Venerable Patrick Peyton

Founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries

An Inspiration for Families Worldwide

Venerable Peyton's Impactful Life

Known the world over as “The Rosary Priest,” Father Peyton began Family Rosary, in Albany, N.Y. in 1942, with the goal of building family unity through daily prayer of the Rosary. Father Peyton went on to lead millions in prayer at over 540 Family Rosary Rallies that drew 28 million people, including 2 million each at events in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Manila, Philippines. Father Peyton, a Catholic media pioneer, spent the 51 years of his priesthood serving the spiritual needs of families.

In 1947, he founded Family Theater Productions in Hollywood. Family Theater Productions produced 900 radio and TV programs that featured hundreds of star actors and other celebrities and had more than 10,000 broadcasts. Father Peyton passed away peacefully in 1992 and was declared "Venerable" by Pope Francis in 2017.

Father Peyton's Work Endures

Eighty years after Father Peyton began our ministry, the essence of Father Peyton’s ministry is relevant and vibrant to families today. Father Peyton still inspires people all over the world by his holy life and the example of his strong and tender devotion to Our Blessed Mother.

As Father Peyton did for so many years, Holy Cross Family Ministries continues to unleash the power and promise of family prayer.

Help Father Peyton's Legacy Endure

The Father Peyton Legacy Society is a group of caring friends who provide for the future of our ministry through a planned gift. Their plan to support Father Peyton’s mission leaves a legacy for generations of families to come.

Join the Father Peyton Legacy Society today by making a planned gift. Through a variety of planned giving options, you can choose what is best for your family’s circumstances. Consider leaving your legacy in a number of ways that cost you nothing now.

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Office of Mission Advancement 

Join the Father Peyton Guild

Guild members around the world commit to praying for the canonization of Venerable Peyton and the continuation of his mission through our ministry.

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