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Attymass’ Rosary Priest begins road to Sainthood


FUTURE SAINT? The late Fr Patrick Peyton.

Anton McNulty

AN Attymass born priest internationally known as the ‘Rosary Priest’ has been put on the road to sainthood after he was declared ‘venerable’ by Pope Francis.
Fr Patrick Peyton was declared venerable by the Pope on December 18, which is the first step on the process of becoming a Saint.
Fr Peyton was born in Attymass on January 9, 1909, and emigrated to the United States aged 19 and was ordained a member of the Holy Cross Order in 1941. He was one of Ireland’s most famous priests and was internationally known as the ‘Rosary Priest’.
The Fr Peyton Memorial Centre in Attymass commemorates the life and apostolic work of Venerable Patrick Peyton and is a place of respite, prayer and peace.
Fr Steve Gibson CSC Spiritual Director of the Fr Peyton Centre said he was delighted to hear the news that Fr Peyton has progressed on the road to Sainthood.
“Those of us who knew him are not surprised at all. In 1986 he came into my office where I was working at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and told me he wanted me to come and work for him. I am proud to say I am working for a saint for 31 years,” he said.
In the Roman Catholic Church’s Latin rite, The Venerable is the title used for a person who has been posthumously declared ‘heroic in virtue’ during the investigation and process leading to canonisation as a saint.
Known the world over as the ‘Rosary Priest’, he began Family Rosary, in Albany, New York in 1942, more than 75 years ago with the goal of building family unity through daily praying of the Rosary. He went on to lead millions in prayer at 40 Family Rosary rallies that drew 28 million people, including two million each at events in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Manila, Philippines.
Fr Peyton was also known as a Catholic media pioneer, and in 1947, he founded Family Theater Productions in Hollywood. Family Theater Productions produced 900 radio and TV programmes that featured hundreds of star actors and other celebrities and had more than 10,000 broadcasts.
He is credited with popularising the phrases; ‘The family that prays together stays together’ and ‘A world at prayer is a world at peace’.
Fr John Maloney, Administrator, Attymass Parish said it was a great privilege for the parish that Fr Peyton has gone to the next stage towards beatification and canonisation.
Padraic Walsh, Manager of the Fr Peyton Centre, said the news was great for the Centre and for Attymass.
“We are so proud here in the Centre and look forward to more people visiting from all over Ireland. Our village has recently won the Pride of Place Award as well, all good things are happening for Attymass at the moment,” he said.

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