Fr. Peyton 1909-1992
Fr. Patrick Peyton was born on 9th January 1909, just outside Attymass Parish. He was one of nine children. At the age of nineteen he and his brother, Tom, emigrated to the United States to join their sister, Nellie. His wish from boyhood was to be ordained a priest but his family were unable to meet the cost of his education.
In the United States he returned to full-time education and studied for the priesthood. During his final year in the seminary he was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. At that time tuberculosis was incurable. Fr Patrick was very weak and was given little hope by the medical team of recovering to full health. Fr Patrick had great faith and prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary for a recovery to health. His prayers were answered and his health began to improve to the amazement of the medical profession.
He was ordained to the priesthood on 15th June 1941.
Fr Peyton was so grateful to the Blessed Virgin Mary for his health that he, with the permission of his superiors, began the Prayer Crusades, which took him all over the world preaching the importance of prayer, especially family prayer.
Fr. Peyton addressed 26,450,000 people during his prayer crusade years. His biggest gathering of people being in Manila in 1985 where he addressed 2 million people.
He staged hundreds of radio and television shows with many of the famous movie stars of Broadway and Hollywood taking part. He was the founder of “Family Rosary” and “Family Theatre”.
Father Peyton with Gregory Peck
Father Peyton with Bing Crosby
His famous slogan was “The family that prays together stays together”.
Fr. Peyton died on June 3, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.