"The family that prays together stays together "...... "A world at prayer is a world at peace."
P. Patrick Peyton was born 9th January 1909 in the townland of Carracastle in Attymass parish in County Mayo in Ireland, a member of a family of nine children. At the age of 19 he and his brother Tom, emigrated to the United States where he was their sister, Nellie. His desire was right from his childhood, being ordained priest, but his family in Ireland was not able to meet it because of the cost of education. In the United States committed itself to full-time study for the priesthood. During his final year in seminary he was diagnosed the tuberculosis. P. Patrick was very weak and was given little hope from the medical team, to recover full health. Patrick had great faith and prayed a lot the Blessed Virgin Mary for a recovery to health. Her prayers were listened and his health began to improve with amazement of the medical profession. He was ordained priest on 15th June 1941, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. P. Peyton was so grateful to the Blessed Virgin Mary for his health, with the permission of his superiors, began the Prayer Crusade which took him all over the world preaching the importance of prayer, especially family prayer. In the post-World War II, P. Peyton worked tirelessly to promote the recitation of the Rosary in the family. He was the founder of the "Family Rosary" and his famous slogan was: "The family that prays together stays together." He organized hundreds of radio and television showed many of the famous movie stars of Hollywood and Broadway. P. Peyton died June 3 1992 and is buried in the cemetery of Santa Croce - Stonehill College in Easton, MA.