rosary rallies. His efforts earned him the title "The Rosary Priest". Informed that Bing Crosby was the biggest name in Tinseltown, broadcasting neophyte Father Peyton simply cold-called him and invited him to appear on … Peyton's crusades drew overflow crowds of 75,000 to the Polo Grounds in New York, 83,000 to Wembley Stadium in London and 80,000 to a stadium in Melbourne, Australia. $14.99 View in iTunes. 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