Current Status of the Cause

What about Father Peyton’s Cause for Sainthood?

Bishop Hubbard and Dr Ambrosi sign closing documents

Timeline of the Cause of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

• Father Patrick Peyton died on June 3, 1992, at the age of 83, in San Pedro, California. He was buried at the cemetery of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Easton, Massachusetts. The cause was transferred from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (his place of death) to the Diocese of Fall River (the place of his burial).

July, 1997: First step in the Cause process. The Promoter group – the Congregation of Holy Cross – through the Postulator asked the bishop for the opening of an investigation.

June, 2001: A “nihil obstat” was granted from Rome and Father Peyton was given the title, “Servant of God.”

October, 2003: Opening session of the Diocesan Inquiry. Bishop George Coleman, D.D., the Bishop of Fall River, MA, presided over the opening of the Diocesan Inquiry, which reviewed the heroic practice of virtue and reputation for holiness of Father Peyton. Diocesan tribunal members heard witness testimony on his heroic Christian virtues and holiness of life. The members of the Theological Commission and the Historical Commission were officially appointed.
o Theological Commission is appointed to study the candidate’s writings, published and unpublished to ascertain faithfulness to teachings of the Catholic Church.
o The Historical Commission is appointed to collect and examine all the documents of the candidate.

November 2005, the review of a possible medical miracle in Africa was closed and the documentation was sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. The subjects of the possible medical miracle, two family members, were both healed from a life-threatening disease. With Holy Cross Fathers, they prayed for Father Peyton’s intercession. To date both family members are symptom-free of the disease.

November, 2008, due to the significant scope of the study, the Cause for Sainthood of Father Peyton was moved from the Diocese of Fall River to the Archdiocese of Baltimore by the Holy See. Members of the ecclesiastical tribunal, assigned to study the life and ministry of Father Peyton, were sworn-in during a Mass and given direction by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore.

July, 2010: The tribunal in Baltimore closed and the 6,000 pages of documentation (known as the "Acts") was sent to Rome to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. This document is the result of a six-year study conducted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in conjunction with 34 other dioceses (Rogatory Tribunals) around the world. It includes testimonies of those who knew Father Peyton as well as all documents either about his sacramental life or documents he authored.

November, 2010 – Diocese of Albany – Tribunal formed by His Excellency, Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany, presided over the Opening Session of the Diocesan Inquiry of the possible medical miracle attributed to Servant of God Patrick Peyton. The subject of the possible medical miracle was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening, multiple organ failure, the family prayed to Father Peyton, and the person survived.

June, 2011 – Diocese of Albany – Closing Liturgy for the Tribunal formed for the review of a possible medical miracle attributed to the intercession of Sainthood Candidate, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

April, 2012 - The "Acts" filed in July, 2010, by the Baltimore Tribunal, were declared "Juridically Valid," which means the documentation was prepared correctly and accepted into record.

December, 2014 - A summary of the 6,000 pages (The "Acts") from the Baltimore Tribunal was completed by the Postulator, Dr. Ambrosi. This document, called a Positio (or Position Document), is a 1,300 page summary of Father Peyton’s life and ministry. This is the primary source for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to determine if Father Peyton lived a life of heroic virtue and sanctity of life.

April, 2015: Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries; Father David S. Marcham, Vice Postulator; and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, presented the Positio to Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

NEXT: If the Congregation for the Causes of Saints determines that Father Peyton led a life of holiness - a life of heroic virtue - the Cause goes to the Holy Father and he can confer the title, “Venerable” upon Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

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