On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had approved a declaration naming Family Theater Productions’ founder, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., as “Venerable.”
He was previously named Servant of God, and this change moves him one step closer to sainthood (learn more here).
It’s a little crazy to think that a man who spent much of his priestly life in the heart of Hollywood (even today, our local neighborhood includes a strip joint) — and, having worked with many big stars, could properly be called a Hollywood producer — may one day become a saint.
But Venerable Father Peyton didn’t set out to be a producer, that was just the means he used to promote the idea of family prayer, especially the rosary.
As he famously said, “The family that prays together stays together.”
Over the last couple of years, we’ve spoken to Catholics at the annual Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California, about a variety of subjects, including Family Prayer and, specifically, Father Peyton.
Here are some of them.
First, Bishop Vann, the Bishop of the Diocese of Orange (which includes Anaheim), talking about his own work promoting family prayer and what Father Peyton means to him:
Next is Joseph Nesta, the Senior Community Relations Officer for Immaculate Heart Radio, who speaks movingly of his personal connection to the Venerable Father Peyton and his work:
Finally, here’s Patrick Coffin, former host of “Catholic Answers Live” and currently podcasting and blogging at his own Websites — PatrickCoffin.net and PatrickCoffin.media — with a short and sweet message about Father Peyton and the power of family prayer:
And if you don’t know where to start, here’s Coffin’s own personal family prayer:
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