The Rosary Priest and the Family Rosary

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The Servant of God Patrick Peyton (1909-1992) was an Irish priest whose efforts to spread the family rosary are unparalleled. Because he believed the rosary to be an effective tool for evangelization and catechesis, he desired to get 10 million families to pray the rosary every day. He initiated several movements to promote the family rosary and produced 15 short films that used the mysteries of the rosary as their central theme. He organized numerous rosary rallies some of which were attended by as many as two million people.

Fr. Peyton influenced Pope Saint Paul VI to write the 1974 apostolic letter Marialis Cultus in which the pope defended the rosary and placed special emphasis on the family rosary.

His devotion to Mary inspired people all over the world to pray the rosary as a means of peaceful resistance to dictatorial regimes. In 1986 Fr. Peyton’s message gave the Filipino people the courage to stand in front of President Ferdinand Marcos’ oncoming tanks with nothing but their rosaries. They were encouraged by billboards along the freeway that read, “The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” The rosary brought about a peaceful revolution without a single shot being fired.

“The family that prays together stays together.”

For the Greater Glory of God,
Fr. Matt